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Sun Jan 31 2021 7:14PM - A quick QSO from the SST contest tonight. For I think the 3rd out of the last 4 Sunday evenings, I worked N2GG in NM on 40M.

A strange s@#w storm so far. According to earlier forecasts, we should have about a foot of s#$w on the ground, but instead we have only a trace. I don't know how other areas in the northeast are faring, but we are very grateful for what is happening here. There are still a couple days to go before the storm exits, but the forecasts have maybe realized what is happening and backed off to maybe 2 or 3 inches total. That could change though.

Otherwise I did some of my end of the month work today. Last night I did upload my January log to eQSL and LoTW. Today I wrote my checks for the first half of February bills and walked them to the post office.

I thought I'd spend some time with Jasmine again today, but she was busy with chores. Don't tell anyone, but we're both hoping for a school s#$w day off tomorrow. As she said though, if schools are closed, there may be on-line learning since the system is set up because of the virus. We'll see.

Later tonight, I'll do the drawing for the ARRL Gift Certificate. Barring last minute entries, there are four calls to choose from: W4DUK, K0SAM, N8UCN, KA3FUR. I'll post the winner in tomorrow's diary entry and get the certificate in the mail as soon as possible depending on the weather. -30-

Sat Jan 30 2021 7:07PM - Of course a very quick 160M streak QSO again tonight, thanks to W9RE in IN. He's a great contester and I've had many easy QSOs with him in various contests. I wonder how many QSOs he and other big contesters have made. I know Bud AA3B has something like 1,300,000 if I remember right.

It was a good day otherwise also. Jasmine and I finished our jigsaw puzzle. I played quite a bit of the Bricks game. And the WX forecast as of now is for a s@#w only event with about 6-7 inches of the stuff, but, again as of now, no freezing rain remains in the forecasts. That's alway good because as bad as s@#w is, freezing rain is worse. I think maybe now I'll start some of my end of the month chores, perhaps upload my January log to LoTW and eQSL after I double check all the entries. -30-

Fri Jan 29 2021 7:08PM - I forgot about the 160M contest until I checked the WA7BNM Contest Calendar. So, a quick streak QSO tonight and another one tomorrow night. However, I had to call 3 or 4 stations tonight before getting one to hear and work me. Tnx to VE3AT.

Did you know that today is National Puzzle Day? I didn't either, but when I found out, I made a NPD card for my puzzle partner. She and I will hopefully be able to work on our puzzle tomorrow and maybe finish it.

Still not much else going on today. I have a weather page with a ton of weather links on my computer, and I did quite a bit of needed updating on it today. When Intellicast merged with Weather Underground a few months ago, that changed a lot of links. And that covers this last Friday in January. Except that I just got a little while ago, another entry in the ARRL Gift Certificate "raffle" which makes four entries with just two days left to enter. See the January 19 diary entry for info. -30-

Thu Jan 28 2021 7:23PM - Again not much going on here. Sure will be nice when winter is over, then maybe things will pick up again. Next up is a winter storm late this coming weekend. There are conflicting reports over just what it will deliver. Let's hope for just s#$w. As bad as it is, it is still better than freezing rain.

It took a little time to get my QSO tonight. There wasn't a lot of activity on the bands outside of the 80 meter nets. I persevered though and finally found WZ4L calling CQ and worked him on 80.

Just a couple days now to enter the ARRL Gift Certificate drawing. See the January 19 diary entry for details.

I had a whole bunch of visitors to my web site yesterday. That usually means it has been posted somewhere. If you know where, please email and let me know. Thanks. -30-

Wed Jan 27 2021 6:49PM - Last night I worked the 15 year old ham Jack in MD again, KC3PZY. In a little while now, I'll see what tonight brings in about 10 minutes or so.

Really nothing much else to talk about today. It was a quiet chilly day with only a very few fine flurries. It never did get much above freezing although the high was 35 probably at midnight last night. I didn't see anything above 31 on the thermometer during the daylight hours. -30-

Tue Jan 26 2021 6:48PM - Might as well write this now as probably nothing will change as the rest of the evening draws to a close. We fared well with the storm last night. Only a very thin coating of freezing rain, no s@#w or sleet that I know of. We did have mostly regular rain, maybe a tenth of an inch or a little more. I'll have to get a remote reading precipitation gauge to go along with the temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure readouts. There were some slick spots on the roads but since I don't drive, that doesn't matter to me. There wasn't any school today because of the roads.

I did some computer updating along with repairing some floor tiles to pass the time.

I started reading the Big Boy book (say that fast 5 times) last night, and it is going to be very interesting reading.

Time to get ready to head to the shack. I'm hoping for a quick streak QSO again although I really don't have any reason to hurry. I probably should hang around the shack longer if I do get the streak QSO quickly. -30-

Mon Jan 25 2021 7:17PM - A lot of time spent today wondering about the weather and what is going to happen overnight. It's still predicted to be a mixed bag of rain, sleet, s#$w, and freezing rain, but the amounts predicted keep getting lower, so that's good.

Not much else pops into mind about today. Well, Donna next door told me that Jasmine enjoyed working the jigsaw this weekend so that made me feel good. Also I got a big book in the mail about the history of the UP Big Boy locomotives from their inception through the restoration of #4014. I'm looking forward to reading that, which I'll be doing in bed. I always read something for 20-30 minutes before going to sleep.

My streak QSO was a quicky tonight with KC1KUG who was turning out quick QSOs from the K1TTT contest station. Took a while for him to get my call right and at one point I think he thought I was K3WW as he called me Chas. But it wound up a good QSO. -30-

Sun Jan 24 2021 6:35PM - I thought I'd write the diary entry a bit early tonight. Then after I get a quick streak QSO in the SST contest this evening, I can do my laundry.

It was another good day today. Jasmine was over here for a couple hours, and we continued work on the jigsaw. We're about 3/4 to 4/5 finished now, and another good hour or two session may finish it. Hard to say when that will be though.

Now I need to find something to do for 20 minutes till 0000Z comes along.

Oh, I got a third entry in the ARRL Gift Certificate "raffle" today. See the diary entry for January 19 for details. -30-

Sat Jan 23 2021 7:23PM - Thanks to another contest, a quick streak QSO this evening from KM4SII in NC on 80 meters. This was something like a UK/EI contest where everyone works everyone else. It was fairly active on 80 at least. I didn't listen elsewhere.

This was a good day today. I spent a good part of the afternoon with Jasmine who was helping me with a little project. When that was finished, we started work on a 550 piece jigsaw. It wasn't too easy and after a couple hours with a pause for some ice cream, we only finished about a third of it.

It looks like we have some nasty weather on the way to peak on Monday night with a mix of all kinds of precipitation. The exact recipe hasn't been decided on yet with different weather services offering different choices. I'm rooting for those that exclude freezing rain.

Still only two entries in the ARRL Gift Certificate "raffle". See the entry for January 19 for details. -30-

Fri Jan 22 2021 7:34PM - What's going on in ham radio? I worked another teenage CW ham this evening. 15 year old Jack KC3PZY on 80 meters who answered my first CQ. Just a couple weeks ago, I worked another teenager. Let me see now. That was Jon KC3PQC who was 13 and a ham for about 6 months. Jack was a ham for 4 months. The thought occured they may be related but Jack is in Maryland and Jon is in Pennsylvania. Let me check QRZ. Well they have different last names. So I guess just a coincidence or there is some kind of recruiting going on for teenage CW hams. I have no idea when I last worked any teenagers on CW, but it's been a long time before these two.

It was a pretty good day today. Bruce took me shopping at Sprankle's so I could use up a gift certificate there I got for Christmas. Still have quite a bit left on it though, so I may have to make up another big list for next week before it expires on January 31.

I've got another little project in the works I hope to get started on this weekend. I'm not going to say anything about it here yet. Just a little teaser. HI

No more responses to the ARRL Gift Certificate offer today. Still just two folks who are interested. -30-

Thu Jan 21 2021 7:18PM - Hey I got the year right tonight! I've had a couple responses to my ARRL Gift Certificate "raffle" so far. At least I will have a winner whether it's one of those two or someone yet to send in their email as described in the diary entry for January 19.

Again not much to write about today. I did some maintenance on my model railroad, lubricating one engine and doing some track cleaning. I also played quite a bit of Bricks on the computer lowering a lot of my scores on various rounds.

A quick QSO tonight from K4IBZ on 40 meters. Heard him calling CQ just about as soon as I turned the rig on at 0001Z. -30-

Wed Jan 20 2021 7:28PM - Gee, I'm back to 2020 again the past couple diary entries. I think everywhere else I use 2021 correctly. I don't know what it is about the diary entries. HI

Nothing at all going on here today. I was hoping to see Jasmine, but she's a very busy girl with school, chores, meals, homework, etc. and I am glad when she does have some time to share with me.

So lacking that, I did some house cleaning and cleaned out some junk drawers. Plus other things like that to pass the time such as playing computer games.

I had a 2xQRP QSO for the streak tonight with NI8N in OH on 80M. Then if I remember, I'll try to get one or two QSOs in our NAQCC sprint later tonight.

Did you read last night's entry about the ARRL gift certificate? So far no responses. -30-

Tue Jan 19 2021 7:45PM - Looks like I was trying to rush the end of winter. I just noticed I had the date on yesterday's diary entry as January 28 instead of January 18. HI

I had two QSOs this evening. I worked Bob N2UU, and after we finished, Steve W3OKC called me. That was on 80 meters. Despite that, the bands didn't seem all that active tonight.

The good day yesterday got me all energized and I got a lot of work done today like watering my house plants, scrubbing some of my floors, and other things I won't bother listing.

A few months ago, I won an ARRL $25.00 gift certificate that expires 07/01/2021. Neither Mike nor I plan to be ordering anything from them anytime soon. So, hating to see it go to waste, I've decided to, with Mike in agreement, give it away to one of my diary readers. All you need do is email me with your call, name, and mailing address and I'll mail it to you. If I get more than one reply, I'll let my computer do a random drawing to determine the winner. See the "Email Me" link in the upper right corner of the home page here on my web site, or email j s k 3 w w p (at) w i n d s t r e a m . n e t without the spaces. Hopefully that will discourage the spambots. The deadline to receive your email is the end of January so act quickly if you are interested. -30-

Mon Jan 18 2021 7:51PM - It was a very good day today. I'm going to let Mike give his thoughts on the day, then I may add some more, or maybe not. Now, here's Mike.

Good evening everyone. Our day started around 9:45AM when I arrived at John's QTH. I would have arrived earlier but due to a accident on RTE 28 where I turn off to get to Kittanning I decided to run 2 errands in the shopping center in West Kittanning since I had to detour in that direction. We sat and chatted a bit before John pulled out a Chirstmas gift he got from his neighbor Bruce. A drone. We went over the instrutions as I attached the blade protectors. Found out how to charge the battery and put batteries in the controler. While the main battery was charging we tried a few block puzzles on the computer followed by a few train runs. After the battery charged we installed it in the drone. You get approximately 7 minutes of flight time with a charge that takes an hour and a half. We tested it out in his living room to make sure it powered up properly. It needs a bit of fine tuning, as do most small drones due to the very small gyroscope in them. The gyroscope of a CH 47 is bigger than a basketball in order to keep a helicopter that large controlable. It doesn't need the extra fine tuning that a drone needs. I learned about this from a gentleman who used to fly life flight from the Brookville Hospital. We will wait for much warmer weather before we head outdoors and run it through its paces. After the drone and a Roscoe walk we had a late lunch/early dinner which John will go over. Later in the afternoon we tried our hand at a Sherlock Holmes game followed by John's daily QSO.

Thats all I have for now. de Mike KC2EGL 73.

Thanks Mike. About the dinner. On Christmas night when Mike and I and Jasmine took our Christmas lights tour, I wanted to get both of them something to eat, but we ran out of time plus had a tough time finding an eating place that was open. So, I said the next time the three of us got together, I would treat both of them to a meal. That was today. I arranged with Jasmine to join us when she got home from school. She came over around 3:30 and we decided what to eat, namely a pizza. So Mike ordered one and went to pick it up. While he was gone, Jasmine and I talked and played computer games. When he got home with the pizza, we finished that off pretty quickly. Then I had a surprise for Jasmine. She mentioned wanting ice cream on our lights tour, so Mike and I got a quart of Neopolitan ice cream, and after we finished the pizza, I brought out the ice cream and asked what flavor she wanted and she chose a mix of vanilla and chocolate. After the meal, Jasmine and I played some more computer games until it was time for her to go home. Mike completed the rest of the day in his part of the diary. So 73 for now. -30-

Sun Jan 17 2021 7:15PM - It was a good day today despite the light coating of s@#w overnight. The temperature in the upper 30s quickly took care of the ugly white stuff. Now we're back to bare ground again.

I just started my laundry. It's nice to have the SST sprint Sunday evening so I can get a quick streak QSO and then do my laundry and keep Monday mornings free for something else. I worked the same station tonight I worked last Sunday evening, N2GG Gil in NM on 40 meters.

Really looking forward to tomorrow. I told you a couple evenings ago, I was working on a couple projects to do with Mike when he visits tomorrow. My neighbor gave me a drone for Christmas, and if the weather is nice, we might put it together and try it out. Of course, we'll be playing ham radio and trains throughout the day. Then after school, I'll be able to keep a promise I made to Jasmine and Mike on our Christmas night lights tour. We didn't have time to get something to eat then, and I said the next time we all three are together, I'd get us all something to eat. I cleared it with Jasmine late this afternoon. I didn't realize her school didn't have MLK day off so we had to juggle the schedule a bit.

Sounds like a real great day, doesn't it?

My memory is just not what it used to be. I forgot to include one other really good thing that happened today. I got a call from Tom Mitchell WY3H. That's the first time we talked in several months. He is doing well despite his health problems and a bout with Covid19 in December. He said to say hello to everyone. I know some of you diary readers know Tom so you are included in the everyone. -30-

Sat Jan 16 2021 7:13PM - Again nothing much going on today. I took care of my second half of the month bills with a trip to the PO. Kind of chilly today but good walking weather.

The HA DX contest provided a pretty quick QSO. It's an everybody works everybody contest so I worked N3DXX on 40. -30-

Fri Jan 15 2021 7:39PM - Another quiet day today with spring like rainy cool temperatures. I can't even remember anything out of the ordinary I did today except got caught up on logging my LoTW matches.

Looking forward to a visit from Mike on Monday. Still working on a couple plans for projects that day. I hope to have more to say about them in tomorrow's or Sunday's diary entries.

It took a little while to get my QSO tonight, but not all that long as I worked KI4XH on 40 meters at 0011Z. -30-

Thu Jan 14 2021 7:23PM - A quiet day today. Just did some house cleaning and some computer gaming. Running trains took up some time also.

A quick streak QSO tonight at 0005Z, only 2 minutes after I turned the rig on. I worked AA4WW in KY on 80 meters in a short QSO. That actually pretty much summed up my day. Ho Hum.

Oh, today marks the mid point of winter. Just about 45 days to go now. Let's hope for a second half as nice as the first. -30-

Wed Jan 13 2021 7:47PM - This was a good day in many ways. Still no s@#w on the ground which is always good.

Also working an old friend for my streak QSO is always good. Tonight it was Vic K9UIY. We first worked on September 20, 1964 in a contest on 40 meters. So he's definitely a member of my 50 Years Club for folks with whom I've had QSOs more than 50 years apart. I'll have to update the club numbers sometime.

Late in the afternoon, I went to pick up my monthly Senior Box Food Bank box of food, and then did some shopping at our Sprankle's grocery store.

When we got home I ran into Jasmine who was taking care of their Food Bank boxes, and got a chance to visit for a few minutes. She brings what they don't use from the boxes over to me. When she did, I asked her to stay for a couple minutes and I showed her the game Bricks I talked about yesterday. She seemed very interested in it and I hope she'll find time to come over and try it out. -30-

Tue Jan 12 2021 7:33PM - A busy day today with a lot of little things, but no big projects. I did some house cleaning, especially cleaning some tile floors. It's amazing how dirt builds up so gradually, you don't even notice it. Then when you clean it, the difference is quick and astounding. I also did some more work on my digital photo collection. Although I didn't see her today, Jasmine has gotten my interest in puzzles at a comeback. Years ago around 1999, I was hooked on a game called "Bricks", a computer game written by Andreas Rottler in Germany. I did quite well at it and for a time I held some world records on it till the smarter folks came along and wiped them out. My name is still listed as one time record holder though. Also since I was there in the early days of the game and communicated with Andreas about the game several times, he has my name listed on the main program screen for whatever reason. It's a derivative of the Polish game Klotski that used wooden blocks, and Microsoft made a digital version of Klotski also. Anyway I'm getting back into them as of today and I'd like to find out what Jasmine thinks of it and how she does with it when she has time out of a very busy teenager schedule. If it sounds like something you'd be interested in, here's a link to Bricks and to Klotski.

There were also a few other things I did today, but I won't mention all of them except for one. In addition to this web site diary, I also keep another diary with more personal stuff in it. I worked on that quite a bit today getting caught up on things in hopes of making it more of a true diary with daily entries. I won't be saying anything more about that. I just want to let you know I also have other things going for me besides what I report here in this on-line diary.

It was a bit tough on the bands tonight. Conditions weren't that bad, but just about everyone I heard was engaged in a QSO or in a net or looking for members of a club of which I am not a member. I finally did hear and work W9IK in IL on 40 though to keep the streak going. Incidentally I've been meaning to mention this for a while, but I am now within a year of reaching the 10,000 day mark in the streak if I make it that far. Let's see, it's now 341 more days to go if my math is right. -30-

Mon Jan 11 2021 7:57PM - Today was a good day with nice weather. You know, it's been so long since we've had s#$w on the ground, I almost can't remember what it looks like. I don't keep track of s@#wfall here, but if memory serves, we haven't had any on the ground at all this year. Well, except for a brief trace that fell this morning and was gone before you could say, "begone, evil white stuff!" That is extremely rare as s#$w usually starts in earnest here right after the first of the year.

I worked an old friend with a similar call tonight for my streak QSO. Jim K4WOP answered my 80 meters CQ and we chatted for 33 minutes. I like those kind of long QSOs. I used my bug for the whole QSO. I had been away from it for several days for some reason.

My friend Jasmine visited after school today. We worked on an old wooden Saturn puzzle I got as a kid many years ago. Or should that be MANY MANY YEARS? HI. Here's a picture of the Saturn puzzle which we couldn't quite finish before she had to go home. Next to it is a 3D jigsaw puzzle we are also working on. We didn't have a chance to work at it today.


Sun Jan 10 2021 7:10PM - I think the number of stupid things we do increases exponentially with age. I just noticed the previous 5 or so diary entries had the year as 2020 instead of 2021. I'm amazed and a little disappointed that no one noticed that and pointed it out to me, especially Mike KC2EGL. But then, he's getting old too. HI

Anyway that's fixed now, and I can go looking to see what else stupid I've done lately. I know some, but I'm not going into them.

It was a pretty nice day today, even a little better than yesterday. The weather was nice enough that I went for my first walking shopping trip of the year this afternoon in the sunny low 40 degree weather.

Of course every Monday (UTC) as of now starts with the SST sprint providing an easy streak QSO. Tonight it was N2GG in NM on 40 meters.

That sums up today to this point as I'm updating my web site and doing my laundry. -30-

Sat Jan 9 2021 7:04PM - I won't go into details, but it was not the best of days here. At least the NAQP provided me with a quick QSO at 0001Z when I worked N4CW in NC on 40 meters.

Well, I guess the weather was pretty good also. A lot of sun with temperatures in the low 40s and no precip of any kind. -30-

Fri Jan 8 2021 7:23PM - I made it a busy day for myself. I did a lot of work on my weather records and now am pretty much up to date on all of them. I computed the new normal records which will used from now through 2030 if I'm around that long. HI They are based on all the readings from 1991 through 2020. It was interesting to see that this set of normals vs. the last set from 1981 through 2010 were all pretty much in the range of 1 to 1.5 or 2 degrees higher. Global warming, but probable not long-time, more like that back in the 1930s. Precipitation normals are about the same for both periods, maybe a tad higher for this new set. I'll have to examine all the records a little more closely. I just computed them today.

I'm also in the middle of getting caught up on my logging of LoTW and eQSL matches. I kind of let it slip a bit since I had such a good and busy December and first few days of January.

The bands were tricky tonight and I thought maybe I'd have to wait for the NAQP tomorrow afternoon for my streak QSO. However I finally found W0DY in OK calling CQ on 40 and worked him. It was a QRP-QRO QSO. I was of course at my usual 5 watts, and he was running 500 watts.

Think I'll go back to logging LoTW matches now. -30-

Thu Jan 7 2021 6:54PM - A brighter day today with some nice sunshine and some continuing clear skies tonight. I just went for a short walk outside and Orion was well up in the sky over in the east. It really lifts the spirit especially when you can also spend a little time with a friend as well.

Just getting ready to head to the shack for the streak QSO and thought I'd post a short diary entry while I am waiting. I hope the bands are good tonight and I can get a quick QSO. I'll know in about three minutes from now. -30-

Wed Jan 6 2021 7:29PM - A bit rough on the bands tonight, but I made it through. Thanks to Barry WA7WKY in Cincinnati, OH on 80 meters. Barry and I have worked a few times before.

Sometimes boring is good. The Penn State WX crew says we're in a stretch of 'boring' weather. That means little variation in temperature and no precipitation. That doesn't bore me at all. I love it. So far it has been within 30-40 degrees all month so far and virtually all of December's s#$w has now melted. -30-

Tue Jan 5 2021 7:48PM - I just emailed Mike about my streak QSO, and to avoid reinventing the wheel, here is pretty much a copy/paste of what I sent.

Just had an interesting streak QSO. I worked KC3PQC who is 13 years old and been licensed for 6 months. I haven't worked anyone that young that I know of for many many years now. Might have been someone in a contest QSO, but not a regular type QSO. He had good CW and good procedure. Sending around 15 WPM or maybe a tad slower. I'm wondering if he has a relative who is a ham. Let's see if I can get a clue from his QRZ listing. Nope, no info there except his last name is Patton and I've worked hams with that last name. There are other hams in his town with the name of Patton. All three live at the same address, one with a call close to his (a brother?), and one with a W3 call (father?). So after a quiet day here, that added a little interest to things.

And that is it for the entry. Not much else to write about. -30-

Mon Jan 4 2021 7:28PM - A quiet day again today. Still working on my old digital photos. That's turning into quite a long task, but at least I'm back to 2006 now which is the year I got my first digital camera. Unfortunately I took a LOT of pictures that first year getting used to digital photography.

40 meters was quite busy this evening, but I had trouble getting a QSO as my timing was lousy. I don't know how many times I heard someone just starting a QSO meaning I just missed their CQs. Finally I did work KB0HXL at 0012Z for another day of the streak.

Thanks to Don VA3BOW for sending some info on the puzzle I pictured on the diary yesterday. I'll look at it later when I get the chance. -30-

Sun Jan 3 2021 6:25PM - The pattern continues. Today was an UP day after yesterday. It was sad in a way to see Christmas end here. By that I mean it was DD-Day as we used to refer to it at WPIT. De-Decorating Day, that is.

My friend Jasmine came over about 1:00 and we spent a couple hours tearing everything down and boxing it up for next Christmas. She is a very good helper and grasps things quickly like how I like the lights wrapped and things boxed up. After we finished that, we sat down and talked a while. Somehow our talk turned to jigsaws probably because our next get together will involve working one. However knowing she is an extremely intelligent girl, I wanted to see how she would make out with the puzzle pictured here. It's much harder than it looks for normal people.

She took it home and 30 minutes later she was at my door saying she solved it and showed me a picture of it completed. I was very impressed and just about speechless. I worked it many years ago, but not by any stretch of the imagination in 30 minutes. I had a little 45 piece 3D jigsaw and next we dug that out and started to assemble it. It was much harder and after a couple hours she had about 1/5 of it finisked while I struggled to get two pieces together. Maybe I'll post a picture of it in tomorrow's entry.

Getting close to streak time now. It should be easy with the SST contest on. Maybe after that though, I'll stick around for a rag chew. I'm not sure right now. -30-

Sat Jan 2 2021 7:19PM - Another ho-hum day. It seems the good days and the ho-hum ones alternate here these days.

I got a quick short streak QSO tonight at 0006Z from KC8CJG who didn't have much to say beyond RST, QTH, and NAME. Almost seemed like a contest QSO, but it wasn't. Anyway it was a good enough QSO to continue the streak another day.

And that's really about all to talk about. I'm still working on completing my 2020 weather stats. When I'm done, I'll try to dig out some interesting stats. -30-

Fri Jan 1 2021 6:01PM - I wanted to just share a picture with you to start off the new year. No relation to the new year. I just felt like doing it. As regular readers know, my neighbors next door have a cat named Kobe. Many years ago, I had a cat named Tanny. I told them I had a picture of Tanny I wanted to show them, but I didn't know where it was among all the pictures my mother and aunt amassed over the years. Too bad there weren't digital cameras back then. Anyway all these pictures were in film format and occupied about 20 photo albums and several boxes as well. Well, yesterday I was determined I was going to find it. Fortune smiled on me and it was about 1/2 or 2/3 way through the album I started with. I took it out and laid it aside. Then when my friend Jasmine came over last night, the first thing I did was showed it to her. She liked it and asked me some questions about it like what was the cat's name. Enough of a prefix. Here's the picture with a little description following.

The quality is not all that good. It was taken either in the late 1950s (more likely) or the early 1960s since Tanny died in the early 1960s. The picture was blown up and I believe colorized since I think the original was b&w. It was not a posed picture. Tanny just liked to sit under an umbrella that was set up like that as it was drying.

I spent a good part of the rest of the day with end/beginning of month/year work and am pretty much complete except I have to recalculate the 'normals' for my weather records to reflect the new time frame of 1991-2020. That will take some time so I left it for last. I don't really need it done until the end of January when I compile the January records.

I also want to continue working on my photos. There were a couple I wanted to show Jasmine, but I'm not sure where they are now either.

OK, that gets the diary underway for 2021. Let's hope propagation gets better and there will be a lot more dealing with ham radio to talk about. You wouldn't know it sometimes from my diary writings, but this is a ham radio site. Although I did warn when I started the diary a long time ago, I would include info on my other activities and hobbies. -30-