Moxon Rectangle Generator

I came across an interesting and useful free little program, to calculate the relevant dimensions, for a directional rectangular antenna. MoxGen will show you the dimensions and (optionally) generate an antenna model file for a 50 ohm Moxon Rectangle antenna, given the design frequency and wire size. The program is based on an algorithm developed by L. B. Cebik, W4RNL.


I have downloaded and installed the program on my computer. It seems to work. I have used it to get the dimensions for a 10 Meter antenna. The next step is to try and build one…

This page references a site, about L. B. Cebik, who died in 2006, that did have free access, but now is a pay site. Still check out the page I found, and see for yourself. There you can download this small program, for free. It also has installation instructions.

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Bearcat IV scanner page 01

Bearcat IV scanner page 01 by cjp02
Bearcat IV scanner page 01, a photo by cjp02 on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
This is the operating instruction booklet for the Bearcat IV scanner made by the Electra division of Masco. It dates from 1973.

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BBC News – The BBC’s Laurie Margolis broke news of Falklands invasion

The 1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina caught Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by surprise, newly released papers have revealed.

Thousands of documents have been made public under the 30 year rule. They show that Mrs Thatcher was acutely worried about retaking the islands.

The BBC’s Laurie Margolis explains how he confirmed news of the invasion before the government.

BBC News – The BBC’s Laurie Margolis broke news of Falklands invasion.

via BBC News – The BBC’s Laurie Margolis broke news of Falklands invasion.

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Which blog to read?

Welcome to the

Colin’s Place

Family of WordPress blogs

I have different blogs, because I like to blog about my various interests. With the New Year approaching, it would seem like a good time to reflect on what I am trying to achieve with these different blogs. There were just four blogs, but the boundaries between them were getting blurred. A lot
of topics crossed the boundaries.

After giving this some thought, I figured, I need to re-arrange my blogs, to better cover the subject material, I wanted to cover.

For the New Year, 2013, the re-arranged blogs including two new ones will be:-



Colin’s Place – A little bit of everything really. Re-blogs of interesting stuff, and some of my personal views and opinions.


Colins Cars Page – A place to share my favorite cars and truck pictures, articles and videos


Around Our Area – What’s going on Around Our Area – Mostly local Festivals, Classic Car Shows, Parades and Town Wide Yard Sales.


Indiana Local History and Waymarks – Things you never knew, about Indiana people and their history


IN Covered Bridges – A Quest to walk across and photograph the remaining covered bridges in Indiana


KC9PDY The world as seen by Colin, KC9PDY – Electronics and Amateur Radio hints, tips and information.





Hopefully this will ease the blurring of the lines between them.

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Then and Now, Wingate, IN

Because I had seen, an old postcard, on my county’s library website, showing the old Gymnasium in Wingate, Indiana. I figured it would make a good “then and now” waymark.

The old picture is from a postcard, that was mailed in 1928, from Wingate to Indianapolis, IN.

The description from the Library website:-

This barn was used by Wingate High School as a practice gymnasium for their state championship-winning basketball teams. The postcard was addressed to Mildred Burdon at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, and the stamp was canceled in Wingate on 1928-10-30. The note on the back of the postcard reads, “Wingate, Ind. – 1928-10-28 – Dear Mildred, Hope you will ? better. So you can return home soon. From John Greenburg.” Digitized copies of this and other postcards were provided by Jane Lyle, February 2011.

These pictures were both taken at the junction of Main Cross and High streets in downtown Wingate, Indiana. Taken from the north east corner, looking south, southeast

The Gymnasium in Wingate, IN C.1928

The Gymnasium in Wingate, IN,November 23rd 2012

The gymnasium is located next to the US Post Office in Wingate, or rather, as the gym was there first, the Post Office is located next to the Old Gymnasium. On the far left of both pictures, you can see the back, lean to porch of an old house, that is there.

As I write this, in November 2012, the old gymnasium is up for sale,

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Then and Now, Morocco, IN

Yesterday, Saturday November 24th, 2012 we went to look around my wife’s old home town of Morocco, and Kentland, both in Newton County, in Indiana. I got to take some nice pictures, and co-ordinates to Waymark some of the town’s features.

This was partly because we had to drop her brother off at his home in Fowler, and partly because of an old postcard I had seen on Flickr, showing downtown Morocco, covered in snow, from about 1908. I asked my wife if the stores shown were still there, she recognized the location, but was unsure of the look of the area nowadays. I figured it would make a good “then and now” waymark, if nothing else.

These pictures were taken at the junction of State and Clay streets in downtown Morocco, Indiana. Taken from the south west corner, looking north east.

Old postcard scan

Morocco, IN in 1908

Morocco, IN in 2012

The pictures taken yesterday are uploaded to Flickr

in Kentland, IN

and Morocco, IN

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Greenlawn Cemetery, Wingate, Indiana

On Sunday, November 18th, 2012, with the weather being unseasonably warm, it was a good day to visit the main cemetery, Greenlawn, here in Wingate, Indiana. I can see the cemetery, from my kitchen window. That is not so surprising, as Wingate is a small town of less than 300 people.

The great thing about Waymarking, apart from obviously getting out there and taking some pictures and tracking GPS co-ordinates, is the research part, learning about the object or place, its history and other details. Until recently, I had not even heard of White Bronze monuments, that are made from Zinc. For the two years we have lived here, I have seen the cemetery, from my kitchen window, but now I know a little more about what and who I am looking at.

The links below, take you to the Waymark’s on

Greenlawn Cemetery, viewed from the southeast

A little history, Wingate was originally platted in 1932, by Christian Bever, as Pleasant Hill. Later it was renamed to Wingate, by the town’s people, to honor local dignitary, John C Wingate, who lived in, and is buried here in town. Around 1910, the wife of John C Wingate, visited an exhibition, there she saw some Japanese buildings. She persuaded her husband to have one built for her, in their back yard. This Pagoda, built around 1912, still stands, at the rear of the former John C Wingate house, on the corner of Main and Main Cross streets. It is a well known land mark, in this part of Montgomery County.I have taken some pictures of the Pagoda, but not yet waymarked it.

There are four Cemeteries in and near Wingate, this one, Greenlawn, is at the junction of SR25 and SR 55, on the north side of town. it has over 800 people buried there. Of all the headstones and monuments, there are only 4 White Bronze monuments. The Wingate family plot is also here.

The four White Bronze monument Waymark’s are:-

Greenlawn Cemetery, Wingate, IN, USA

White Bronze monument for William Coseboom

Greenlawn Cemetery, Wingate, IN, USA

White Bronze monument for George and William Luse

Greenlawn Cemetry, Wingate, IN

White Bronze monument for John and Ephriam Luse

Greenlawn Cemetery, Wingate, IN

White Bronze monument for Lucinda Bittle and infant children

John C Wingate, mentioned above, is buried in the Wingate Family plot. I have not, at the time of writing this, made a Waymark for his grave. I was considering submitting it under the “Grave of a famous person” category, but I am not sure, reading the guidelines, whether he is famous enough, outside of the Montgomery County area. Here are pictures of the Wingate Memorial and John C Wingate’s marker.
Greenlawn Cemetery, Wingate, IN

Greenlawn Cemetery, Wingate, IN

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White Bronze Cemetery Monuments

White Bronze Cemetery Monuments

(Photo from

I found several interesting web pages detailing the history of White Bronze Cemetery Monuments, that are actually made from pure Zinc. They look like marble, with a greyish white color, with a hint of blue. These beautiful monuments and stones were made in Connecticut, for only about 40 years, from about 1874 until 1914, but can be seen across most of the United States, and Canada. They are fairly rare, and but even have their own category…

I am going to be looking out for some of these to photograph and waymark …

Other websites of interest:-

(Clicking these links will open a new window)


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Ham Radio Nation – Amateur Radio Social Network


Are you a Radio Amateur operator?

Have you checked out Ham Radio Nation – Amateur Radio Social Network.

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Newport Covered Bridge

Last weekend, after leaving the Newport Hill Climb, we visited the nearby covered bridge.

I had previously visited this bridge, but not for about 5 years or so. I wanted to take better pictures, with my newer, and better camera.

I also wanted to Waymark this bridge and it’s Historic Marker.

Newport_covered_bridge Waymark

Newport bridge Historic Marker Waymark

From the Indiana Historical Marker, for this bridge:-

Newport Covered Bridge

County commissioners ordered (1885) as link across Little Vermilion River at Newport and Quaker Point Free Gravel Road. Built 1885 by Joseph J Daniels, Rockville: Burr Truss design, 180 foot span, sandstone abutments. Floor replaced, 1984. Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1994.

I have some covered bridge pictures, on Flickr

My website about The Covered Bridges of Indiana

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