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About Ken

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  • Birthday 12/25/1959

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    Medfield, MA
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    Skiing, Ski Instruction, Gardening with native plants, Kayaking both sea and flatwater.

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  1. Ouch. I totally don't blame you for skipping on that. (I'm eight months too young for the $10 lifetime pass but will get one next year. Even I used to go to Laka Cochituate or Walden once a year, it would then be worth it.)
  2. It really bummed me out to miss the first paddle of the season but I passed on the cold weather paddle this last weekend as I'm recovering from a torn ligament in one hand. I didn't want to find out after paddling three miles that it hurt too much to paddle back three miles. But I feel like I'm getting to the point where I could "paddle around" a bit, just not to/from anywhere as I suspect, when I'm done, I'm done, and don't want to push it. So I'm curious if anyone is planning any practice sessions like at Walden. -Ken
  3. Peddocks is likely the most civilized. You can even rent a yurt with electricity.
  4. It's definitely illegal to sell jammers in the USA. It's pretty much illegal sell or operate a device to transmit any radio signal except from an FFC approved (Part-15) device or unless you have an appropriate license for the class of transmitter such as an amateur (ham) radio license. For some devices, it's even more the manufacturer than the operator that the FCC will come after if the device appears legal but can transmit a signal that's not permitted. I do some radio control hobby stuff with FPV video gear and have read reports of some manufacturers getting fined by the FCC because their transmitters haven't properly disabled some channels that aren't available for us in the USA. There are about 40 channels but not all of them are legal for use and some require a ham license. The more legit manufacturers disable those channels and have some sort of setup you have to go through to turn them back on and the instructions say not to turn them on without a ham license. I do kinda laugh when I see ads for jammers. I get email flyers from Banggood (like a cheap Chinese amazon.com) every week as I've purchased electronic hobbyist stuff from them a bunch. The have this thing for $9.99 that's called a "cigarette lighter power supply" but has a GPS signal jammer attached and the is described in the fine print. You could order it from China. It would be illegal to sell in the USA and of course wicked illegal to operate in the USA. -Ken (KB1YMZ)
  5. A friend upgraded from a rec kayak to a sea kayak and now his 240cm paddle is waaaay toooo lonnnnnnng. If anyone in the Portland ME area has a 210cm paddle for sale, I can put you in touch. I think he works in Wells so might be willing to travel a bit further south. -Ken
  6. https://www.facebook.com/events/1702828193215782/ I've haven't had much to do this summer but watch webinars about plants. I haven't been to one by the Shoals Marine Laboratory yet but saw this one pop up. I thought it might be interesting to anyone who wants to know more about the environment they're paddling by. -K
  7. If only I hadn't trashed my quads and could sit in my boat for more than an hour. 😞 Nothing to do now except train train train, do one hour on the weekend on the river, and hope I'm in better shape for next season. -K
  8. https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/09/23/maine-coronavirus-c-ovid-19-travel-restrictions-massachusetts/
  9. I can't find a post listing it. Can you provide a link or reply with description of condition and price. -Ken
  10. A friend of my upgraded from a rec kayak to a sea kayak and his 240cm paddle is waaaaaay too long. He's looking for a 210cm of about a Shuna quality plus or minus depending on price. He is in the Portland, ME area. If anyone has something that may fit the bill for sale, feel free to send me info and I'll forward it along. -Ken
  11. Gary, Thanks for leading last year at Stonington. That was great. Unfortunately, I won't be able to do a multi-day trip this summer, sore hip flexors. -Ken
  12. Hip flexors bothering me so I haven't been out since early July. Kinda a drag when I have plenty of time this summer, missing the Wednesday trips and the weekend skills sessions. Maybe a few weeks of PT and I'll be able to get back in a boat. -Ken Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time tozz get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.
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