Welcome to Pell City, Alabama. Starting July 25, 2006, I will not be posting, or even trying to post on a daily basis. PC is a great place, and I don't want to quit altogether. Instead, I'll just try to improve the quality of the site and I'll try to post when I have a good picture or story to tell. Thank you so very much for the encouragement and kind remarks you have given me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.