I’ve been playing with my radios this weekend, tweeking some settings, adding frequencies and deleting others. All the while trying to keep some consistency between the three different radios. I also set the FT-8800 to work as a cross band repeater. This will allow me to walk around freely with a handheld, and still use the power of a more powerful radio. Pretty kewl !!
I made some changes to my ham page I included a list of local repeaters with the settings. This might prove useful to a new ham or someone new or visiting the area.
I guess the Galveston Parks Department is Just trying to make the best of things. after all there isn’t an easy answer or solution, but j think that the most of us agree that its a pretty stinky ugly mess. I didn’t notice anyone on a seaweed scavenger hunt.
It does look to me that instead of piling into huge seaweed mountains, they have decided to attempt to clean some of the beaches and spread it out on some of the others and hope to gain some beach reclamation. I don’t know how successful it will be but its not pretty
and its got to be raising hell with the tourist industry. While some of the beaches aren’t this bad, there is seaweed to be found at all the beaches. Personally I’m not tempted to go scavenger hunting on this particular beach. happy hunting to those who choose otherwise.
My recent trip to Trinidad proved interesting, but getting on and off the platform might have been the most exciting part. This rig was parked out in the bay only about 3 or 4 miles out. Although I could actually see it from my room. It was a half hour drive to get from the hotel to the waterfront. The roads are windy and traffic is horrendous.
Once we arrived and parked the car we had to wait for the pilot boat to arrive. The pier we were at is pretty typical of of most municipal waterfronts anywhere, with many commercial and sport fishing boats docked beam to beam. The pilot boat arrived and took us near where the service boat was hanging out near the platform
We boarded by climbing up a rope ladder. This was a big boat maybe 200 feet long. They then backed this thing up into rig
The next part is the exiting part. They lower this net cage device and put our bags and stuff inside the netting and on the floor. We are then told to step on the outside and hang on tight. The crane operators are experts and smoothly guide us up across and to a gentle landing. All I know is that I had a death grip on that thing for the whole ride. While I was very grateful when the whole thing was over It dawned on me that if I were to ever get off this platform I would have to do it again.