Archive for July, 2011

Current Fire Weather Information

July 31, 2011
Please be aware of Fire Weather conditions.  There is now a Governor’s burn ban.

Fire Weather Information from the National Weather Service
Relative Humidity Map from Oklahoma MesoNet

Weather Radio Project

July 29, 2011

Residents of Altus and Jackson County will no longer be able to get 75% reimbursement for weather radios, according to area emergency
management officials.

“Grants have beginnings and endings,” said Jerry Gibson, Jackson
County Emergency Management. “The time has run out on this grant.”

Just over 125 area residents have made use of the program, according
to Lloyd Colston, City of Altus Emergency Manager.

The grant provided 75% of the cost of a new weather radio designed to
alarm when the National Weather Service office in Norman issued a
warning. The area transmitter is located south of Altus.

Persons desiring to buy their own weather radio are encouraged to do
so. The radio, properly programmed, sits quietly on the night stand
listening to the programming that is broadcast 24 hours per day.

The Altus Skywarn Association has been helpful in programming radios
for area residents.

For more information about weather radios, visit while persons desiring more information
about emergency management may visit

July 25, 2011

Did you know you could get a free Oklahoma state map?

Did you know you could request it online?
It’s true!
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation offers this service.
Oklahoma Off the Beaten Path, 7th: A Guide to Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)

July 24, 2011

It Is Soooo Hot in #Oklahoma That:

The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.

The trees are whistling for the dogs.

The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.

Hot water now comes out of both taps.

You can make sun tea instantly.

You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.

The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.

You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.

You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.

You burn your hand opening the car door.

You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 am.

Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, “What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?”

You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.

Potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper, sour cream, diced onions and a few serving spoons of chili.

Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.

The cows are giving evaporated milk.


July 22, 2011
The Glass House McDonalds on I-44 near Vinita, OK is the worlds largest McDonalds restaurant.

July 3, 2011

Did you notice that the Oklahoma tag agents are closed today? Did you
notice that your car tag has expired?

When I did, I also discovered the Oklahoma Tax Commission lets you renew and pay online.

Saved me a trip to the office. The small $1.50 fee is worth it.

Now on to better things.

Auto Repair For Dummies

July 3, 2011

While it was no where NEAR this grand, I have been in a hotel evacuation.

Please take time to think about this:

1. If this happened, what would you do?
2. Can you depend on hotel staff to give you guidance or do you read the chart on the wall?
3. If the hotel burns with your stuff in it, who replaces it and how long does it take?

Now … plan …

Thank you.

Sent to you by KC5FM via Google Reader:

A fire at London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel forced the evacuation of about 1,500 people. No injuries were reported.

Things you can do from here:

July 1, 2011

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Even when it’s not “open”, it’s frequently open. With the sunspots on the rise, so should the activity on the band increase.

Have you found yet? Nets listed there will help determine if the band is open. If you look at, one will see a search box that lets you know which nets are in operation. or will also give you DX Cluster spots, just for 10 meters.

At, one can get email alerts when six meters is open. If SIX is open, it’s almost a given that TEN is open. offers a map of openings AND the ability to post spots all in one place. a map and paths band openings over a 24-hour time period. The site lists the stations and who heard who over PSK.

Another propagation tool is one will find forecast for six- and ten-meters.

There’s a number of 10 meter software defined radios that one can use to see where’s the band is open. is a list of beacons on Ten. Tune here to see where the band is open, even when it’s not.

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Thankfully, there’s plenty of tools to take some of the Magic out of the Band.


Lloyd, KC5FM