Wednesday, June 3, 2015

EAR EAR

Well on 3 weeks holidays and about to go away on the bike to melbourne
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not yet as I just got me ear worked on
so that ouches with putting the helmet on
hopefully its right by the end of the week end and can get away as planned

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AUS WAS LISTENING

While near the canberra area I have found a couple of places to investigate as I love these types of areas which sadly have been forgotten .

What they were like in there day



Now these are to be visited but not right now in the winter coolness as I am getting to smart for that so a after winter ride it shall be .
They were built to listen out there so to speak
the blurb 


Honeysuckle Creek tracking station was a NASA tracking station near Canberra, Australia, which played an important role in supporting Project Apollo. The station was opened in 1967 and closed in 1981.



Its most famous for being the antenna which received and relayed to the world the first historic TV images of astronaut Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon on July 21, 1969. Apart from the television pictures they provided, Honeysuckle Creek and Tidbinbilla had voice and telemetry contact with the lunar and command modules. Much of this was dramatized in the 2000 Australian film The Dish.



After the conclusion of the Apollo Moon missions in 1972, Honeysuckle Creek began supporting regular Skylab passes, the Apollo scientific stations left on the Moon by astronauts, and assisting the Deep Space Network with interplanetary tracking commitments.



In 1974 at the conclusion of the Skylab program, Honeysuckle Creek joined the Deep Space Network as Deep Space Station 44. Honeysuckle Creek closed in December 1981, its 26 m antenna being relocated to the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex at nearby Tidbinbilla, and renamed Deep Space station 46, where it remained in use until late 2009.



Today the original site has been leveled, and only the concrete foundations remain.


 so heres the map and co-ords for them if you want to go and see some history 


Honey suckle -35.583563, 148.976447

Orroral  -35.628568, 148.957468

some sites with info about the 2 stations 
 honeysucklecreek

 orroral

hoping for lots more pics and a better ride story when it happens 

WHERE’S THE CIRCUS

That is the QUESTION a lot ask when they get told to meet at piccadilly circus on the way to the ALPINE RALLY

which is held on the JUNE long week-end  each year.
The rally is held in 2 different places 1 a more road bike friendly venue and the next year a off road site and so on so its available for all.
The off road one was in 2014 so wont be there this year but it is the one that has piccadilly circus on-route.
co-ords 
S 35 21 32.5, E 148 47 59.0   


 The name had me wondering of its origin so a little searching I found the reasoning


so the story is now known and I will sleep a little easier tonite .

Sunday, May 10, 2015

WHERES THE CAT

Wheres the cat when you need one as I dont even own a cat.

A look out the back this afternoon I was greeted with a bird destruction party going on and they seemed to be enjoying it so it seems.

1st culprit was a cockie which seemed to enjoy the taste of lemons

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creating this

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and in so doing stripped the tree of any useable lemons for future use.

This is the second year in a row they have decided to sour the crop of lemons which I do enjoy usually but alas not this year again it seems.

Then as I was in the shed it was getting bombarded with small acorn style nuts from the adjoining tree and a investigation found why

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chomping on these

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then dropping them to make a racket on the tin roof.

Looking around you find this

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piling up and are sharp when trodden on with bare feet and make a bloody mess which they don't seem to care about .

Well some brooming and raking coming up before the next mow on the lawn to try and get rid of them.

 

OH the wonders of nature as I did manage to scare them both off but in no time they returned and kept on doing whatever they wanted to do Surprised smile

Saturday, May 9, 2015

ME PHONE HOME

Had the reason to buy a new phone recently and might as well put a post about it as why not .

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Looks like the old proverbial brick as they were called and yes its about the same size as they were back in the good old days of the first mobile phones but the difference for this purchase is that its a satellite phone which shouldn’t need to much explaining .

It was sold as a refurbished phone so a second –hand checked out model which doesn’t worry me as did not want to spend top price for one as it will only be used when needed and not a daily user so to speak.

Yes bought from a reputable dealer  SATPHONESALES so was happy with the service and the deal as it came with 2 chargers a AC and DC car one so can keep it charged while out on the road.

The dealer was going to get it all hooked up for me as it needs to be hooked up through a sat server but a I wasn’t going to need it done straight away for my need I just got it delivered and found a local business who could do the paperwork and all involved to get this done which as of now it is all a goer and running .

Now the catch for this type of phone is they are super expensive to use so as with most things nowadays there are different options to sign up to with plans.

The one I went for was the cheapo so the calls that are charged to you if you make any are fairly pricey but the winning thing is that someone who calls you are only charged at a normal mobile phone call rate so if you have pre-arranged calling times it works out cheap way of communication when there is no service available in the regional areas so people can know what is going on and if you do need to call for help just use it and make the call and get charged for it .

A small price if it saves you or someone else out in the wilds .

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

RALLY LOCATIONS

testing out a map for the rallies I venture to and trying to get it on my site as well but interactive so maybe a few will appear here till I get it sorted out .

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