Category Archives: From Jim

Goodbye Irma

Thankfully, Irma is now history. We were extremely fortunate with no significant damage and a lack of power for 12 hours/ Major debris within our neighborhood, some large trees came down, but all in all nowhere as bad as we expected.

Now we hear that Maria is next????




Florida Residents please prepare



❏ Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.

❏ Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).

❏ Remove all yard signs from lawn (political, real estate, etc)

❏ Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.

❏ Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.

❏ Fill your car’s gas tank.

❏ Please make sure any debris/wood clippings are placed in the common area for pick up and NOT on the street. Placing this type of debris on the street can quickly cause a storm drain to become clogged which can result in flooded streets during a storm.

A Serious Thought

Today, the United States responded to the horrible atrocity of sarin gas being used on civilians, men women and children, in Syria.  Sarin is a banned chemical weapon that is a nerve agent. UNICEF has stated that 546 people were injured, “among them many children.”

A little background helps understand here. In 2013, Syria joined the chemical weapons convention  under a joint US and Russia agreement.  Syria agreed to hand over its stockpile of about 2.8 million pounds of toxic weapons and disable their chemical weapons program.  Russia is responsible for overseeing their compliance. Apparently, and I agree with our Secretary of State, they are either complicit in this civilian attack or incompetent.

I am not posting the videos that have been seen of the result of these chemical attacks, they are truly horrible.   It is time that we take decisive action that will clearly show we will not tolerate this inhumanity.  It also shows we, as a country, have changed our philosophy. We are no longer “leading from behind” nor will be resorting to sending really stern letter. Instead, we are using our military prowess effectively and decisively.

Although very sadden that this had to be done, I am encouraged our President is returning the United States to a position of leadership and morality in a clearly immoral of our world.   God Bless our President and the United States of America.

Welcome Home !



Finally, after what can be best described as an “interesting” time, we are back and able to pick up on our site and, maybe, even get to work the radio a little bit.  We have really missed not being able to keep up the web site and hope you will understand and come back often.

Football Returns 


Football season is nearly upon us, thankfully !  We are looking forward to another year of gridiron action at the newly renamed Steve Spurrier / Florida Field. Most will admit we surprised the world by winning the SEC East. Even so, most Gators realize that the program has not returned to the elite status it enjoyed and again deserves. While it is always a goal to win the SEC East and go to Atlanta,  Reaching such a status takes a lot of hard work, from recruiting to mentoring and developing our players, to supporting and encouraging our coaches and staff, and ensuring that our facilities and support remain at the outstanding level the programs demands to be truly successful. I believe Coach Mac is on the right track, but it is now time for our Gators to take the next step in achieving excellence.

Steve has finally come Home 

It feels really good to have Steve Spurrier back home again, even if he is not a coach with the program.  He made the Gators into a National Powerhouse and spoiled us by creating expectations that are literally championship high.  Spurrier was an All-American here, won a Heisman here, dominated SEC football as the Head Ball Coach here and is now the Ambassador representing the Gator Nation and the University.  There could not be a better choice to fill such a multi-faceted position.

Here are some of his comments about his return home.

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Slowly Recovering…..

Several months ago, we had lightening damage to our computers and my ham radio shack.  The past few months have been spent trouble shooting our air conditioning, electrical appliances, computers and station equipment.  Whie not exactly fun, we can now seen the end of the tunnel and will, hopefully, hack to normal.


For our Ham friends, we are sporadically back on the air – usually 20 M at 14.070 PSK. Still having some codec and port issues, but better than before.


For our website friends, we are coming back, enjoying Spring Ball and will begin updating the site much more often.  We are trying to add a travelogue picture section which will show some of the beautiful places we have been fortunate to visit.


In any event, thank you so much for your patience and for visiting here. We do this for fun and enjoyment – so feel free to visit here anytime.  Best regards and 73 !