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Have an old smartphone lying around and want to get cheap monthly cell service? I have discovered a way to use my old iPhone 4 with TracFone and I can tell you that it works.

If you don’t need one of those costly unlimited plans and just want to use your phone for a quick call home and for emergency situations then a TracFone plan is the way to go.

Some of us aren’t addicted to mobile phones believe it or not!

I’ll give you the rundown on how I got my iPhone to work with TracFone.

The Process

At first I went on over to TracFone’s website and shopped for a Bring Your Own Phone plan. Then I proceeded to activate it. It asks “What type of smartphone are you going to activate today?” and I selected the “I’m Bringing My Own Smartphone” option.

It then asks if I have a TracFone sim card which I do not. Then they ask what carrier is your phone compatible with? I have a Verizon CDMA model.

TracFone prompts you for an IMEI or MEID number for verification purposes. Being that I have a Verizon CDMA model I had to find the MEID number.

On my iPhone I went to the Settings app and then to General and About. The MEID was listed there, but the TracFone website would not accept it. Turns out I had to use a MEID converter because the phone lists it in a hexadecimal format and it needs to be converted to a decimal format. I copy and pasted the MEID DEC number and it worked perfectly.

Only $15 A Month For Cell Service

I chose the cheapest plan for only $15 a month with the auto-fill option. This gives me 200 minutes of talk time, 500 text messages, and 500MB of data on a monthly basis. Base your decision on how much you will be using it and what you can afford to spend.

Use Your Home Address For The Zip Code

Be sure to use your local ZIP code during the setup process. Your phone number’s area code will be reflected upon what you enter.

After your purchase is finalized you will need to call *22890 using your phone’s keypad. You will need service during this process. It took about half a minute until I received a text message from TracFone which gave me a designated phone number.

In Case You Chose The Wrong Zip Code

I put in the wrong ZIP code and had to chat with TracFone’s customer service to get my number changed.

If you would ever like to change your phone number you will need to get in touch with TracFone’s customer service via phone or chat (the chat option gives you a human being). You will have to call the *22890 number again to get your new number to activate on your phone.

The Acid Reflix Myth

The real cause of heartburn may not be what you think it is. We are constantly being bombarded with endless commercials claiming that too much stomach acid is the culprit. The acid is squirting up out of the stomach. Let’s explore.

What if too little stomach acid is the real cause of acid reflux? Is it possible that you’ve been led down the garden path once again? Is this another medical mistake?

The medical community will suggest to use the anti-acids or PPI’s to put out the flame. Yet, they do not tell you that longterm these medications may be harmful to you. Yes, they may be harmful to you in the long run.

Dare I say it again. A natural approach to health may apply once again. Are there natural remedies that might benefit the overall being? We must be magnanimous toward the one’s that misguide us.

I once read an article where a patient told how he cured himself just by losing weight. There must be some validity to his story. Being overweight must put pressure on this vital area. Losing weight will become a good start to getting rid of the burn.

This alludes to changing to a better diet. Instead of all the processed foods, we begin to eat healthy raw foods, i.e. vegetables and fruits. Our grandparents got this one right.

Essentially, some of us need MORE stomach acid instead of reducing it, especially as we get older. How to increase stomach acid?

There are several ways to do this. First of all, our water drinking habits need to change. One should drink small amounts of water before, during, and after the meal, or perhaps none at all around mealtime. This is to insure that we do not dilute the gastric acid in the stomach, which is needed for digestion

A typical adult human stomach will secrete about 1.5 liters of gastric acid daily.

Gastric juice is a variable mixture of water, hydrochloric acid, electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphate, sulfate, and bicarbonate), and organic substances (mucus, pepsins, and protein). So guess what. Gastric juice is our friend and we must help nature instead of fighting it.

Another solution is lemon and honey in the morning. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a cup of room temperature water and enjoy. A teaspoon of honey can be added or do what I do, just take the honey straight from the spoon. Honey is a good healer and immunity builder.

This remedy will help many things, including weight loss. It’s actually a good liver cleanse. Remember, no food for 30 minutes after the lemon drink.

A factor many do not understand is one of the ingredients mentioned above—hydrochloric acid—which includes a type of salt—not the commercial grade table salt—-but what is called Pink Himalayan Salt.

Pink Himalayan Salt will help increase the gastric juices our bodies require, and will provide us with more of the trace minerals that we need to remain healthy. I put 1/8 teaspoon in a cup of water and drink up.

After applying these methods and still no results, it is imperative to lower the coffee intake, or completely cut it out for a brief period. Coffee can wreak havoc on the body if overused for long periods of time. In the past when I had severe heartburn issues, coffee was definitely a big factor.

In conclusion, a better diet and exercise will improve the health dramatically. However, there may be another point to make here. What some may refer to as acid reflux, might actually be a condition called a Hiatal hernia, and if this is the case, it can be treated: How to Fix a Hiatal Hernia.

Qui es-tu Fritz Haber?

We begin with a chilling statistic: 91% of men, and 84% of women, have fantasized about killing someone. Qui es-tu Fritz Haber?

The 20th century changes planet earth forever, with a grand scale of war that had never been imaginable. Meanwhile, back on the farm, life was difficult and sometimes bearable. Nationalism brings with it the idea of sovereignty plus a new national identity.

What’s the accomplishment that’s so great? Haber is known for developing and weaponizing chlorine and other poisonous gases during World War I. Ironically, it was his discovery of Zyklon B that was used at the Auschwitz death camp to murder Jews and other victims during the Holocaust. This was during World War II.

Remember, it should be noted that Fritz Haber’s heritage was Jewish. This means that his inventions helped to kill his own people.

He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918 for his invention of the Haber–Bosch process, a method used in industry to synthesize ammonia from nitrogen gas and hydrogen gas.

Another important discovery was the Haber–Weiss reaction.

In January 2012, Radiolab aired a segment on Haber, including the invention of the Haber Process, the Second Battle of Ypres, his involvement with Zyklon B, and the death of his wife, Clara.

1. Fritz Haber Part 1 (YouTube)
2. Fritz Haber Part 2 (YouTube)

VasperVasper Technology is designed to stimulate production of natural human growth hormone (‘HGH’) by using a revolutionary patent pending device in conjunction with traditional exercise equipment.

The benefits of increasing and maintaining high levels of HGH include increased energy levels, an increased metabolic rate, accelerated post-injury recovery, clarity of mind, restful sleep and many other desirable effects on the body. HGH is produced by our bodies via the pituitary gland when we either perform intense exercise or get a sufficient amount of deep sleep.

However, most people do not reach the adequate level of physical exertion or deep sleep to produce a sufficient amount of HGH to replenish and rejuvenate their bodies.

The Power of Vasper on Performance:

1. Cooled-liquid vascular compression
2. Core cooling technology
3. Active electrical grounding technology

Turn your non-Bluetooth TV, computer, iPod, stereo, radio, or MP3 player into a Bluetooth machine with these gadgets. Get your bluetooth freedom and get capability at once. These toys will work with the ICOM IC-7300 HF transmitter.

1. TaoTronics 65ft Bluetooth Transmitter Long Range 3.5mm & RCA Wireless Audio Adapter — Broad 65ft / 20m Working Range: Bluetooth transmitter conveniently streams audio to your Bluetooth headphones or speakers at double the distance than similar devices.

2. NAXA Electronics NAM-982 Handheld Wireless Microphone — Enjoy the freedom to move around without a bunch of dangly cords getting in the way or keeping you tethered to one spot.

3. Bluetooth Speakers — What is your go to bluetooth speaker?

Yes you could say that newer digital technologies have improved music listening and I could hardly disagree with you, but I grew up in a time when broadcast radio was all we had. (Remember the little pocket AM radio?) I still value it so and really like tinkering with radio reception. Here’s how my FM radio reception improved dramatically.

First of all all, a good antenna is imperative. More metal, more height, or at least a decent FM yagi is a plus. Location is also very important but not the whole kit and kaboodle.

What is it that took my signal to another level?

Believe it or not it was the 1990’s style of technology: Archer Radio Shack UHF/VHF/FM High-Gain Signal Amplifier 20dB Model 15-1113.This amplifier was made to improve radio signal and boy does it work like a charm. No kidding.

Under the best radio propagation conditions my AM/FM signal quality was nominal. Don’t get me wrong, because I could get a fair to reasonable sound out of my old radio that I dug out of a garbage bin. I do have some decent antennas but wasn’t completely happy with the sound quality. You know the old sizzling, frying pan annoyance?

The Archer signal amplifier even helped with AM radio reception, which kind of surprised me. I am a big fan of AM broadcasting.

However, this amplifier was only average with my police radio scanner on the narrow bands and I don’t know why. With FM broadcast it provided stellar performance.

The greatly improved FM radio reception really stunned me. It must have a broader, stronger bandwidth to drive as a preamp.

I do like to crank the old FM radio machine up occasionally. Give me the golden oldies—60’s,70’s and 80’s—it is all about that bass!

Yahoo! Good day!

The smartphone has become prevalent in today’s culture, but the costs associated with owning one can run a bit excessive for the average person. Most smartphone users will invest $40 or more per month to secure those unlimited talk/text/data plans the leading carriers offer. And let’s not forget the amount you have to fork over to get the phone in the first place!

Not all of us can afford giving a thousand dollars for a face-recognizing iPhone or handing over $60 a month to bait and hook wireless providers. For our prudent minds the solution is simple: buy your smartphone used and pay for your service plan only when you need to.

As for the smartphone itself you can find great deals on used and refurbished iPhones or Android devices from top rated sellers on eBay. Instead of having the latest and greatest phone you could instead opt for a refurbished iPhone 5 or a new Samsung Galaxy S5.

The service plan doesn’t have to be costly either. You can get monthly plans from TracFone starting at only $15 per month or pay $125 for the whole year. And yes you can use an older iPhone or Android device with the Bring Your Own Phone service that TracFone offers.

Used phones and pay as you go plans will save you abundantly in the long run.

“Can you hear me now?”

Any experienced ham operator will tell you—height is everything. If you want to be heard, if you want better ears, if you want respect, height is the goal. Not many of us have the resources for the 100 ft. tower, but maybe you have a tall tree nearby that is sufficient. Get your dipole into the tall tree with this tool.

The AIR BOSS antenna launcher is a way to get the wire in the trees. “The AIR BOSS was designed to launch a light fishing line over trees in order to create temporary antenna for ham radio operators.”

You may need to grab the Shakespeare Alpha Spinning Reel or something similar as an accessory. Usually 25 lb. test line will come with the reel, and the Spiderwire 30 lb line is recommended for the task at hand.

Here’s a link to the 30 lb. line: Spiderwire Braided Stealth Superline.

Be sure to ask around for quality fishing line, because I tried the cheap line and wasn’t impressed with it at all. It will wad up on you and is difficult to cast. Stick with something like the Spiderwire or equivalent quality fishing line.

Also acquire a few 2 oz. egg sinkers.

Here’s a video of the operation of the AirBoss launcher for installing temporary ham radio antenna.The AIR BOSS antenna launcher uses compressed air to launch a 2 oz. lead weight pulling a light fishing line.

“Once the weight is retrieved, the antenna or another line can be fastened to the fishing line and the line retrieved to erect the antenna.”

I can’t wait to get my hands on the AIR BOSS and get it done!

How To Program Baofeng UV5R

New out of the box—one must visit the Idiots Guide to programming your Baofeng UV-5R radio (W7DTG). This guide is useful especially for using repeaters with tones. I’m mostly interested in programming simplex type applications, along with local emergency frequencies.

Sometimes I forget this simple process because I don’t do it very often. I will verify the reset procedure that is mentioned in the guide referenced above.

How To Get Rid Of Unwanted Channel
Do not forget that you must delete a channel in order to replace it. It will not override it by itself. Use Menu 28.

Video Tutorials For Baofeng UV5R Radio

1. Watch this video to get familiar with the process: How to program Baofeng UV5R/UV82 without usb cable… (For programming ham radio repeaters.)

2. Watch this video to learn more: Manually set a Baofeng uv-5rv2+/ Police Scanner/ Ham Radio… (Go to 5:06 for delete instructions.)

Quick Baofeng UV5R Program Guide
1. Go To Frequency Mode — Orange Button
2. Punch in frequency number
3. Menu 25 — Repeater Upshift or downshift, press menu again; then edit.
4. Menu 27, MEM- CH — Press Menu, Receive memory.
5. Menu 28 — Delete Unwanted Channel. Select channel then punch delete again.

FCC: Radio Buoys Operating in the 1.900 to 2.000 kHz Band

[ET Docket No. 15-99]
1. The Commission proposes to amend Section 80.375 of its Rules to make the 1,900 kHz to 2,000 kHz band available to commercial fishing vessels for use by radio buoys on the open sea and to include them in the equipment authorized as part of a ship station license. Authorization allows buoys to transmit on any frequency in the 1,900 kHz to 2,000 kHz band; provided that the transmitter output power does not exceed 10 watts and that the antenna height of the buoy station does not exceed 4.6 meters (15 feet) above sea level.

2. The Commission next proposes rules for the use of SELCAL buoys. Therefore, they also propose to authorize ship stations to transmit selective calling signals on all frequencies in the 1,900 kHz to 2,000 kHz band, provide that transmitter output power does not exceed 10 watts and that the ship station’s antenna height does not exceed 6 meters (20 feet) above the mast of the ship on which it is installed.

3. Finally, the Commission proposes a footnote to the Table of Frequency Allocations (47 C.F.R. §2.106) to restrict radio buoy operations to the open sea “based on the areas where radio buoys appear to be in use” and to “provide greater protection for amateur stations by excluding radio buoys from ‘inland waters’.” The proposed footnote is named NG92.

More Information:
1. (PDF) Radio Buoys Operating in the 1,900 to 2,000 kHz Band (Released April 27, 2015)

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