Sit. Rep. #90: Itchy Itchy, Scratchy Scratchy

1-This song is titled “The Happy Wanderer” by Florenz Friedrich Sigismund.  First verse:

I love to go a-wandering,
Along the mountain track,
And as I go, I love to sing,
My knapsack on my back.

1B- Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem “The Way Through The Woods.”  Here is the second verse.

Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.

1C- Scouting to me has always been about exploring.  We Scouts go where most never tread.  We enjoy being able to take care of ourselves without the comforts of home.  We can cook over a fire.  We care for the injured.  We teach and share our knowledge and skills as we learn ourselves.  We care for & respect nature in all of its hail, snow, thunder, beauty, & glory.  We enjoy the peaceful night’s sounds and the star light from above.   We act when others are frozen and still with fear.  Most of all, I enjoy your company on this journey.

2-  Ham Radio:  Feed lines connect radios to antennas. There are many different types of feed lines, including coaxial cable, ladder line, twin lead, and open-wire feed line, but coaxial cable is the most common type.  It is most important to match the impedance of the feed line to the impedance of the transmitter and the impedance of the antenna.  Most amateur radio transmitters have an output impedance of 50 ohms.   RG -58 and RG-8 are two types of 50 ohm coaxial cable used in amateur radio stations.

Why is coaxial cable the most common feed line selected for amateur radio antenna systems?
    It is easy to use and requires few special installation considerations
What is impedance?
    A measure of the opposition to AC current flow in a circuit
What is a unit of impedance?
What is the impedance of most coaxial cables used in amateur radio installations?
    50 ohms

Q- What do you call a blood-sucking insect on the moon?
R- A lunatic

3- There is a tradition among some of our military forces that the officers eat last.  That level of leadership ensures that the persons under the officer’s command are taken care of first and foremost.  Among cowboys the tradition was to ensure that your horse was fed and watered first.  Can you think of an instance where someone put you first over their wants &/or needs?
I read an instance where a group of Marines did not get enough MREs for the entire detachment.  Every Marine gave up something so that the officer could eat.  This is a perfect example where the person in charge did not lead.  To me, it is obvious that the detachment cared for its officer just as much as the officer cared for them.

4- The two common “lines” on the geographic earth are the equator and the 0-degree longitude.  Zero degrees longitude used to be called Greenwich Mean Time, GMT.  GMT is also called Coordinated Universal Time, UTC.  The Military also calls this Zulu Time Zone. I may get into trouble because there are some (Very Technical) discrepancies with GMT and the Prime Meridian.  The Prime Meridian was chosen because it ran through the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England.

S- If there were 10 cats on the photo copier and 1 jumped off.  How many were left?
T- None.  The other nine were copycats.

5-  This past weekend I got a bad case of chiggers.  Chiggers are sometimes called “red bugs.”  Technically they are mites.  They are in the same family as spiders and ticks because they are arachnids.  Chiggers feed on skin tissue and leave welts that remind me of a cross between mosquito bites and poison ivy.  The welts ITCH & ITCH & ITCH!  I have been using Bactine Max with Lidocaine for the itching.

5B- The best thing is to not get them.  My Doctor recommended using Permethrin on my clothes as a preventative.  Permethrin is an insect repellent that you do not have to apply to your skin.  You can also apply it to your tent, hammock, jacket, or sleeping bag to keep the nasty critters at bay.  I also should have bloused my trousers into my boots.  Note: Synthetic Permethrin is derived from the chrysanthemum flower.  Please learn from my mistake.

Semper Paratus,

Thanks to KB6NU Ham Radio Study Guides

Scout Skits: by Thomas Mercaldo

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