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    • February 12, 2018 10:56 PM EST
    • Hi Cale,   It was good while it lasted. I enjoyed some of the episodes. Thanks. Kick back and enjoy your hobbies and family time. 73’s. Todd KC1HHG 

    • February 12, 2018 12:47 PM EST
    • Ok, now let's get back to trains :)




      In 2011 I achieved a nearly lifelong goal; I became an Amateur Radio Operator.

      In 2014 I began, as a means to scratch an itch, an Amateur Radio Podcast.

      The podcast, then named ‘Fo Time’ was never supposed to succeed. I had no intention of releasing any more than 5 to 10 programs. Almost 4 years later, 90+ shows, and over a 3/4 million downloads, I’m still wondering how I got here.

      Through that time, I was a small part of promoting the Amateur Radio Hobby via the medium of podcasting. What began as an experiment soon became a platform for a New Ham Operator to learn the ropes. Along the journey I was blessed with the opportunity to connect with and learn from some of the most brilliant and entertaining people on the planet.

      I have been continually astounded by my listening audience and their contribution to the efforts of what became the Ham Radio 360 Podcast and brand. Not only was I afforded the opportunity to learn from the best, I was able to share in those experiences with many others as the brand’s influence grew. Additionally the platform allowed other programs to be birthed for the good of the hobby that will continue to educate and entertain the masses.

      However, I began to realize just how much of me it took to produce quality content and maintain the brand. In October of 2017 I took a break from my regular show production with a promise to return in 2018. I upheld that promise but soon realized that the continued pressure to perform and create was more than I was willing to maintain anymore.

      With that understanding I have decided to discontinue, in it’s entirety, the Ham Radio 360 Podcast. I plan to maintain the Website and Podcast Feed of past shows and content as a contribution to the Amateur Radio Hobby.

      I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to have served you and the wonderful Amateur Radio Hobby.

      Gratefully yours,

      Cale Nelson/K4CDN

      73 Y’all

    • February 6, 2018 11:46 AM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      Thanks Rooster!  I'll slam a door for ya.

      RJ, we are here through the middle of March, so if the afternoon is right, give a holler.  Ric Golding all one word and then an at sign and then yahoo dot com

      By middle of March what date you looking at.  We will be arriving Valrico March 19th.  Later RJD

    • January 22, 2018 5:38 PM EST
    • Rock on dude!

    • January 22, 2018 9:33 AM EST
    • Ray Dunakin said:
      Cale Nelson said:

      random thread post:

      Awesome 4Runner, you'd get along great with a friend of mine-Justin

      My sons were flipping back through old GR mags and were very fond of your figure building articles

      Thanks Cale!

      BTW, I just got some lights I'll be adding to the 4Runner soon. A 31" LED light bar for the front of the roof rack; and two 7" light bars, one for each side to light up the area around me.

      Rock lights... 


    • January 20, 2018 7:34 PM EST
    • Thanks all!

    • January 20, 2018 7:12 PM EST
    • Awesome pics! The "lion" is very clever and well done. Iceland looks like a photog's dream -- I would love to fly my drone there.


    • January 20, 2018 3:32 PM EST
    • Darn Rooster, and I thought maybe you just really liked the pics :-)

    • January 20, 2018 3:14 PM EST
    • oops double post??

    • January 20, 2018 3:14 PM EST
    • Great pics Jim!!

    • January 20, 2018 3:10 PM EST
    • As I understand you, I myself was surprised by this night so short

    • January 20, 2018 2:50 PM EST
    • The trip I took to Iceland was a photo workshop/tour, so we were pretty much moving from site to site that were totally photogenic: lots of waterfalls, a couple of glaciers, a geyser,  and the black sand beach and other things like that. We didn't see any active volcanos but I'm pretty sure that all the mountains we saw were inactive volcanos. We certainly saw some spots where previous eruptions had, for example, melted part of a glacier and cause a massive flood that eroded a path through part of Iceland to the sea.


      No Viking ruins.


      We were also not able to see any of the unique wildlife there, like Puffins.


      This was a 9 day photo workshop: 2 pro photographers with 7 students. It was the most exhausting vacation I ever took. We were up until midnight or 1am every night (this was around the end of June, early July so the sun was only down for about 1.5 hours every night), but had to get up at a normal hour every morning to check out of our hotel. No sleep, but lots of travel and hiking and photography stops. Lots of fun.


    • January 20, 2018 2:48 PM EST
    • I visited Iceland in 2001, I climbed the tracks to the Arctic Circle, I saw these gigantic waterfalls that invite you to plunge into the void, these huge glaciers, but I remember especially this bath hot water at the Blue Lagoon. It is a country that brings you back to the creation of the land where you feel very small. A site to see absolutely once in his life

    • January 20, 2018 1:54 PM EST
    • Did you see any volcanoes in Iceland?

      Viking ruins?

    • January 20, 2018 12:03 PM EST
    • Most of my ballast is crushed basalt.


      The Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Spokane, Portland and Seattle, and Uncle Pete used crushed ballast exclusively in this neighborhood, there is so much of it.

    • January 20, 2018 11:42 AM EST
    • Thanks, folks, for those other shots and info about basalt! Fun stuff. Speaking of fun, I went a little crazy with one of my basalt shots and turned it into a lion:



      And just to be complete, here's a smattering of other Iceland photos, starting with just how amazingly gorgeous it is in general:



      Moving on to the amazing waterfalls that are all over the place:



      And the amazing glacier ice on a black sand beach:



      If you ever get a chance to go to Iceland, I highly recommend it.



    • January 20, 2018 10:49 AM EST
    • Central and South central Washington is loaded with them. They call it the "Scablands". They were exposed when Lake Missoula let go after the last Ice Age and flooded the entire area.

      I always enjoy seeing them. On some property that we once owned in the scablands. there was some curved ones. Looked like a sculpture.

    • January 20, 2018 9:50 AM EST
    • Cool photos Jim,  We have many examples of those basaltic formations here in California.  The most notable is the Devil's Post Pile near Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierra.


    • January 20, 2018 8:48 AM EST
    • Wonderful images, Gentlemen.     Wonderful images... 

    • January 20, 2018 1:29 AM EST
    • Way cool!! 


      I love all kinds of natural rock formations, and basalt certainly ranks up there as one of the most interesting types.