CQ CQ CQ – KC3ISO – I Got my License!

  Yesterday the boys and I went down after church and took our Technician Test for Ham Radio.

Myself and Noah passed the test.  My 12 year old did not. While I was there I went ahead took my General Test. Surprisingly, I passed that too!  Noah took it but did not pass it.

As much grief as I give the government sometimes I have to give kudos to the FCC.GOV site.  They had the information uploaded and updated by 10:00 AM today (maybe earlier).

So as I drove home from work today I ventured, very timidly into the world of Ham Radio with a “Radio Check”.  A little later in the evening I talked to a few people. One guy down near Lancaster, PA (through one of the local repeaters connected to the WAN) and then later one of the guys in the “Breakfast Club”.  The Breakfast Club is a group of fellows that a lot of us listen to between 6:00 and 6:30 AM while driving in to work.

I have so much to learn.  Hope to catch you out there!

KC3ISO – 73 – Over.

 

Why I raise Chickens.

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I often get asked the question “Is it cheaper to raise your own chicken?” when a someone has the idea that they want to venture into raising their own food.  “Are the eggs cheaper?” is a common question to.  Let’s be clear.  The answer is no.  It’s no on all fronts. That’s not to say that there aren’t times you beat the market, but scale of economy pretty clearly dictates that someone who is raising 20,000 chickens and 1700 dozen eggs a day is going to be more more efficient at it than I could ever hope to be. It’s not cheaper.  I’m even going to be bold and tell you it’s probably not going to taste as good as store bought chicken… or McDonald’s, Wendy’s or Subway bought chicken.  There is a reason for that.  You don’t know what chicken tastes like.  You *THINK* you know what chicken tastes like, but what you really think is chicken isn’t really chicken.

 

This story about Subway’s chicken sandwich in Canada not really being a majority of chicken is shocking to some people.  Those people are surprised and concerned that this study might be true. Of course, Subway has denied it. Here’s the thing though, the percentage of chicken DNA is just a discussion point because none of those places serve 100% chicken. They don’t have to, and you probably wouldn’t like it if they did. Most modern Americans (and Canadians) don’t know what real chicken tastes like because they don’t buy real chicken and the US and Canadian governments allow that.

You don’t buy real chicken at Wal*Mart (or most anywhere) most likely.  Real chicken isn’t salty and savory and it varies from chicken to chicken. Some taste better than others. Have you ever really looked at your chicken?  Check out the verbiage on the labeling in the picture. “Chicken Breasts” * – well with some rib meat too… oh and 15% “broth”.  Broth isn’t chicken.  Oh, and this is “all natural” too.

Now in full disclosure I don’t raise all the chickens I eat. Not by a long shot. But I DO raise some of it and I know what real chicken tastes like. I always enjoy reading the stories of people who raise their first chickens and talk about how tough they are, how bland, etc.

But, the reason I raise my own and my eggs is because I do know for  a fact that it’s 100% chicken.  It’s not cheaper. It’s not easier… but I need to do it much more often.

The Myth of The Perfect Homestead

 I’ve read many books and article about finding “the perfect homestead”.  In fact some of my favorite books, authors and websites which have influenced me through the years have talked about this mythical “perfect homestead”.  I’m a sucker for the 30,000 ft. view that shows the layout of land, where the water is, what the wind direction and flow, the angle of the sun, where the gardens will go, where the pasture will be, how much of it is wooded, how sustainable will you be able to be. Those just please me. In general, I’m an organizer. I like things at those levels. I like planning and executing to see it done.  I’ve been poisoned conditioned (yes you read that right) to believe you need all of these things and that when you are looking for the perfect homestead that I had to check off all these boxes.  Don’t get me wrong, everyone has things they can live with our they can’t live with, so check boxes aren’t necessarily bad, but I think that a great disservice has been done by some of those writers.   Let me explain that a bit.

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