Geocaching: I set new milestones today!

Finding this cache set a few personal records for me today!

  • At 2669.2km, this cache is now the farthest cache I’ve ever found
  • At W114° 01.980, this is now the western-most cache I’ve ever found
  • At N50° 58.680, this is now the northern-most cache I’ve ever found… still not the highest though, one in New York state was higher!
  • Photoblog: Row Row Row your …

    Took this picture a few years ago while we were in Boston as part of our honeymoon. This rower was plying along the Charles River in Boston, I believe that’s the Prudential Building in the background. The picture was taken from the grounds of the Massachutteses Institute of Technology – one of the pillars of modern technology.

    Boston is one of my favorite places to visit, we spent a lot of time wandering Boston Common (watch out for the squirrels). The Museum of Fine Art is so large that the admission fee is valid for several weekends. [ F80 / scanned ]

    Photoblog: Patio Lanterns

    Took this picture last October at the Festival of Lanterns 2004. The Festival is an annual production at Montreal’s Jardin Botanique. It was quite nice walking around the garden waiting for the sun to set, and watching the magical transformation of the park with the lights. Quite a show.

  • Link: Jardin
  • Computers: For the “weird” file….

    Working on a laptop computer this morning I found the keys on the right hand side were not working. So I popped off the keyboard overlay to take a closer look. The keys on that side of the keyboard were not functioning, because they were gummed up underneath with candle wax. One has to wonder what these people are doing with their company laptops sometimes!

    Does this person have *any* idea how difficult it is to clean wax off the
    underside of a keyboard?

    Radio: 24 Hours later….

    I’ve been hanging around at some of the local radio clubs, namely the Peel Amateur Radio Club and the Halton Amateur Radio Club. I’ve actually been to a meeting at the Peel club, and I visited their ARES meeting last night to find out what that’s all about.

    Found out what the (+) in my listing on the Rac Website is – that’s the method they’re using to identify the basic licences with HF priveledges. Didn’t stop the other club members from joking around that it must be some kind of important mark – the kind of thing that gets you volunteered for running Field Day.

    I’m finally up and running with my data cable, and I’ve tested with my wife’s eTrex. Was pretty neat watching a bunch of callsigns start appearing and moving around on the map screen. This is going to be a LOT trickier on the eXplorist though, that sucker has a USB interface. I do believe that I can get it to send data to the radio (not sure about getting data FROM the radio though). There is a webpage that describes how to get the eXplorist working as a ‘real’ serial device over at, but I’m going to have to learn a bit more about this kind of thing before I can pull that off.

    I’ve also been able to talk to the radio from my laptop computer, but not in a place that can see any radio signals, so I’ll play with that later.

    Going to be a busy couple weeks coming up. I’ve had a few contacts on the brampton 2M repeater already, and some limited success hitting the Georgetown 70cm repeater.

    Radio: Got my callsign now! VA3GDP

    Checked this morning and it wasn’t there, but a later check and I’ve got my callsign after all. There’s a little (+) after my last name, which makes me curious and messes up the RAC search page at the moment. If you want to search for my call-sign, look for last name pleau(+). Odd.

    Now the fun starts though!