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22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / QRSS viewer for Mac?
« on: September 03, 2023, 1306 UTC »
I use Argo software for QRSS viewing on a PC, but my main radio software computer is an Apple computer.

Is software similar to Argo available for a Mac?

Utility / 29779.0 kHz RTTY
« on: December 10, 2022, 1438 UTC »
10 m propagation is favorable to EU as i type this.

The past few weeks I've been hearing an RTTY signal above the 10 m ham band on 29770.0 kHz, often apparently in an idle mode.

Who is it?

Utility / digital signal IDs as CGA984 20150 kHz
« on: October 30, 2022, 1348 UTC »
On 20150 kHz, a ~25 kHz wide digital signal which sounds like white noise identifies in CW about every 30 minutes as CGA984.
This signal is S9+10 dB in central Florida now at 1347 UTC.
I've been listening for about 45 minutes and during that duration, the signal stopped and started a few times with brief interludes of quiet and/or a CW ID which I can confirm is CGA984.

What is this?

Tufts University "Food Compass" shows Cheerios with a score of 95 (very healthy) and beef scoring at a horrid 33.
Higher score: healthy.
Lower score: bad for you so say the experts. Experts?


Utility / Japanese Slot Machine signal
« on: August 21, 2022, 0949 UTC »
0931 UTC Sunday Aug 21 2022
Japanese Slot Machine
6250 khz

0935 UTC. Sunday Aug 21  dits about 0.2 seconds apart on these frequencies:  1019, 1311, 1603 kHz, 1895, 2187, 2478, 2769, 3069, 3353, 3644, 3936, 4227, 4519, (4811), 5102, 5394, 5686, (5976), 6368, (6562), (6854)...

These signals are 292 kHz apart. The above frequencies in parentheses are calculated frequencies where the dits should be but were not heard.

1019, 1311, and 1603 are in the AM broadcast band. 4811 kHz had a strong STANAG signal and the other frequencies not heard may be due to propagation.

I have heard two other similar ditters yesterday in the 8000 and 9000 kHz bands but did not think they were related to today's findings. I now believe they are of the same network.

Addendum:  As I look at the 4227 and 4519 kHz signals, I get the impression that every other dit is of a stronger transmitted power, alternating between high power and low power dits. This may be the case on other frequencies as well but it is subtle but most noticeable on the 4 MHz frequencies.

There's a weather fax signal S9 on 3853 kHz now in the 75 meter ham band. May be DDH3 Hamburg 0n 3855 kHz.   Massive signal.



"After statistically adjusting for other known CVD risk factors including things like age, income, lifestyle, dietary habits, and other diseases, the CVD risk was lowest for those with high levels of the fatty acid (reflecting high intake of dairy fats). Those with the highest levels had no increased risk of death from all causes."

Cream. A great band. A better fat.


HF Mystery Signals / Fast pips, episodic, repeating 40 m
« on: July 25, 2021, 0042 UTC »
Fast pips, about 35 pips per episode, pips alternate frequency  about 2 kHz apart, episodes last 7 seconds, parallel transmissions on 7121 kHz, 7126 kHz, 7131 kHz,  7166 kHz, and 7171 kHz.

Has been occurring for past 20 minutes as I write this.


I found Birchbenders Keto Waffle and  Pancake mix at my local  grocery store. https://birchbenders.com/collections/pancake-waffle-mix/products/keto

It's a dry mix to which you add some water to make a pancake and waffle batter.  Very easy.

I get about 5 4" pancakes from one serving, enough for my wife and me (not including the 4 thick Applewood bacon slices that I put on the side.)

I pan  fried the batter in ample butter: the presentation is indistinguishable from a conventional flour-based pancake mix (pleasant golden brown), such as Aunt Jemima's -- although they deflate a little once on the serving plate. The texture is ever so slightly grainy consistent with the almond  flour component, but the taste is very satisfying and a very closely resembles the pancakes I grew up on.

Macros per serving of mix: 56% fat, 23% carbs, 20% protein. I rounded the results: it adds up to 99%)
One serving: two 4" pancakes: 10 g carbs,5g fiber, 9 gr protein.
Ingredients: Almond flour,  eggs, Tigernut flour, coconut flour, Cassava starch, buttermilk,leaving (monocalcium phosphate,sodium bicarbonate), salt, spice.

This product can fit into a keto diet sort of. I'm a little concerned about the cassava starch.

I give it a 9 on a scale of 10 for taste and ease of preparation.


Bacon, BBQ, Beef, And More / Product review: Rhythm Cauliflower Bites
« on: September 01, 2019, 2018 UTC »
My wife brought home a bag of  Rhythm Foods Cauliflower Sea Salt bites https://rhythmsuperfoods.com/  from Costco.

The ingredients are: organic  cauliflower, organic high oleic sunfloweroil, sea salt.

Macros: 84% fat, 12% carbs, 4% protein.

1 serving  (14 pieces = 6 grams total carbs, 2 grams fiber.

They are terrific! Slightly crunchy, salty, a little oily like that of a french fry. (Not dry like pork rinds, but I like those too.)
Most of the pieces are the size of a popped corn, some larger, some smaller, and have a golden deep fried appearance with a slight crunch and only a vague cauliflower flavor. The satisfaction comes from the salty oily crunch, not the  cauliflower flavor (which is barely detectable, but pleasant.)

They also come in Buffalo Ranch flavor and White Cheddar flavor.

I give them a 10 on my satisfaction scale.


A few months ago, I started an experiment to get my lipid panel numbers down into the conventional "normal" range so as to ensure I get a preferred premium rate on my life insurance.

I've been strict keto for about 2 years now. My lipid panel numbers show high LDL : that is, I'm a Lean Mass Hyperresponder with a very high LDL and total cholesterol -- most physicians would consider me high risk and put me on a statin. I take no prescription medicines.

But I have a life insurance policy that is about to expire; I need to apply for a new one, and I'll need a physical examination including blood and urine testing.

If I maintain a lipid profile as it was when on ketogenic high fat and  <20 grams of carbohydrates per day for the life insurance physical, I suspect ketogenic-induced lipid numbers will put me into a "high risk" category and increase my insurance premium rates.

Via Google Scholar, I researched every food or supplement that lowers cholesterol and introduced them into my lifestyle and eliminated those foods that increase cholesterol, yet trying to be as low carb as possible. I read every scientific paper I could find that has something practical I could do to lower my cholesterol and tried to put the recommendation into practice.  Certain foods were shown to lower cholesterol, so I started eating them.

I had blood-work done a few times along the way to ensure my cholesterol numbers were moving in the direction the insurance company would find acceptable and put me into a "preferred premium" category with the lowest insurance premiums.

All the while, most of the time I was able to stay in a desirable low-state of ketogenesis via Ketostix urine testing for acetoacetate.

Here are the results: (My well formulated ketogenic diet lipid profile is in red. My "experiment" numbers are in green):

Keto diet  (High fat, <20 grams of carbohydrates/day)                      Experimental diet to lower cholesterol
Cholesterol total  291                                                                                  Cholesterol total  200         
HDL 80                                                                                                       HDL 88             
Triglycerides 64                                                                                           Triglycerides 50
LDL 195                                                                                                      LDL 99     

Here's my dietary protocol to get the numbers shown in green:

I eliminated: butter, bacon, sausage, and fatty meat.  >:(
I used only olive oil as my added fat.
I ate fish 3 times weekly, usually canned sardines in water or olive oil as part of my lunch.
I ate 50 grams of raw almonds daily. (about a handful)
I ate 50 grams of raw blueberries daily. (about a handful)
I took 500 mg niacin twice daily. (OTC  Slo-niacin)
I took 1800 mg phytosterols daily (OTC Cholestoff Plus)
I took about 6 grams of psyllium husk daily  (OTC)
I ate one slice of whole wheat bread every other day.

Every breakfast during the cholesterol-lowering experiment, I ate 2 fried eggs with some cheddar cheese, now cooked with a few tablespoons of olive oil, and sprinkled liberally with salt and pepper, black coffee.
My lunch is sardines or a can of Vienna sausages, pickle, and a cheese stick
Dinner is generally low saturated fat, moderate piece of chicken or beef, and some sort of green such as salad, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, sprinkled liberally with salt.

My blood pressure per my home sphygmomanometer is always in the normal range.

These diet changes are essentially increasing carbohydrates and decreasing saturated fat.

I am ready for the life insurance physical!  Then, it's  back to bacon and sausage and no bread.


I see diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy) nearly every day in my practice as a board certified optometrist in a large group practice. About a year and a half ago I examined four lean men about my age who were recently diagnosed with adult onset diabetes (type 2 DM or T2DM). Most diabetics I see are obese, but these men were skinny like me. My body mass index is about 22. 

These encounters with newly diagnosed lean-adult diabetics led me to examine my diet which was heavy with “healthy” whole grains as shown on the USDA Food Pyramid. My breakfasts were usually “heart-healthy” oat meal or Cheerios with milk, two slices of whole wheat bread and Smart Balance spread or a plain bagel with low fat cream cheese, and black coffee. I was doing the right thing eating things that were healthy for my heart. My lunches and dinners weren’t much different -- healthy! I thought.

Then I realized the tremendous carbohydrate load I was ingesting each day might put me at risk for decreased health, perhaps toward being a lean adult-onset diabetic like the four patients mentioned earlier.

My interest in ketogenic eating evolved from the application toward reversing diabetes to it’s powerful anti-inflammatory power, as inflammation seems to be the source of many of the diseases of civilization (hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease which is now considered type 3 diabetes).

I started a strict ketogenic diet two days before Thanksgiving 2017 and have been 99% faithful since, straying from the diet rarely and  mildly only when away from home and with little food choices. My carbohydrate intake is <25 gms/day, sometimes much lower and my fat intake is high as tracked with a free app Lifesum.  A typical breakfast is ~ 1000+ calories, 95% fat, 5% protein (2 eggs and cheddar cheese fried in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil/butter/bacon fat combination and 2 thick slices of bacon, black coffee. 

I told my primary care physician about my ketogenic diet during a physical exam in August – he said  nothing pro or con. The blood work results below include lipid panels done prior to keto, during keto, and my experiment with 1800 milligrams of  Cholestoff daily while on keto.

The “Std Diet” is how I ate without regards to anything. The dates "Std diet" (pre-keto),  8/2018, 9/2018, and 11/2018 are blood draws and analysis dates. 
      Std Diet             Keto 8/2018         Keto 9/2018            Keto + Cholestoff 11/2018        “Desired value”
Chol   190                 291                          287                            234                                              <200
HDL    76                   80                             83                              84                                                  >40
LDL     105                 195                          189                            135                                                   --
Trigly   43                  64                             53                              61                                                  <150
Chol/HDL  2.5            3.6                           3.5                             2.8                                                   <5.0

The ketogenic diet (low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fat):
Increased my cholesterol from 190 to 291, a 53% increase. Bad. :(
Increased my LDL from 105 to 195, an 86% increase. Bad.  :(
Increased my triglycerides from 43 to 64, a 49% increase. Bad. But still <150. Good! :)
Increased my HDL from 76 to 83, an 10% increase. Good.  :)
Decreased my weight by 15 pounds. Not desirable in my case. I was skinny already.
The addition of 1800 mg of Cholestoff daily for 5 weeks until the 11/2018 blood analysis did lower my cholesterol from 287 to 234, an 18% drop. And it lowered my LDL from 189 to 135, a decrease of 29% without any side affects. 
I ordered  the lab work of 9/2018 and 11/2018 myself online via directlabs.com. You can too, without your physicians’ approval – the lab will send the results directly to you.
One analysis I had done that I did not include in this report is the Quest  Cardio IQ analysis of my lipoprotein subfractions, that is, the LDL particle number and sizes. The sizes of these cholesterol particles is perhaps a more important cardiovascular health biomarker versus the LDL. 

My Lipoprotein (a) (Lp, little “a”) is extremely optimal @ 15 nmol/L, and this biomarker is also now believed to be highly important in cardiovascular health assessment. I’m happy with that. 

So, these cholesterol numbers would likely make most physicians and cardiologists start me on statins, but my HDL, triglycerides, Lp(a), and weight are normal. And I'm not sedentary -- I do high intensity interval exercising.  I think there's a reassessment of what is “normal” cholesterol levels for eaters of lots of carbohydrates and what’s considered “normal” for those in ketosis and who are lean.  For now, my doctor’s just watching, and I’m enjoying the fat. 

New Gatorade Zero should be called Gatorade 1 Carb or Gatorade 5 Calories, or something,


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