Sit. Rep. #49: Gains & Losses

1- After I hit “send” I had a couple of more thoughts:

   1A- Make sure that you have lids for the pots & pans that you cook in.  That will also help keep the food warm and use less fuel when cooking.  They also reduce cooking time.  And that drives the need for a Hot Pot Holder – I use my cotton bandana, leather gloves, or pliers to keep from burning myself when handling hot pots and pans.

   1B- You can use dry cereal in your trail mix.  Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Wheat Chex, Corn Flakes, Mini Wheats…  You will want some protein, fats, fiber, and nutrients as well as carbohydrates & sugars.  Read the labels.

   1C- My homemade trail mix is Peanuts, Raisins, & M&Ms.  I use dry roasted peanuts in the winter and cocktail peanuts in the summer.  The cocktail peanuts have more salt.  That extra salt helps me maintain my electrolytes without sports drinks.  I often add Apple Chips, Banana Chips.  Mix in different kinds of nuts (translate: whichever kind is on sale),  Cereals (like above), Craisins (forgive my spelling – but the cranberry raisin things).

2- I just learned of another group that may need a Service Project Hours or Eagle Project: “Growing High Point”.  They support community gardening for food.

One Scout leader to another:
Old age is where it takes longer to recuperate than it takes to get tired.
I am not taking a nap, My eyelids just got heavy.

3- June 1,   Every year starts what?   Hurricane Season.  It runs until November 30 every year.  North Carolina ranks #3 in getting hit by Hurricanes.  Florida and Texas hold the number 1 & 2 spots.
    A Hurricane is an INTENSE Low Pressure that rotates counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere (clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere).  High winds and lots of rain are the damaging features.  Another feature that makes hurricanes so interesting and deadly is that the center of the storm is an “eye” that is most calm.  Then the other wall of the “eye” hits and blam.  The weather turns really bad, again, almost instantly.
   Hurricanes in other parts of the world are called: Cyclones, Tropical Cyclones,  Severe Cyclonic Storms, or Typhoons.
   If you know a hurricane is approaching, Watch the clouds. You will see clouds do the most interesting things. 

4- Ham Radio & such: Decibels  (Thanks
When dealing with ratios—especially power ratios—we often use decibels (dB). The reason for this is that the decibel scale is a logarithmic scale, meaning that we can talk about large ratios with relatively small numbers.
When the value is positive, it means that there is a power increase. When the value is negative, it means that there is a power decrease. 

   +3 dB means that the power doubled.  -3 dB means that power is cut in half.
   We also use the word “gain” if the power is increased… Or “loss” if the power is decreased.

   What is the approximate amount of change, measured in decibels (dB), of a power increase from 5 watts to 10 watts?    3 dB, or  3 dB gain

   What is the approximate amount of change, measured in decibels (dB), of a power decrease from 12 watts to 3 watts?
−6 dB, or A Loss of 6dB    
(halved from 12 to 6 watts = 3 dB, then halved again from 6 to 3 watts = 3 dB.  -6 dB corresponds to a ratio of 4 to 1, and a decrease in power from 12 watts to 3 watts is a ratio of 4 to 1.
   What is the amount of change, measured in decibels (dB), of a power increase from 20 watts to 200 watts?
          + 10 dB     Increasing the power from 20 watts to 200 watts is a ratio of 10 to 1, and 10 dB corresponds to a ratio of 10 to 1.

Y- What did the guitar say to the guitar player?
Z- Pick on someone your own size.

5- Another interesting book from the classic collection was written by George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel.  A bit scary – maybe for older Scouts.  I will share one quote: “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”  This was Orwell’s last book before his death. 

6- Mark Twain wrote:  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.    The movie is pretty good… But the book is better.

7- How many different knots can you tie in 5 mins?

All tied up,

Dan Romanchik KB6NU, (Ham Radio)  Technician Study Guide

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