A Letter for All Fibro

*From the Archives of Just Us Owls*

From Sue a letter written for all of us Fibro-Warriors!

Fibromyalgia? Because you asked…

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Snowie and Padre Eddie (KC1FLG)

Today at the bi-monthly VE Test Exam for Amateur Radio sponsored by PCARS at the Melbourne Library. Snowie having completed taking the Element 2 (Technician) Class this past Thursday, sat today for the Licensing exam.  The other student from the Technician Class also passed his Tech Exam today.  I am a proud and happy Amateur Radio Instructor.

Snowie’s CSCE

I’m so very proud of Snowie, she not only passed the Technician Class with only one incorrect answer but she also passed the General Class exam. She is now waiting for the FCC to issue her call sign.

Padre Tatro – KC1FLG
with VE Credential.

Now it is going to be a race to see who gets their Amateur Extra Class (Element 4 the highest class Amateur Radio License) first, then the next competition will be who will learn CW first!

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Melbourne Hamfest

CQ! CQ! CQ!  This is KC1FLG.  Today marks the start of the:
52nd Annual Melbourne HAMFEST
ARRL State Convention
Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS)
October 13 & 14 2017
Note: The Hamfest is Friday and Saturday ONLY!

Friday: 1 PM – 7PM Saturday: 9AM – 3PM
Setup: Fri, Oct 13th – 9AM to 1PM, Sat, Oct 14th 7:00AM to 9:00AM
Admission Tickets: $7 and Age 12 and Under Free.

$10.00 per designated parking space – first come, first served after 12:00 Noon Friday. Tailgate areas not designated as regular parking are $2.00/linear foot, good for both days. These areas will only be assigned by special request. Come early – open at 6:00AM on Saturday! Admission tickets required in tailgate area. Continue reading

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More Than A Gun

I was going to write on last nights tragedy in Las Vegas but my dear friend put into much better words than I ever could.


My heart is shattered today at the news of the pure evil demonstrated last night in Las Vegas.

My prayers and deepest sympathies are with our hurting nation right now, and especially the victims and their loved ones.


I’ve been hard pressed to peel myself away from the news to write this post.

The level of atrocity and horror that is belching across our television airwaves today is enough to make you want to build a bunker and not come out until the second coming.

There was one thing I was not expecting today though: and that’s what I found when I scanned social media today.

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Honestly, I have been so sickened at the response by much of the public – and much of my Facebook newsfeed.

Instead of calls for prayer and compassion for the victims of the shooting, there is outcry for gun control reform.

Instead of numbers…

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My Famous Beef Stroganoff

This one dish that I am asked to make.

Padre Eddie’s Beef Stroganoff

1 to 2 lbs. London broil or Stew Beef
1 lb. Wide egg noodles
2 Containers of sour cream
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Large onion
5 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 Tablespoons of Oregano and thyme
1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
1lb of fresh sliced mushroom or two cans of mushrooms
Fresh Ground Pepper

Cut the London broil into stew size chunks (disregard if using stew beef). Brown in a frying pan the London broil, onion, garlic, mushroom, spices and Olive Oil. When the beef is almost done add one container of the sour cream and slowly simmer till the beef is to desired doneness.

In a separate pan cook the egg noodles as directed, drain and put back in pan and add about 2 tablespoons of butter.

When beef, mushrooms and onions and sour cream mixture is finished, add it to the egg noodles and add more sour cream to taste.

Add the fresh ground pepper to taste.

If you like wine, serve with Zinfandel Port Wine (if you can find it) and enjoy!

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A Favorite Dish

This is a favorite dish of mine. My Babcia would make this frequently.

Cabbage Roll Casserole
1 small head of cabbage
1 ½ lbs ground beef
4 garlic cloves, diced
1 medium white onion, diced
1/3 cup rice, uncooked or 1 cup Minute Rice, uncooked
2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, chopped
1 lb sauerkraut (bag or jar)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Chop cabbage into bite-sized pieces, discard the core.
2. Place cabbage in bottom of large deep casserole.
3. Brown the meat, add the onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
4. Add the rice and one can of the chopped tomatoes, including the juice.
5. Mix together well and pour over the chopped cabbage.
6. Spread the sauerkraut on top, including the juice.
7. Cover with second can of chopped tomatoes and juice.
8. Bake uncovered in a 350° oven for 20 minutes.
9. Cover and continue baking for another hour or until rice is tender.

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Corn Bread

Moma hails from Alabama…and this is her recipe for corn bread.

Alabama Cornbread
2 cups self-rising cornmeal
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2T bacon drippings or veg. oil
½ cup water

Blend together well– May have to add a little more water (should be the consistency of melted ice cream). Pour into a preheated iron skillet that has melted bacon drippings or veg. oil. Bake in 400 degree preheated oven until brown. ENJOY

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From our Table To Yours

Being a Southern Gentleman I prefer good ol’ comfort foods.  Nothing says comfort like dumplings.  This recipe is from my family cookbook.

Cornmeal Dumplings
½ Cup yellow cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2½ T cold butter
½ cup milk

Combine cornmeal. Flour, baking, powder and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with fingers, pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center; pour in milk all at once and stir with fork until mixture forms dough.

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Revised ARRL Frequency Chart

An updated ARRL frequency chart is now available for printing and downloading at http://www.arrl.org/graphical-frequency-allocations. The chart has been updated to include our new bands at 2,200 and 630 meters.

Band Charts PDFs:
11×7 Color

8.5×11 Color

8.5×11 Black and White

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Lemon Chicken

*From the Archives of JustUsOwls*

First I’ll say I’m Italian and I don’t use no stinking recipe! 😉 Though I do have a few that I enjoy.  This one is one of my own creation.

Padre Eddie’s Famous Lemon Chicken
Warning: this will cause puckering…it’s not a sweet dish but a sour.

5-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs: cut into small cubes or nugget size
2-4 clove of garlic chopped
1 Spanish/Red Onion cut into rings (thickness is your preference)
6-7 fresh lemons
1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 tablespoon of oregano and rosemary (fresh if possible)

Cut 3-4 of your lemons into wedges and remove the meat from the rind. Use the juice of 1-2 lemons over your chicken while cooking. The remaining lemons cut into wedges and use them as a garnish.

In a good size sauté pan (must have a lid), add olive oil, garlic, and onions. Let cook about 1 minute. Add chicken and lemon meat; sprinkle with spices, and slowly simmer (covered) until chicken is done (stir occasionally). Onions should be nice and caramelized by the time you serve.

Serve over noodles or rice. For a side dish, a fresh salad will touch off this dish.

Salt and or Pepper to taste. If you enjoy Sangria or Raspberry Wine serve with this dish and enjoy!

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A History Lesson

*From the Archives of Just Us Owls*


“I’m sorry but I’m about to preach and teach!! If you want to fight a cause, understand what you are fighting. First and foremost the Confederate Battle Flag was never a national flag representing the South, it was a battle flag flown by several armies in Virginia. Even if it had been a national flag for the South, understand that the Civil War wasn’t just over slavery, while it was the reason slavery ended, it was merely an excuse for the war. The North fought the war over money (the same reason we fight half the wars these days and excuse it by saying we’re fighting for another cause.) Plain and simple. When the South started Secession, Lincoln was asked, “Why not let the South go in peace?” To which he replied, “I can’t let them go. Who would pay for the government?” Sensing total financial ruin for the North, Lincoln waged war on the South. The South fought the War to repel Northern aggression and invasion, because, and yes this is a true stereotype, us southerners don’t like to be told what to do! Lol. The Confederate Battle Flag today finds itself in the center of much controversy. The cry to take this flag down is unjustified. It is very important to keep in mind that the Confederate Battle Flag was simply just that. A battle flag. It was never even a National flag, so how could it have flown over a slave nation or represented slavery or racism? This myth is continued by lack of education and ignorance.” Continue reading

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Oh Say Can You See

*From the archives of Just Us Owls*

🇺🇸🇺🇸I love my country, our standard “Old Glory” and the exercise of freedom that our Founding Fathers began (though I fear my government).

Why is it that we fail to acknowledge that our National Anthem has more than one verse?

It is a wonderful song and poem. It’s about time that all those that claim to be Patriots push for the full song to be sung. Yes it is a song but maybe just maybe it will bring a sense of what this country is about. 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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