Apparently, I watch a lot of videos about flight and air travel. I mean…a lot.

I guess a few things are at play:

  • I think air travel is interesting, especially when it comes to the nuts and bolts of how it happens, why it goes like it does, and the protocols and procedures to make sure everything is safe and fluid
  • Youtube thinks I want to see more flight videos, and feeds me lots of links of the same
  • I really, really want to get the hell out of here and see the world some time

I think it’s a little bit from columns A and B, but mostly it’s from column C. Has to be.

2019 Radio Fiesta

Main exhibit hall

Went to the San Antonio Radio Fiesta in Schertz, TX this weekend. First time there. Small convention, but well-attended. It appeared to be slightly disorganized, and many of the vendors folded early, so really it felt like a garage sale. Otherwise, a good way to spend a few hours. They had actual convention talks and sessions, none of which I took time to get to. Next year, maybe.

Was good to cross paths with a few familiar faces and make better acquaintances, talking shop and trading stories. Makes it worth the effort.

Didn’t find much on my grocery list, but saw some of the same vendors that I see at Belton and Austin Summerfest, so there’s that.

Tailgate area

Ground scores:

Kenwood TM-V71A with cables and manual

I did manage to find a great deal in the tailgate area. Picked up a Kenwood TM-V71A dual-band radio to replace the aging Icom IC-2350 in my apartment; my first Kenwood radio. On paper, it seems to be slightly more capable than the Yaesu FT-8500 I have in the car. I haven’t cleaned it or set it up yet, so I’ll know if my purchase was smart or not as soon as I get around to it. At least it powered up when the seller let me test it in his truck. So who knows?

Yaesu MD-100 desk mic with windscreen

Also got a desk microphone for my Yaesu FT-857. It’s got some quirks with the PTT and up/down switches, but gives me around the same power output on SSB as the hand mic (so the power issue mentioned previously might be something other than the hand mic). Again, who knows?

Radio is hard.

It was nice to get out of town for at least half a day. I fully intend to get down to San Antonio at some point for touristy stuff. Almost 19 years in Central Texas, and haven’t done so. So one of these days. Maybe? Planning is hard.

Too Much Food™ at nearby El Jalisco. Al pastor plate.


The earthy flavor of the black-eyed peas and sustenance of the cornbread reminds us of prosperity through humility. May 2019 be prosperous for us all.

black-eyed peas and cornbread

BTW, there’s enough chili powder and red and black pepper in these peas that they’ll keep me humble for at least a few days. Yowza. So proud of my humblepeas.

Vector Into Space

All told, 2018 wasn’t quite the dumpster fire that 2017 was, at least on a personal front. My condition actually improved this year, and that says a lot. With a change in jobs came a change in outlook, and that’s important. I’m not saying it’s all rainbows and puppies, but a better spirit is a better spirit. It’s not as broken as it was 12 months ago.

That’s definitely an improvement.

Here’s to another 12 months of vast improvements. Cheers!


cd ~
wget somepackage.tar.gz
tar -gxf somepackage.tar.gz
man tar
tar -zxf somepackage.tar.gz
cd somepackage-1.23-45
chmod u+x autogen.sh
apt-get install libtool
# grunt
apt-get install lib-dependency1824
apt-get install lib-dependency692
# wait 7 minutes
apt-get install lib-dependency324
lsb_release -a
# google lib-dependency324 on current OS
wget lib-324-1.02-backports-prebuilt.tgz
tar -zxf lib-324-1.02-backports-prebuilt.tgz
cd /usr/lib
cp ~/somepackage-1.23-45/lib-324.so.1.02 .
ln -s lib-324.so.1.02 lib-432.so
rm lib-432.so
ln -s lib-324.so.1.02 lib-324.so
cd -
# wait 20 minutes, ignore warnings
make test
apt-get install curl
make test
make install
# stab keyboard
sudo make install
cd ..
rm -rf ~ /somepackage-1.23-45
# panic
# yank power cord, join a commune