• Msg from Daryl 11-18-19

    From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to All on Mon Nov 18 07:13:00 2019

    Hi Folks!

    Below is a message from Daryl Stout: November 17, 2019 5:30 p.m.:



    Good News and Bad News.

    The Good News is regarding Ham Radio and Square Dancing.

    With a lot of "rigging", I've got my ham radio stuff moved to the Lenovo
    laptop with Windows 10 64-bit. This includes CQ100 (with QSO-TV), D-Star
    (via the ThumbDV and the BlueDV program), D-Rats, Packet Via Telnet (via
    the Outpost Packet Program), and Echolink. So, I can still run ham radio
    nets on a limited basis, and get some therapy (limited as it is).

    However, my on the air times are limited to the following nets:

    Sunday, QCWA Net on the QuadNet Array (4pm Central Time)
    Monday, PCL Packet Net on the NS2B BBS (7pm Central Time)
    Tuesday, Arklatex D-Star Net on REF 48 B (7:30pm Central Time)
    1st Thursday, CERT D-Star Net on REF 58A (8:30pm Central Time)
    2nd Thursday, New Mexico D-Star Net on REF 55A (9pm Central Time)
    Friday, Trains Net on the QuadNet Array (7pm Central Time)
    1st Saturday, Food Net on the QuadNet Array (7pm Central Time)

    Early checkins for the nets on the QuadNet Array or the REF (Reflectors)
    start approximately 30 minutes before the net. At that time, and during
    the net, I am available on D-Rats for checkins, chat, and file
    transfers. This is as long as my Mi-Fi connect holds. Any other nets I
    had been part of in the past, are no longer checked into, due to the
    "mad rush" at checkin. The one exception is The Millennium Net on
    Wednesday, but it's on hiatus until early 2020.

    However, due to data limits with the Verizon Mi-Fi and the laptop, once
    the nets are closed, the net applications and D-Rats are shut down...and
    I am off the air, otherwise. I am checking on an "unlimited plan", but
    can't do anything on that until mid-December.

    At least with the laptop, I can do the ham radio nets, and update a few websites (mainly square dancing), plus some minor web surfing. Of
    course, if thunderstorms are in the area at net time, or I have health, internet, or other issues, I'm "offline at off the air" anyway.

    Now, for the bad news...

    This is mainly for the BBS.

    Due to rodents (rats) here, and all being done to get rid of them (it'll
    take some time, as the rats are cautious and smart...unlike mice, who
    are curious and stupid), I won't have my traditional setup until
    possibly spring 2020. I likely will have to move it to my bedroom, and
    run cables from the back bedroom where the cable modem is...to the
    router for the BBS computer. The laptop can only run on Wi-Fi, but
    that'd go through the router.

    The problem is that there are still apparently rodents in the house, and
    some rooms still need to be cleaned up. Both spring traps and glue traps
    have been laid out, but at least the guarantee on the work is good until 2025...so if I see more rodents, they'll come back and set more traps.

    However, I still have to get my late Mom's clothes disposed of as well.
    With all the stress of being her caregiver for over 3 years, then
    dealing with stuff after her death, and as a result, having neglected my health, I'm having to pay the piper...and am in the early stages of a breakdown.

    So, for all practical purposes, I don't look to have The Thunderbolt BBS
    back up until maybe spring, 2020...and I'm not optimistic at that,
    either. Plus, I can't update the 2 desktops (one the BBS computer, and
    the other my late Mom's computer) until I get the regular Xfinity
    internet back.

    For my BBS connects, you can either leave me in the nodelist as DOWN, or
    REMOVE me entirely. In the latter case, I can re-apply for a node number
    after I get back online. Otherwise, I'll keep my current node number.
    But, don't bother to hold my mail packets. I will AREAFIX them once I
    get back online.

    As for Networks, I know I'll be on FIDONet. I'll look at also having
    GatorNet, RadioWeatherNet, ILinkNet, and CyberNet. The others (mainly
    done by Gert Andersen) may or may not be kept, as I rarely hear from
    him. But, the BBS is the least of my worries until sometime next spring.
    The rest of the network names that I was part of escape me offhand.

    But, I wanted to let everyone know what's going on, and why I've basically disappeared. I will try to check email at least once a day. As for
    Facebook, I unfriended everyone, but if you previously chatted with me
    on Messenger, you can reach me that way. I am part of a few ham radio,
    weather, trains, BBS, and square dance groups, but I don't spend as much
    time on Facebook as I used to.

    Daryl Stout, WX4QZ, Sysop
    The Thunderbolt BBS, Little Rock, Arkansas

    --
    Daryl Stout, WX4QZ -- You're DEAD WRONG if you try to beat a train to a crossing.
    For details, go to http://www.theweatherwonder.com/rxr.htm




    Barry_Martin_3@
    @Q.COM



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  • From Nancy Backus@454:1/452 to Barry Martin on Sat Nov 30 18:55:56 2019
    Quoting Barry Martin to All on 18-Nov-2019 07:13 <=-

    Below is a message from Daryl Stout: November 17, 2019 5:30 p.m.:

    Thanks for passing it along... :)

    Below is for Daryl, if you are able to forward it...

    Good News and Bad News.
    The Good News is regarding Ham Radio and Square Dancing.
    With a lot of "rigging", I've got my ham radio stuff moved to the
    Lenovo laptop with Windows 10 64-bit. This includes CQ100 (with
    QSO-TV), D-Star (via the ThumbDV and the BlueDV program), D-Rats,
    Packet Via Telnet (via the Outpost Packet Program), and Echolink. So, I can still run ham radio nets on a limited basis, and get some therapy (limited as it is).

    Good news that you can at least do some of your therapy... :)

    The problem is that there are still apparently rodents in the house,
    and some rooms still need to be cleaned up. Both spring traps and glue traps have been laid out, but at least the guarantee on the work is
    good until 2025...so if I see more rodents, they'll come back and set
    more traps.

    The guarantee is indeed a blessing...

    However, I still have to get my late Mom's clothes disposed of as
    well. With all the stress of being her caregiver for over 3 years, then dealing with stuff after her death, and as a result, having neglected
    my health, I'm having to pay the piper...and am in the early stages of
    a breakdown.
    ......
    But, I wanted to let everyone know what's going on, and why I've
    basically disappeared. I will try to check email at least once a day.
    As for Facebook, I unfriended everyone, but if you previously chatted
    with me on Messenger, you can reach me that way. I am part of a few ham radio, weather, trains, BBS, and square dance groups, but I don't spend
    as much time on Facebook as I used to.

    Hang in there... you are still in our thoughts and prayers....

    ttyl neb

    ... It's only possible to live-happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Nancy Backus on Sun Dec 1 11:36:00 2019

    Hi Nancy!


    Quoting Barry Martin to All on 18-Nov-2019 07:13 <=-
    Below is a message from Daryl Stout: November 17, 2019 5:30 p.m.:
    Thanks for passing it along... :)
    Below is for Daryl, if you are able to forward it...

    Done. :)



    Barry_Martin_3@
    @Q.COM



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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Nancy Backus on Sun Dec 1 16:18:00 2019

    Hi Nancy!

    Below is for Daryl, if you are able to forward it...

    Daryl received and sends his appreciation.




    Barry_Martin_3@
    @Q.COM



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  • From Nancy Backus@454:1/452 to Barry Martin on Thu Dec 5 02:45:40 2019
    Quoting Barry Martin to Nancy Backus on 01-Dec-2019 16:18 <=-

    Below is for Daryl, if you are able to forward it...
    Daryl received and sends his appreciation.

    Thank you for forwarding both ways... :)

    ttyl neb

    ... AOL offline again? :-) Great! Call a BBS!!! (-:

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Nancy Backus on Thu Dec 5 08:02:00 2019

    Hi Nancy!

    Below is for Daryl, if you are able to forward it...
    Daryl received and sends his appreciation.
    Thank you for forwarding both ways... :)

    And he's doing reasonably well, though still bit depressed and
    overwhelmed.



    Barry_Martin_3@
    @Q.COM



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  • From Nancy Backus@454:1/452 to Barry Martin on Wed Dec 11 19:11:28 2019
    Quoting Barry Martin to Nancy Backus on 05-Dec-2019 08:02 <=-

    Below is for Daryl, if you are able to forward it...
    Daryl received and sends his appreciation.
    Thank you for forwarding both ways... :)
    And he's doing reasonably well, though still bit depressed and overwhelmed.

    Good, and understandable that he'd be feeling especially overwhelmed at
    this time... :)

    ttyl neb

    ... I'm happy to feast whenever Hallmark tells me to.

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Nancy Backus on Thu Dec 12 12:30:00 2019

    Hi Nancy!

    Below is for Daryl, if you are able to forward it...
    Daryl received and sends his appreciation.
    Thank you for forwarding both ways... :)
    And he's doing reasonably well, though still bit depressed and overwhelmed.
    Good, and understandable that he'd be feeling especially
    overwhelmed at this time... :)

    Yes, not exactly the the happy times he probably anticipated for the
    season.

    Last he mentioned was the BBS, weather site, etc., would not be back up
    until April or so.


    ... I'm happy to feast whenever Hallmark tells me to.

    Even more so if they pay!


    Barry_Martin_3@
    @Q.COM



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