Monday, June 26, 2006


Still Field Day

Pell City had two conspicuous sites where Field Day activities were held this year. This photo is from Pell City Lakeside Park where the St. Clair Amateur Radio Emergency Service set up. They are not really a club, and they do not charge dues. However, they do volunteer to provide communications when emergencies arise. Field Day is a fun way to practice and to get a little public awareness.

If things look a little slow in this picture, it is because the HF Bands die down in the middle of the day.

Next time you pass through Pell Cty (my QTH), be sure to CQ or call N4FCP on 2 meters.


Sunday, June 25, 2006


Field Day

Saturday was the beginning of Field Day, the annual demonstration of emergency readiness of Radio Amatuers. The 'Hams' here in front of Walmart are members of the Coosa Valley Ham Radio Association. They are using some of the newest digital radios available. They will be operating for up to 24 hours and logging there contacts with other operators.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


Crossing Over

This is the view of Pell City from the Talladega County bank of the Coosa River. From here one can get to Pell City by taking HWY 34 and crossing Stemly Bridge. From what I have been told, the bridge is not quite as old as Lake Logan Martin, which was flooded in the mid 60s. I also heard that this bridge is an improvement over the older road a little to the South. Way back when, the automobile traffic could use the railroad tressle, provided of course the train to the quarry was not coming through.
Thanks to TSB for the tip and BJB for the history.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006



Sunday, June 18, 2006


Not the Momma

Happy Father's Day!

I think the pin is a reference to St. Joseph, carpenter and foster father of Jesus. It looks to me like a hammer and a saw.

When everything around you seems to be going crazy, it is wise to quote St. Joseph.

Thursday, June 15, 2006



This is the Pell City Community Center. It may not look like much from the outside, but there have been some cool things inside. One was a book sale where I bought copies of two of my favorite books One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Fox in Socks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Block Party 9

Oops, I thought I posted all the Block Party photos, except for one that I am saving for later. I forgot to mention all the great food. Here is a picture from the back of one of the restaurant booths. I think these folks are from Gadsden, AL. They are cooking onions and peppers on gas burners, and around front they sell sausage sandwiches. There was also pizza, barbecue, funnel cakes and lots to drink.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Bessie the Wise

Somebody told me, it is not a good time to fish when the cows are laying down. I don't know if that is true, but I need all the help I can get. I wonder if someone could call me when this one stands up.

Saturday, June 10, 2006


Sweet and Free

Blackberries are showing up everywhere. These are a great sweet treat and usually you can find them for free. But if you start walking into the bushes to pick them, watch out for snakes.

Friday, June 09, 2006


Block Party 8

So this is a rock climbing wall, huh. Man I tell you, when I was a kid we had to climb REAL rocks.

And we loved it.

Thursday, June 08, 2006


Block Party 7

The law was also at the block party. Some of them came on some pretty cool rides. By the way, that's a speaker on the side, not a rocket launcher. It is easier to identify from the side view.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


Block Party 6

Apparently there is no law prohibiting political advertising on the front lawn of the St. Clair County Courthouse. Several of these candidates also had individual booths at the block party. The Primary Election was yesterday, so maybe a few of the signs are gone by now.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Block Party 5

It's a long way from Chicago, but that did not keep Elwood and Jake of the Alabama Blues Brothers from making their fifth appearance at the block party. The Brothers wanted you to know that if you missed them in Pell City, you can catch them in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center in New York this September.

Monday, June 05, 2006


Block Party 4

This group of ladies did not seem to mind at all if their booth got a little wet in the rain Friday evening.

Sunday, June 04, 2006


Block Party 3

This is Deputy 5 Band, a regular feature at the Pell City Home Town Block Party. Their fare is down home country music done right. If you ever catch them live, they do requests. By the way, you just might recognize the drummer.

Saturday, June 03, 2006


Block Party 2

The Logan Martin Woodcarvers brought an arry of impressive carvings to the Block Party, along with additional photos and a display of woodworking tools.

Friday, June 02, 2006


Block Party 1

This is the Style Band, the first band we saw at this year's Pell City Home Town Block Party. Notice the plastic over the speakers. This band got an early start despite the rain which came down hard and delayed some of the other stage opennings. They played well too.

Thursday, June 01, 2006


Got Plans?

If you are in the area tomorrow evening, and if you don't have other obligations, I highly recommend the Home Town Block Party.

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