Got a map?

NOAA eastern composite

I often use NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts as propagation beacons.

I listen and note which weather stations are coming in from far away places.

From these observations, I can tell where my own signals might be heard

when operating my ham radios on 2 meters (144 to 148 MHz)

just above the FM broadcast band (88 to 108 MHZ  – and –

just below where weather radio broadcasts take place (162 MHz)

I began with a nationwide map of NOAA weather radio stations that you can find at:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/resources/NWR_poster.pdf

and edited it into a handy 8 X 10 printable form

for use by DXers on the East Coast of The United States.

Feel free to distribute it and print it as you like!

Enjoy!

Kitchen Drawer Fix

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You’ve just installed a brand new kitchen unit.

Isn’t it great to have a brand new sink and counter top

along with new cabinets and shelves?

The new fork – knife – and spoon organizer is just too shallow

and slides back and forth in the drawer.

What to do?  It’s an easy fix!

Cut a painter’s mixing stick in half to create

two thin and low profile spacers.

Find where they need to be placed

and hold the positioning using a piece of masking tape.

Then drill a single hole on each side to screw them down.

Screw them into place to the back of the tray.

Now the tray doesn’t slide – and –

you can use the space behind the tray

because nothing is in the way!

Sweet.