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Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Calling IPA.  Not too shabby.  Citrusy, but good, and drinkable at 8.5% ABV.  I'd buy another.  +John Corby 
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Just give it a half hour or so before drinking it 😁
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+John Corby I drink a lot of this, too.  Schlafly is brewed by the St. Louis Brewing Company in...St. Louis.  Small batch compared to the other, more well-known brewery located in St. Louis, MO.  In fact, they have a nice lineup.  An oatmeal stout I would drink for breakfast, a super hoppy APA, and a smooth IPA.  Never met a Schlafly beer I didn't like.
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#opticalexperiments     - looks good, Pat! 
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I built this Elecraft KX1 kit several weeks ago, then sent it off to have the beyond-my-skill-level 30m/80m module installed.  I find I enjoy listening to and using this radio more than the KX3.  
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Someone asked me who did the 30m/80m module.  It was Don Wilhelm, W3FPR.  Expert work, great communication, quick turnaround.  Did not make fun of my poor soldering in any way.
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Think Johnny Cash was a one-trick pony?  My friend +John Corby sent me this link when I was telling him how much easier it is getting to copy Morse Code.  Apparently, he wanted to put me in my place.  Mission accomplished, John.  haha

Here is a great story and, as the article states, a cool "footnote of history."  I didn't even know Johnny Cash was in the military.   #amateurradio   #hamradio  
News, opinion, concert and album reviews, artist profiles, music history, and occasional off-color pop country bashing.
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An article was in my +Engadget  news feed this morning about this cool artwork created by NASA.  Love these posters.  If I had a large-format color printer, I would matte and frame these.  I may have one printed.  Very cool.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/08/nasa-travel-posters-exoplanets/?ncid=rss_truncated
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Very cool
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Ham radio folks may find this kinda cool.  QSL card (contact acknowledgement) from Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association special event from December 7th, 2014 commemoration Pearl Harbor Day.  

They were weak, but their website explains they have a poor antenna in a noisy environment (Los Angeles).  339 both ways via CW (Morse Code for you non hams).   I'd like to work Battleship Missouri, but she is in Hawaii and I don't think I've heard Hawaii on the air.  I'd also like to try working the New Jersey.  Fun, challenging hobby.

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Cool card, Pat. I like working special event stations. I wasn't able to work the Iowa; but maybe I can during Museum Ships week.
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Going to see Willie Nelson and Beck tonight.
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You never know +John Corby​. Give them a listen. A few years ago you weren't interested in CW either, right? Ha. I liked them as a kid, but not so much as an adult, although I am interested in hearing their new country music album.
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My wife and I rehab houses.  If you are bored, watch the transformation of this project house over about a year-long period through about 500 pics.  She does all of the woodworking, window replacement, painting, custom cabinets, tile, etc.  I can do most of the electrical and plumbing work.
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I promise to bring my own tent, I am sure the neighborhood association will make an exception just this once. 
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I hang out online in this community.  This is a focused group of hams who enjoy field-deployed amateur radio stations.  Individuals set up a station,  make a handful of contacts, then move and redeploy their stations some distance away.  This tests the operator's skill, preparedness, and equipment.  Always lessons to be learned, and I learn a lot from the group's posts in this community.
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I drink a lot of this beer.
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Glad to see IPA gaining popularity in the U.S. It's really popular in Canada too. IPA is characterized by high hop content (typically 80+ IBU) and high alcohol content (typically around 7% in Ontario). Hops and alcohol both act as preservatives that were required to send barrels of IPA on the long sea voyage from England to India during the days of the Raj.

There is a saying in Canada that drinking American beer is like making love in a canoe (f**** close to water). Sorry Pat, no offence intended. Glad to see you can get something better than bland suds down there now.
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This song always makes me smile.
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