|The two-disc set
| 12/16/06 ||
In the last couple of years, there has been interest in my old video
projects, such as "Behind The Static 2" and "Unbuilt Roads of Long
Island". In January, I responded by creating the "Ryan
Grabow Network: Volume 1" Video CD (I'll get a DVD burner someday, I
promise) and now Volume 2 is available.
is the current list of publicly available VCDs, available for the cost
of burning and shipping:
Ryan Grabow Network: Volume 1 (Video CD)
California Trip (High School)
Goldilocks & the 3 Bears (High School)
Behind the Static (High School)
Joe's Trashbin & others (College)
Magibag - commercial (College)
Unbuilt Roads of Long Island (College)
Traffic: Speed Bumps and Stop Signs (College)
Video Stuff: Episodes 1-6 (egrabow.com)
Ryan Grabow Network: Volume 2 (Super Video
Sliders Compilation (College)
Truman Scene (College)
Behind The Static 2 (Video CD)
10-minute Senior Project version (College)
20-minute: Longer, Creepier, Uncut (egrabow.com)
DX Files: Patchogue, NY (Video CD)
30-minutes of DX clips
Local stations, equipment, stats
Behind the Static
Eventually, an MP3-CD for Randomize aNd Customize will be available.
|Working with the public: Series Finale
| 11/24/06 ||
Thousands of episodes, starting with Wendy's in Patchogue on March 1,
1999. Now with my career looking up and the financial
crunch easing, I think I can safely bid customer service good
Continuing with the TV-series analogy, let's review this epic era of
my working life:
Season 1 (3/1999 - 7/2000): Crew at Wendy's. First real
job. Would you like to Biggie Size that? What do you mean
no? Yeah, same to your mother! (ahhh.. New York)
Used to allowance, my near-minimum-wage salary seemed like
opened floodgates into my savings account. This job was
within lengthy walking distance of my house, and I bought my first car
with the money. With the mission accomplished, I quit
after High School graduation and got some ankle surgery.
After a few weeks of recovery I would pass my driving test and get a
better job before starting college.
Season 2 (8/2000 - 7/2002): Crew at Wendy's. This is getting
Having failed my driving test at first, I returned to Wendy's to
keep money in my wallet during my first days of college... after all,
I had to gas up for a 36-mile commute! The summer after I got my
license, my next escape attempt began. In June 2001, I got a job
handling membership renewals at WLIW, the local PBS station, but it
wasn't production-related or heavy enough on hours to replace Wendy's.
The department I worked in was shut down and I landed a holiday
position at the WIZ, it was also easy on hours and didn't last either.
Season 3 (7/2002 - 5/2004): Shift Supervisor at Wendy's. If I
can't leave, I'll get promoted instead.
I eventually decided that I could be a college student still
working at Wendy's... as long as I was a "manager" there.
More paperwork, less dealing with the public (except that I had to
answer the phone and deal with the irates). The ensuing raise
got me far enough above minimum wage that $$$ stayed in my wallet.
Of course, I wasn't paying back loans yet.
Season 4 (5/2004 - 7/2005): Shift Supervisor at Wendy's. This
is getting old.
This season seemed to be mostly reruns from season 3, most of
the audience stopped watching (I could tell because I was braindead
during work hours).
Now that I had a Bachelor's Degree and was paying back $500 a month
for it... it was time to kiss the public goodbye and get a career job.
It didn't happen.
Sure, I started making money at Love 96, working at station
appearances (huge crowds of people hungry for free stuff), but that
didn't replace Wendy's, either, nor did it result in a steady job at
Mid-Break Clip Show (8/2005): Telemarketing. 'nuff
WBBH/WZVN came in only a week later, my first job with NO
public interaction or sales... what a difference!
Season 5 (7/2006 - 11/2006): Extra income at Office Depot.
Yep. Back to customer service... I didn't think I'd stay
long. Black Friday 2006 ensured this job would go out with
a bang... the very last customer-service-work-day in a very long line.
Sure, junk happens and I may find myself fake-smiling at customers
again, but the odds of it seem low right now. Naturally, web
design calls for a degree of customer service, too.... but a totally
different kind of customer service... that doesn't kill brain cells
and require me to get up at 7am.
|So long, Office Depot!
| 10/30/06 ||
The end of Job #7 is right on the horizon. Job #6... Waterman
Broadcasting... is closing the income/expense gap on its own with a
little help from overtime (OK, very little help from overtime right
now... but A-Team starts in January!). I'm eager to return
to the good 'ol 5am sleep sked, since that's quality internet/MySpace/Google/EG/Wiki
time. 19 days and counting!
| 10/25/06 ||
Since October 1st, I've been monitoring shortwave numbers stations
again. OK, I haven't heard the E5 "CynthIA", just her Cuban sister
(V2) on two daily schedules.
Don't know what numbers stations are?
Think I'm crazy for listening to them? I know I am but what are you?
| 10/23/06 ||
Ahhh... fall. Leaves falling, temperatures cooling... (oh
yeah, this is Florida). Well, it's still that special time of year where I take
the existing look of EGrabow.com, think "Man, I thought that looked good???",
and proceed to totally re-write the laws of EG-Physics. EG2007 will inherit a
lot of design from versions 6 and 6.5. Unfortunately, implementation of 6.5 was
soon followed by fourth job (1= FT Waterman Broadcasting / 2= Office Depot
/ 3= Volunteer @ Church's media dept. / 4= Build websites & fix computers).
My idea of "free time" in August was checking my mail and (maybe) sleeping,
there weren't enough scraps left to smooth out certain problems with 6.5's flash
NAVbar or to update the TIS regularly. Much of that time has
returned at this point, and I look forward to restoring my 5am sleep schedule in
December when Job #2 disappears into my personal history book.
Regardless of how much I'm getting to use version 6.5,
some aspects of it are here to stay. Here's 2007's early drawing board:
Flash Not all it's cracked up to be? We'll see
Flash NAVigation was introduced at the beginning of this
year and expanded in July. While I'm happy with it in many ways so far,
Flash is turning out to be a pain to learn and implement. HTML, VB and
(especially) PHP had learning curves, complete with frustration, and I expected
nothing less from Actionscript. Unfortunately, my progress has been
limited trying to get code into the animations and making it do what I want.
I see great, functional animations on websites all the time... obviously, I
should be able to get over this brick wall. I ordered a book on
Actionscript, since the book I already have doesn't go very far into it.
My success with coding Flash will determine how much or little of it I'll use
FreeFolder.net EG's cash cow?
This is what Office Depot will give way to... except I don't have to get up
at 7am to build websites. Now that "freefolder.net" actually goes to
EG's FreeFolder Page,
advertising will be much easier... I'm not sure what I was smoking two years ago
when I bought the name through Verio, since they apparently didn't offer URL
EG remains a personal site, but FreeFolder will be the business side of it.
The page will include information on my services, screenshots of existing and
previous websites, and contact information.
PHP & MySQL everywhere Maniacal
It worked for the
Audio/Video Component Archive, it'll work for everything else. The
biggest difference users will notice in the dynamic webpages will be the URLs:
egrabow.com/dx/ will be egrabow.com/ram.php?src=DxRadio (though you'll still be
able to simply type in egrabow.com/dx/). Another advantage will be
alternative viewing options, such as the ability to read black text on a white
BG (and easy on the graphics) if you're too lame to appreciate my wicked-cool
25 Years of Ryan G Quarter
century??? Don't I feel old!
A year-long feature resembling the "a look back" section in the back of some
magazine (like the defunct "Video Magazine")
|TermTable Suite project dropped
| 09/14/06 ||
With the second job bringing free time into a fresh (albeit
short-lived) drought, I came to take another look at my long term
goals. I've decided to scale back my on-again-off-again ambitious
- Wake Up! Pro has proven itself useful to myself and others. I
recieve considerable feedback on WUP and it is the most unique of my
programs. I'm keeping plans for v2.5, 2.8, and 3.x alive, only Linux
version 2.2 is being dropped. I've decided to hold off on Linux
completely, despite my agreement with it's idealogy, because it
seems I can't get the OS to work the way I want.
- TermTable will be dropped. MS Outlook and //////////////////
already have powerful scheduling tools.
- BreadMeter will still be supported, although no new versions are
- KeyPrint will still be supported for now. CipherDin, which was
to bring KeyPrint's functions to TermTable's schedules, has been
I'd like to shift my attention to website features, such as the reborn
Audio/Video Component Archive, and to DXing... among other things.
|Free time at it's lowest point since Fall '02, but coming back (slowly)
| 08/21/06 ||
Until last week, my bank account was in agony... I had to put even
food on the credit card to avoid bouncing checks. How
ironic it is that now I have the $$$ to pay my bills on time, but not
the 5 minutes it takes to send the checks! Spare time
hasn't been this low since I was a FT college student with FT and PT
jobs, president of one campus organization, a member of another, and
trying to maintain membership in third.
Office Depot hours are being cut back with it's
store-remodeling-30-hours-per-week grace period coming to an end.
Next month will see some free time coming back.
Ultimately, FreeFolder.net will provide to necessary income to get me
back in front of this computer for more than 20 minutes a week.
|Taking care of business at job #7
| 07/28/06 ||
'06 ended yesterday at a local Office Depot. While I can't
say I'm looking forward to the combined hours (14 hours a day!), being
able to chip away at my credit card balance with rockets rather than
BB shells will be a good moment. Once the credit card is
back in order (3 months???), I can have a savings account for the
first time since 2003. I also plan to start tithing at
For the moment, I have to put off editing "Celebration Under the
Silverdome" on Mondays. EG updates (and pretty much
everything else) move to Tuesday nights.
|Your AVCA fixx... now in one handy database
| 07/21/06 ||
the beginning, the
Component Archive has been a hit. The archive was
built with trend-tracking in mind (like how much the price of CD
players has fallen since 1983, for example) at the model-by-model
level. The most popular use of it, apparently, is looking
up info for current eBay auction items. Users occasionally
toss me some info that's not already up.
Originally a handful of HTML pages, then Excel spreadsheets... the
AVCA is switching to a flexible MySQL database. The
archive has been in-and-out of "hibernation" for 5 years, now it's out
of it for good... but now it needs more than a facelift.
I'm working now to add newer models, pushing past the original
1996/1997-line cutoff still evident on the old
JVC, Yamaha, Panasonic, Pioneer, and
pages. *Sony info is being imported
right now, that "old" page may not be there in a few days.
I hope to have the updated info (including pictures) up in a few
|One for every hour of the day
| 07/09/06 ||
years of Ryan G!
Happy Birthday to Me!
(<- me eating free at Iguana Mia... Yummy!)
|More about TermTable
| 07/09/06 ||
I'm trying not to
steer the ship into the iceberg, here. Of course, any die
hard EG fans out there (pause to hear crickets... you hear someone
in the audience cough) ... ahem... ANY DIE HARD EG FANS OUT THERE
(huge applause) thank you thank you... know that I've been
trying to unite my
under the TermTable
program, a scheduling application designed for recurring tasks.
When I began pursuing it, I looked for existing programs and actually
didn't find anything with good recurring-task functionality.
Last month, I forgot how, I discovered that Microsoft Outlook has what
I was looking for all along. This didn't trip me up too
much, since it's not a free, open-source program, but then I started
running into other programs that can schedule recurring tasks well,
I don't think I'll scrap TermTable, but I may need to step back and
take a fresh approach to it. The program will need unique
features, besides eventually syncing up with
Wake Up! Pro,
and CipherDin. Stay Tuned.
|More from the old QTH v. new QTH file
| 06/28/06 ||
After 11 months
in Fort Myers, FL, this new location is continuing its rampage on
Patchogue's statistics... old Es targets have been caught via Tropo,
and today's KYW and WTKR catches braught us to the flip-side of the
equation... old NY Tropo becomes new FL E-skip! WCBS, a former local,
was logged tentatively last year.
April 3rd's WNPL catch came close to one of Patchogue's records,
but until today they've all remained intact. But today, "Shortest
E-Skip catch" fell to Fort Myers, with WETP clocking in at only 681
miles (Patchogue's record was WBBM at 763 mi.).
Finally, today was the first to have old Es targets logged as new
Es targets: WETP 2*, KOET 3, WSIL 3, KDTN 2*, WKRN 2*, and WCIA 3* (*
= tentative for one or both QTHes). I'm looking forward to more
e-skip, the season just started!
DX Page - Fort Myers
Logs - 1500mile
|Houston... We Have eSkip (or... San Antonio... We Have eSkip)
| 06/16/06 ||
has broken it's silence and sent me some "DX" from "TX" (eer..
"Texas", not "Transmitter"). KIII and KCWX have become the
latest loggings (~1,000 mi.), with KIII's distinctive "3" logo
representing the shortest Es at this QTH so far.
Everything went spanish-language after those two stations, so the path
probably shifted south to Mexico. Had something IDed, or
held a decent signal, Mexico may have become country #4.
The logs and the
map have been
updated, and may this be the start of an intense Es season!
|Will build websites for food
| 06/16/06 ||
This week I
confronted a bill that I can't pay on time. Uh Oh.
Most of us have been in this situation before, most of us would rather
not be. After looking through three months of my financial
history, I determined that Waterman payed the bills just fine and
keeps gas in the Supra well enough, but my paycheck stalls out at the
food store (*caugh* Taco Bell *caugh*), and I haven't even paid for
new hardware, car repairs, or "insurance doesn't cover this" doctor
Sigh, time for a PT job... overtime would cover it, and was slowing
down the process a lot until a couple of months ago.
Naturally, I'd prefer to build more websites. So, any work?
Looks like I'll find out soon. Failing that, there's
always Global Prospects :-P
Need a website, or
just some compu-related work done? Contact Me.
|Happy Ionosphere Day!
| 06/11/06 ||
10 years ago tonight and 1,100 miles from where I'm sitting now... I
was blown out of my mind.
On June 11, 1996, during prime time, I remember, WESH 02 became my
first ever e-skip catch. This event is covered in my "How
I Started DXing" article (DX Page) if you'd like to read up.
The screenshot on the left, BTW, is from 5/4/00 (although I saw
WESH from Patchogue, NY frequently... that was the only time I thought
to tape it!).
This is the first year I'm celebrating Ionosphere Day.
I had tropo catches from 1995 but my recordkeeping was poor then, but
when I noticed that my epic WESH reception was coming up on 10 years,
I knew where my DXing holiday should go! Ionosphere Day
(June 11) joins EG Day (January 1) and Asphalt Day (October 23) as
days when I celebrate DXing, web mastering, and driving.
|TermTable release goes "TBA"
| 05/25/06 ||
application and main app of "TermTable Suite 2006" has been taken off
the board for "stuff I'm gonna release in June." I've
gotten a good deal of work done with it, but public release is still a
long way off. I've lost the mood for programming, for now.
Hey, there's been a lot of progress with the other programs since
August, I guess I'm due for a breather.
I was planning to stop and attend to other projects after releasing
1.0 and the Suite 2006 CD, anyway. The plan is to start
again in September and release the next generation of programs:
TermTable 2.0, Wake Up! Pro 2.5, BreadMeter 2.0, and CipherDin 2.0 by
Spring '07. This may still happen. At any
rate, I'm not dropping the name "TermTable Suite 2006" just yet...
there's still enough 2006 left to get fresh inspiration.
In the meantime, I will be working on belowzerorepairs.com,
freefolder.net, and this website... among other projects (I'm just
busting with 'em ;-)
|Summer is here again
| 05/25/06 ||
yeah, right. I'm already feelin' like summer.
Heat, DX, and (almost) rain every day. Okay, maybe summer
doesn't have the pizzazz it once had when I was out of class and could
chill out for three months, but it remains my favorite season.
Now all I need is for my roommate to turn down the AC, I love heat!
|Logo Gallery maps overhauled
| 05/02/06 ||
To commemorate my return to the DXing scene, I've redesigned the maps
for their 2006 update. Several improvements have been made
to increase legibility, navigate, and allow logos from outside the
continental U.S. (Puerto Rico has already been added).
Offsets are now included on the maps and there are printable versions
in addition to the normal "on-screen" ones.
Channels 2 and 3 are done, 4-6 should be done within a couple of
weeks. 7 will follow sometime this season and Latin
American logos will be added.
Logo Gallery (linked file is no longer available)
|The Last Video Stuff: Life After Uhhh
| 05/02/06 ||
reasons I created "Video Stuff" (originally approached as a
weekly/bi-weekly production) aren't in place anymore. This
would explain why the last ep. was almost a year ago!
Nevertheless, I decided to close out the series with style.
In VS #6 ("Maybe Next Time"), I said that I may have to move to
Florida due to a snail-paced job search. Now that I'm in
Florida and things couldn't be better... it's only appropriate that
the series end on a happy note!!!
Projects come and projects go, this won't be the last video on EG.
Heck, the "Stuff Page" doesn't even exist anymore! When
the next big video-related thing hits here, you know where to look...
EG Home! (this page)
Watch Video Stuff #7 (linked file is no longer available)
(918 KB download)
|Gulf Tropo RULES!!!!!!!!!
| 04/03/06 ||
Furthest Tropo at this QTH...
Broken three times in one night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I nearly fell out of my chair when a weak channel 54 IDed as "UPN New
Orleans"! A mere 102 miles short of my Patchogue, NY Tropo record!
(then throw in WAPT in Jackson, MS (only got enough for a tentative
logging before it completely faded! Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!) Oh
well, more where that came from hahahahaha!
Tr 02 WESH Orlando, FL 167 04/03/06
4/3/06|00:30(p27) New QTH Record
Tr 09 WFTV Orlando, FL 148 04/03/06 4/3/06|00:30(p28)
Tr 13 WMBB Panama City, FL 338 04/03/06 4/3/06|01:00(p31) Another QTH
Tr 27 WRDQ Orlando, FL 129 04/03/06 4/3/06|00:30(p29)
Tr 32 WMOR Lakeland, FL 88 04/03/06 4/3/06|00:30(p30)
Tr 51 WOGX Ocala, FL 194 04/03/06 4/3/06|01:30(p32)
Tr 54 WUPL Slidell, LA 552 04/03/06 4/3/06|02:00(p34) Broken Again!
Tr 55 WBPG Gulf Shores, AL 446 04/03/06 4/3/06|02:30(p35)
Tr 56 WFSG Panama City, FL 360 04/03/06 4/3/06|01:30(p33)
Tr 16 WAPT Jackson, MS 642 - 4/3/06|02:20(t) (t)s only
Tr 21 WTCE West Palm Beach, FL 110 - 4/3/06|00:30(t) (t)s only
|Dropping in on the Mike Chimeri Show
| 03/30/06 ||
This Wednesday, I'll be a guest on the
Mike Chimeri Show on Webradio WCWP. This is part of my short visit to New York this week. The show will be on from Noon to 3pm EST. Call in... if you dare!
Note: This could not be posted on EG SP because the MySpace server won't let me log in from New York! Sheesh.
| 03/14/06 ||
little peer-pressure, I started my own MySpace page (www.myspace.com/egrabow).
In my opinion, top-level-domain tops myspace page anyday, but I'm
giving this a shot. In the spirit of "EG2", I've dubbed
this EGs "Satellite Page" (EG-SP for short), though I'm not sure if
I'll use it in the same way. For the moment, the content
up on it is swiped from this page.
|Four nights, four stations each
| 03/14/06 ||
Since the move,
I've predicted that the 2006 DX season would be my most active in six
years. Well, I think that this year has already claimed
that title... by early March! Granted, premieres (first
time catches with positive IDs) come easy right after a 1,100 mile
move, but Florida is delivering them faster than I would have expected
in another New York climate. In fact, the DX season hasn't
even started yet... DX is typically dead up there, yet I'm already
checking for trops and E-Skip regularly (this is Florida DX now!).
What better (and more coincidental) to start the season than four
new stations on each of four nights!
Tr 23 WLTV Miami, FL 110 01/01/06
Tr 25 WPBF West Palm Beach, FL 99 01/01/06 1/1/06|00:25(p10),
Tr 29 WFLX West Palm Beach, FL 101 01/01/06 1/1/06|00:25(p11),
Tr 34 WTVX West Palm Beach, FL 99 01/01/06 1/1/06|00:25(p12),
Tr 44 WTOG Tampa, FL 90 02/28/06 2/28/06|21:30(p17), 3/4/06|02:00
Tr 50 WFTT Tampa, FL 91 02/28/06 2/28/06|21:30(p15), 3/4/06|02:00(t)
Tr 62 WVEA Tampa, FL 90 02/28/06 2/28/06|21:30(p16), 3/4/06|02:00(t)
Tr 66 WXPX Bradenton, FL 59 02/28/06 2/28/06|23:59(p18),
Tr 07 WSVN Miami, FL 111 03/03/06 3/3/06|00:30(p19), 3/4/06|02:00
Tr 12 WPEC West Palm Beach, FL 103 03/03/06 3/3/06|00:30(p20),
Tr 17 WLRN Miami, FL 111 03/03/06 3/3/06|02:00(p22), 3/4/06|02:00(t)
Tr 39 WBZL Miami, FL 110 03/03/06 3/3/06|00:30(p21), 3/4/06|02:00
Tr 02 WPBT Miami, FL 111 03/04/06 3/4/06|02:00(p23)
Tr 04 WFOR Miami, FL 110 03/04/06 3/4/06|02:00(p24)
Tr 38 WTTA Tampa, FL 91 03/04/06 2/28/06|21:30(t), 3/4/06|02:00(p25)
Tr 51 WSCV Miami, FL 111 03/04/06 3/4/06|02:00(p26)
Aiding me in my quest for TV-band domination is my new antenna: an
old antenna on top of a 10' PVC pipe. This is a simple
first step which will doubtless lead me to a new yagi and telescoping
(still PVC) mast. It's times like this I'm glad my balcony
isn't screened in. So far I've logged almost all of the
full-power stations in Tampa and West Palm Beach, with Miami catching
up. I expect Orlando sometime in the next several weeks,
and points well beyond as the season continues to unfold. In
preparation, I've designed a new
which is up here.
And here's a link to the DX Page.
|Cell Phone long gone, soon the bills will be too...
| 02/24/06 ||
When the Stuff
Page premiered on EG in February 2004, one of my first entries
announced that I finally bought a cell phone. This past
November, I (involuntarily) re-joined the no-cell-phone club, but
decided to keep my old New York number alive since I was just starting
to give out my new landline number here in Florida. My
two-year contract is now up and the phone number will be no more...
not that anyone has called it in two months! On top of
that... Verizon Wireless started charging me an extra $3 a month when
I asked them to prevent outgoing calls (in case some dishonest person
found the phone and started running up the bill), I'm not sure why it
costs the company extra money to stop a phone from using minutes, it
should actually save it money... what'd they do, change a variable
from "True" to "False" in one record in their massive database?
How much server space did that take up? Far,
farrrrrrrrrrrrr less than all the voicemail space I haven't touched,
that $3 charge was bogus.
I will likely get a new cell eventually. But for now,
it doesn't seem to be in the budget. Stupid bills...
|BreadMeter by March 1st?
| 02/24/06 ||
I've spent the
past few weeks getting program #3 ready for launch.
Version BETA 12 is replacing Buxx LE on my own computer ("Buxx" was
the original name for the program). I'm now adding the
finishing touches, shaking out the bugs, and writing the manual.
Hopefully, the first public release will be next week, two weeks at
the latest. BreadMeter version 1.0 will be the third of
four programs in
Suite 2006. Wake Up! Pro will be updated to version
2.1 and TermTable 1.0 will be written in the next two months (this
project will resume after a few smaller projects are done).
|2006: A new dawn
| 01/16/06 ||
I intend to make
this a very active year. I've almost cleaned up the messes
from 2004/2005 and now want to make up the time.
First things first... EG2006 isn't done yet. I've begun
using Flash for navigation, and that top menu needs to be souped up
(doesn't it look like it was designed to have more features?), a
similar NAVbar will also be placed on EG Main (where the top bar
doesn't appear). Besides Flash, I will also be
transitioning to Dreamweaver (finally!!) and expand my efforts to use
clean HTML on my pages. I'm also planning to launch
FreeFolder.net in June. The
Component Archive will become a MySQL database with PHP pages,
where users can enter information about vintage (?) electronics.
Wake Up! Pro
will enjoy a version 2.1 release, but not before BreadMeter 1.0 and
likely not before TermTable 1.0 (after these, work will stop until
fall). Finally, in spite of my non-yagi antenna, this
should be my most active DX year since 2000. I may even
break all of Patchogue's old records!