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Scientists aren’t stupid, and science deniers are arrogant

The Logic of Science

Debating those who reject scientific facts has been a hobby of mine for several years now. It’s not a very rewarding hobby, and it comes with high stress levels and periodic fits of rage, so I don’t particularly recommend it. However, it has exposed me to countless pseudoscientific arguments on pretty much every topic you can imagine, and on each of those topics, I have found that not only do people with no formal training in science think that they know more than the entire scientific community, but in almost every case, they think that there is a fundamental and obvious problem that essentially all scientists have either missed or are willfully ignoring. If you think about this for a minute, it’s rather incredible. It’s amazingly arrogant to think that you can, via a few minutes of Googling, find a fundamental and obvious problem that essentially every scientist everywhere in…

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JOTA 2013 – Call Sign: VK3SBA Mount Beckworth

The 56th Jamboree On The Air – 19 and 20 October 2013.

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Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides from all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio and internet. This is my seventh year of involvement. I ran a small station for Ballarat District scouts from Mt Beckworth. This was a JOTA only station running in conjunction with Cohan Shield activities. Also ran fox hunting as a Cohen activity with 2 ventures Paddy and James from Creswick as the foxes. This was well received by the scouts and I will expand for next year.

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Yaesu FT897 running off batteries onto a full size G5RV.  Worked a treat.

Got 60+ scouts over Saturday and half of Sunday. Would receive up 6 to 12 at a time and had an hour. Getting scouts to talk on the radio is worse than pulling teeth. Least this year there were no computers to distract them. Once the fox hunt was off and running, I would call for a JOTA contact and then have each scout talk in turn. Only got a handful of contacts. It is important to ensure that all the scouts got a talk even if only ‘hello’. Once going there were a couple that showed interest and even came back after tea for 20m DX. 

40m was very busy with JOTA stations. Finding a free frequency was a challenge. Contacted a couple of  SOTA stations on Saturday but space and time was tight. During the course of the day talked to a couple of stations who normally would be out activating or chasing SOTA and picked up a couple of SA NP activations.

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Call Sign: VK3SBA Mount Beckworth 
 
Scout contacts included,
VK2SCJ – Badgereys Creek
VK3SCG – Gilwell Park Scout Camp
VK3SAT – Mafeking Rover Park
VK3SAH – Bendigo
VK3SAW – Western Region JOTA Grampians National Park
VK3SAY – Diamond Creek
VK3SBH – Box Hill
VK3SRG – Sunraysia District Scouts
VK6SH – Miles in WA (VK6FLYD & VK6FAME)
VK7SDL – Leven 
 
Other JOTA contacts include,
VK5PET – Peter in Strathalbyn
VK7TAZ – Kevin in Launceston
VK8DA – Darwin Amateur radio Club with Guides
ZL1UPJ – Jonno in Hamilton North Island New Zealand
ZL3MF – South Island New Zealand

 

20m contacts Saturday night with some interested scouts included,
OE4RLL -Austria
9A284A – Croatia
SQ9ZAT – Poland
JA2UMV – Japan
 
We are introducing Ham Radio to gen Z .They are growing up with a highly sophisticated media environment. They carry computers in their pockets with world wide instant communication abilities so the relevance of radio has to be demonstrated. You have to keep it short and to the point. Talking to others with the same interests that they have and don’t already know with a run of wire was of interest.

This is exhausting work. Finished up Sunday lunch time and went home for a sleep.

Working on the next generation of SOTA operators !
 
Allen

2013 Melbourne Marathon – 10KM event

Sunday 13 October 2013

Not a runner and no intention to become one but due to peer pressure entered into the 10Km race during the Melbourne Marathon this year.

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Ran the 10K’s in 1:13:19. Goal was less than 1:15 so good outcome. 

My friend Rajesh was 4 minutes ahead of me so ran a sub 1:10 whilst  other friend John successfully complete  the 20K event. 

Only issue is calf muscle even then tightness no damage.