09 August 2010 | Port Angeles, WA
30 July 2010 | Port Angeles, WA - still
24 July 2010 | Port Angeles, WA
22 July 2010 | Port Angeles, WA
17 July 2010 | Port angeles, WA
16 July 2010 | Port Angeles, WA
13 July 2010 | Port Angeles, Wa
11 July 2010 | Port Angeles, Wa
10 July 2010 | Port Angeles, WA
10 July 2010 | Port Angeles, WA
08 July 2010 | Port Angeles, Wa (duh)
07 July 2010 | Victoria Harbor
05 July 2010 | Victoria B.C.
03 July 2010 | Roche Harbor San Juan Islands
30 June 2010 | Bedwell Harbor Poet's Cove Resort
28 June 2010 | MBVIBC
27 June 2010 | Maple Bay (still) but headed up to Chemanis
25 June 2010 | Maple Bay

HF radio checked out!

19 January 2010 | Ray Here...
Couldn't resist this picture...it helps remind me what we are all about...of course reality is never quite as good but we do have our dreams!

Okay, so finally after months of trying, we got our HF radio working! Our super-star radio (a older model Kenwood TS440 full on ham set) has been on the boat since we purchased it but we couldn't get it to work. I finally figured out that, as a last resort, I would have to follow the directions...HA!... Anyway, I hooked it up over the weekend and after lots of fiddling and re-connecting, it pulled down pretty good....which means I could listen to a lot of places world wide. I also know it's transmitting but we can't do a radio check yet as we're working on getting out licenses and you need a license to talk to people on it. On the good side, we now should have full HAM capability, which includes, both Upper and Lower Side Bands, for world-wide communications. Theoretically, we should be able to communicate, one way or the other, about anywhere we go. This also means we can make phone calls using the ham/SSB and get our weather through the satellite weather fax system.
not everything is hooked up yet but we're getting there.

In the meantime, both Sandy and I are studying for our HAM exams (scheduled for March the 6th)... Sandy is also studying celestial navigation (as a backup to our GPS), and I am studying Spanish on line. (Right now I'm up to nacho and burrito...it's bad when you have to practice your spanish ordering from Taco Bell!).

The major irritation I have right now is that it's still winter and I'm a warm weather-wimp. I won't go outside to fix stuff if it's even a little cold. I don't go outside to work on stuff when it's anything other than 60 plus degrees, (and of course calm and no rain...I also prefer less than 50% humidity but I'll let that swing for now). So naturally, it appears that every project I have, is stacked up because of the weather issue. (I'm like an old dog that doesn't want to go outside to go to the bathroom or bark at cars...much better to lay up in front to the fireplace...if we had one.

Wow! (changing topics for bit)...but...bright red sunrise this morning!...not a good thing for sailor people though when you go with the jingle "Red sun in the morning sailor take warning" the one good thing about it is...unless it's going to freeze or blizzard, it can't get any worse than the last few days...wind-rain, wind-rain...come on springtime!
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Vessel Name: Pure Joy
Vessel Make/Model: Islander Freeport 41
Hailing Port: Seattle, Washington USA
Crew: Co-Captains Ray and Sandy
About:
Retired July '09. This is our second sailboat together. Before, Sandy had a Morgan '38 which she sailed from Port Angeles around Puget Sound. Sandy has motored to Mexico in the 70's...and lived and worked on her own boat for 3 years in Alaska. [...]
Extra: We are happy to report we are actually doing exactly what we really really really really really want to do...(short of winning the lottery of couse :)...in any case...it's PURE JOY! HF Contact: KF7IDH
Pure Joy's Photos - Main
Pictures upon arrival in Port Angeles
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Created 8 July 2010
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Created 7 July 2010
3 Photos
Created 21 June 2010
Finally getting pictures and albums started...apologize for the delay.
5 Photos
Created 14 June 2010
1 Photo | 1 Sub-Album
Created 31 May 2009

Sailing the Dream

Who: Co-Captains Ray and Sandy
Port: Seattle, Washington USA