Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Age Old Question - How Old Is Earth

This post is meant as a follow-up to my previous post.


The following excerpt was written by Greg Neyman in 2005 and I could not have said it any better.


"If God's creation was billions of years old, how would He have written the creation account in Genesis?  One thing is certain...God is good at telling us exactly what we need to know.


     When God refers to a large number, He uses picture stories, such as Abraham's descendants being as numerous as the sand.  Why does He do this?  If God had said, "You will have millions of descendants," Abraham would have asked, "What is a million?" 


     When considering the creation, if we broke it down into days, that would be 5,000,500,000,000 days, or roughly 13.7 billion years.  Do we need an account for each day of creation...of course not.  God in His infinite wisdom, saw fit to tell us the creation story by breaking it down into creative segments, each of which was attributed to a specific creative act or acts.  We need to give the early Hebrews of Genesis a break...they didn't have calculators like we do!


     One must also consider that time with God has no meaning.  To Him, 10 billion years is like a day.  Thus, it is no problem for God to put billions of years into one of His days.  Dr. Hugh Ross puts it best in his determination that the frame of reference for creation is the surface of the earth.  Genesis 1:2 puts the witness of creation on the surface.  But who is witnessing these events?  It is God himself.  During the first 5.99 days of creation, God is the only one present.  Thus, human time does not matter...no humans were there to witness the passage of time.   What matters is how God sees time!  Thus, a billion year day is only a passing moment in God's eyes.


     The creation account is written in such a manner for all people to understand it.  The issue is not how long creation took...the issue is that God did it, and that's all that matters in the end."


Did the English translators do us a disservice?  The divine revelation was given to the Hebrews - the translators merely translated as best they could.   In the end we have to use reason to make the distinction.  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

In Defense of the Faith - Genesis As The Atheists Stumbling Block


Apologetics (from Greek ἀπολογία, "speaking in defense") is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of information. Early Christian writers (c. 120–220) who defended their faith against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called apologists.[1] In modern usage the term 'apologetics' is largely identified with debates over religion and theology in the USA and is rarely heard in the UK (although the related word 'apologist' is used in British English).   Reference - Wikipedia

The blog title has been changed to "With Mine Own Eyes" because my defense of my position is based on my perspective and understanding.   The reference to John 20 is intended to show the dichotomy between those who believe with limited empirical evidence against those who demand unassailable empirical validation.  The current understanding of "young earth creationists" is that the universe is "young" based largely on the literal 24 hour day of the English translation of the Hebrew Old Testament stating that all creation including that of man took place over a span of 6-24 hour days.   The word used in Hebrew is the word "Yom".   The word "Yom" usage in Hebrew spans many meanings and not just that of a 24 hour period of time.  It is important to know that because Hebrew vocabulary is limited to only 8700 words and English - a half million, understanding the Hebrew needs to depend on context.   Here are several examples of the uses of "Yom" as described by Hebrew scholar Greg Neyman in 2005.    The following are excerpts from his web article.  http://www.oldearth.org/word_study_yom.htm

"Yom" as Time

 

     It is interesting to note that in 67 verses in the Old Testament, the word Yom is translated into the English word "time."  For instance,  in Genesis 4:3, it says "And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord."  In this instance, Yom refers to a growing season, probably several months.  Again, in Deuteronomy 10:10, it refers to a "time" equal to forty days.  In I Kings 11:42, it says "And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years."  In this case, Yom translated as the word "time" is equivalent to a 40 year period.

     In Isaiah 30:8, it says "Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever."  In this case, Yom is equal to "forever."  How long is forever?  An infinite number of years...billions upon billions upon billons of years.  If Yom can equal trillions of years here, then why not billions of years in Genesis? 


"Yom" as Year

 

     Four times in the Old Testament Yom is translated "year."  In I Kings 1:1, "David was old and stricken in years..."  In 2 Chronicles 21:19, "after the end of two years" and in the very next verse "Thirty and two years old."  Finally, in Amos 4:4, "...and your tithes after threeyears."  In each case, Yom represents years, not days.


"Yom" as Age

 

     Eight times in the Old Testament Yom is translated "age."   These range from sentences like "stricken in age,"  meaning old age (Genesis 18:11 and 24:1; Joshua 23:1 and 23:2), and other times it says "old age" (Genesis 21:2, Genesis 21:7).  Genesis 47:28 refers to "the whole age of Jacob," therefore yom here refers to an entire lifetime.  In Zechariah 8:4, it says old men and women will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, "each with cane in hand because of his age."

     

"Yom" as Always

 

     Four times yom is translated as "always," in Deuteronomy 5:29, 6:24, 14:23, and in 2 Chronicles 18:7.  Always here can be interpreted as a lifetime...for instance, we are to keep the commandments of the Lord always (Deut. 5:29).

 

"Yom" as Season

 

     Three times yom is translated "season."  In Genesis 40:4, "...and they continued a season in ward."  Again, in Joshua 24:7, "dwelt in the wilderness a long season," and in 2 Chronicles 15:3, "...a long season Israel hath been...".  In each case yom represents a multi-month period.


"Yom" as Ever

 

     Ever is used to represent a long period of time, such as in Deuteronomy 19:9, "to walk everin his ways."  Nineteen times Yom is translated "ever."  The old testament uses "for ever" instead of the word forever.  In sixteen cases of use of the word ever, for is placed before it, indicating a infinite period of time.  I will not list them all (consult Strong's Concordance for a full listing) but here is an example.  In Psalm 23:6, it says "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."  Here Yom is translated as the final word of this verse, ever.  Thus, Yom in this verse, and 16 others, represents eternity.

 

"Yom" as Evermore

 

    In one instance, when yom is used in conjunction with kôwl, Yom is translated "evermore."  Deuteronomy 28:29, "...and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore;" thus representing either a lifetime or eternity.

 

"Yom" Usage in the Old Testament

 

     As you can see, Yom is used in a wide variety of situations related to the concept of time.  Yom is not just for days...it is for time in general.  How it is translated depends on the context of its use with other words.



"Yom" in the Creation Account

      Even within the creation account, Yom is used to represent four different time periods.  

  1. Genesis 1:5  "And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night."  Here, Moses uses Yom to indicate a 12-hour period
  2. Genesis 1:14  "And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years."  Here, Moses uses Yom to indicate 24-hour days
  3. Genesis 2:4  "...in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens."  Here, Moses uses Yom to indicate the entire creative week.

     The fourth usage of Yom in the creation account is in the summary for each of the six creation days, "and there was morning and evening the first day". Yom is used to represent a finite, long period of time, 

The question is have the "Young Earth Creationists" taken the 6 literal days to NOT align themselves with the evolutionists, even though the current scientific understanding of nature is that of the age of the universe is much closer to billions of years as opposed to 6000 years?

The skeptics have assailed the young earth view as being preposterous which then keeps them from believing the more important tenets of the Christian faith - that Jesus Christ existed, that he died a substitutionary criminal's death to allow those who believe His work to have fellowship with God.   An old earth view is not necessarily at odds with Scripture after all.   Will I break fellowship with a "young earth" believer? By no means.  I will defend my position, in a nice and loving way.






Wait A Minute - I Thought This Was About Amateur Radio

Yes it still is about amateur radio - but not all the time.  Yes - and from time to time I will post discussions related to amateur radio.  But amateur radio is not my sole passion nor is it the most important pursuit of my life.  Amateur radio and the science related to it is fascinating but very important to me is the ability to convince skeptics into a world view, a perspective that is shaped in the pursuit of truth as supported by the "scriptures".   The one premise that I hold to is that the writings written by the ancient Jews in the Hebrew language, that is Moses et al, and the writings by the eyewitnesses who lived in the time of Jesus, which was in the Greek language are inherently inerrant and a revelation of truth.   I choose words carefully because words have meaning but care must be taken in the context and the true meaning of the words used.    How we see the world and how we interact with it is shaped by our understanding of it.   So sufficient for now is to let my readers  know that there is a "changing of the guard" on the nature of my posts.   For those readers who anticipate amateur radio related content - do not despair there will be sprinklings of it along the way.  Until next time.

CY9C Saint Paul Island DXpedition #296 All Time New One

August 22
80m 3523 CW 09:46 UTC
30m 10114 CW 02:45 UTC

August 21
160m 1820 - 500w 01:34 UTC

August 20
20m 14014.5 - CW - One Call 13:14 UTC
17m 18077 - CW- 14:00 UTC

With the distance a mere 1400 plus miles, it is a lot like shooting fish in a barrel even with many callers.   A little bit of listening pays off to identify where in the bandpass the DX operator is listening.   I hear a lot of callers calling randomnly.  This is how I am able to make a contact with one or two calls.


August 19 Update:
The operators have landed on the island with very limited equipment.  The radio gear transport has been delayed by heavy rain, rough seas and thunderstorms.  VFR conditions not currently present to fly into either operating site via helicopter.  Rough seas are preventing the landing of two boats to unload gear.

Friday, August 19, 2016

All Time New One #295 Franz Josef Land

Latest Update:  Eugeny (UA4RX) is now back in Russia and his log has been uploaded to Clublog.  Eugeny has very good ears and even my first 30m contact (prior to the insurance contact) has been logged.  Thank you Eugeny for an all time new one.  Victor UA2FM is his QSL manager and promises to answer QSL requests within a week of receipt.  No amateur radio activity from FJL is expected over  the next twelve months.

Original post: RI1FJ has been lurking out there for the past few days but has been very elusive.  He is usually spotted by Russians and Northern Europeans.  He seems to get into Japan quite often and occasionally VK land.  I have never seen him spotted by a US station.  This morning I saw him spotted by a French station and decided to go for a listen.  He was very very weak but he was there calling CQ on my 30m loop. I sent out my call sign several times and heard the familiar AGN.  I sent my call a few more times and heard him say NY4G NY4G 559 559 TU 73.  I then sent him TU DE NY4G 5NN 5NN TU 73 and I heard him come back CFM 73.  This should be the one for the book.


Contacts:
6/29/2016 10102 CW 10:25
7/11/2016 14004 CW 22:23 coming in like gang busters into the east coast -one call
7/21/2016 18091 CW 15:09 loud into the east coast

Up next:
CY9C Saint Paul - August 19-29, 2016
A52ARJ, A52LS, A52EQW, A52AEF Bhutan August 22-27 running barefoot to a Hex
VP6J Pitcairn Islands - August 25-Sept 3, 2016
YX0V Aves Island - August 31- Sept 10, 2016
VP6AH Pitcairn - September 2016
H44GC Solomon Islands  - September 2016
H44COW October 18-21, 2016
4U1UN United Nations HQ - October 2016
XU7MDC Cambodia - November 2016
TL8AO Central African Republic - November 2016

All Time New One #295 Franz Josef Land

Latest Update:  Eugeny (UA4RX) is now back in Russia and his log has been uploaded to Clublog.  Eugeny has very good ears and even my first 30m contact (prior to the insurance contact) has been logged.  Thank you Eugeny for an all time new one.  Victor UA2FM is his QSL manager and promises to answer QSL requests within a week of receipt.  No amateur radio activity from FJL is expected over  the next twelve months.

Original post: RI1FJ has been lurking out there for the past few days but has been very elusive.  He is usually spotted by Russians and Northern Europeans.  He seems to get into Japan quite often and occasionally VK land.  I have never seen him spotted by a US station.  This morning I saw him spotted by a French station and decided to go for a listen.  He was very very weak but he was there calling CQ on my 30m loop. I sent out my call sign several times and heard the familiar AGN.  I sent my call a few more times and heard him say NY4G NY4G 559 559 TU 73.  I then sent him TU DE NY4G 5NN 5NN TU 73 and I heard him come back CFM 73.  This should be the one for the book.


Contacts:
6/29/2016 10102 CW 10:25
7/11/2016 14004 CW 22:23 coming in like gang busters into the east coast -one call
7/21/2016 18091 CW 15:09 loud into the east coast

Up next:
CY9C Saint Paul - August 19-29, 2016
A52ARJ, A52LS, A52EQW, A52AEF Bhutan August 22-27 running barefoot to a Hex
VP6J Pitcairn Islands - August 25-Sept 3, 2016
YX0V Aves Island - August 31- Sept 10, 2016
VP6AH Pitcairn - September 2016
H44GC Solomon Islands  - September 2016
H44COW October 18-21, 2016
4U1UN United Nations HQ - October 2016
XU7MDC Cambodia - November 2016
TL8AO Central African Republic - November 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

K2L Plaques Arrived


The K2L plaques for winning top state arrived.  Mine also arrived   My teammate Bill N4IQ's plaque is shown next to mine.  The rest of the team's plaques have also arrived.   


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

YV0 Aves Island - YX0V to be activated

Aves Island -#17 on the most wanted list was just announced - activation August 31 to September 10.  More details to come soon

QSL Route W4DTA/YV5DTA

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

SC Wins Top State in 13 Colonies - By The Skin of Our a Teeth

Breakdown by SC Op

Paul NN4F 3985 (Team Leader)
Frank KG4IGC 2610
Bill N4IQ 2082
Brian KI4LXH 1610
Ariel NY4G 1505
Doug K4DMR 1285
Tom W1TEF 415
Loyd W4LVH 315
Total 18311

Great team effort by the K2L team despite setbacks: Paul losing power, Paul losing computer and logged on paper, Doug operating only 2 days because of work schedule, bad PL259 when I tried to work portable from my mom's house.   Brian, Frank and I pushed on to the last hour on midnight the 6th of July.  Bill did a great job on CW operating SO2R. Doug made close to 1300 Qs in just a few hours of operating.  Band conditions were not ideal.  Paul had a great first few days doing a 300 per hour rate for 2 straight hours for 600 Qs. Tom and Loyd contributed what they can.  All of our individual scores mattered this time.  Every ops contribution was valuable.  

By States:                                              AWARDS

1.)K2L/SC-13811 (-1840)                  TOP STATE: K2L/SC-13,811
2.)K2J/NC-13645 (+1643)                  TOP QRP: W4QO/K2G/GA-379
3.)K2M/PA-12418 (+2737)                 TOP CLUB: N1FD/K2K/NH-9719
4.)K2G/GA-11375 (+2215)                 TOP CW: AA3B/K2M/PA-5934
5.)K2D/CT-11028 (+1340)                 TOP HF LOW PWR: N3ZV/K2B/VA-6990
6.)K2E/DE-10,889 (+2616)                TOP HF HIGH POWER: N4PN/K2G/GA-4837
7.)K2A/NY-10,677 (+3221)
8.)K2F/MD-9957 (+7)
9.)K2K/NH-9719 (-573)
10)K2H/MA-9499 (+1619)
11)K2I/NJ-9433 (+840)
12)K2B/VA-9146 (-368)
13)K2C/RI-8173 (+19)

****GRAND TOTAL-139,772. (+13,476)****(2015 was 126,296)


GB13COL-3109 (-1035)
WM3PEN-6471 (+930)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2016 Field Day


Rusty and Dave K4SV have the final say on this but by my reckoning - we are in the neighborhood of 7720 points

941 +169* (CW Q's) = 2220 points
1022 + 8* (PH Q's) = 1030 points
*GOTA QSOs
Power Multiplier (less than 150W) is 2 so 3250 * 2 = 6500 points

100% Emergency Power (NC4SC batteries plus K4SV generator) = 100 points
Media Publicity (WU2T getting on the Bobby Mac show) = 100 points
W1AW Field Day Message ! (AG3R) = 100 Points
Natural Power (at least 5 QSOs from the GOTA station had solar) = 100 points
Site Visit By Elected Official (Tim Greaves) = 100 points
GOTA Bonus Points = 260 points (100 points + 160 points for GOTA QSO)
Double GOTA Bonus for having a full time GOTA coach 260 points

If we submit our score  using b4b.net = 100 points
Social Media Bonus - Facebook Page = 100 points

Total Bonus Points = 1220

Total Points = 6500 + 1220 = 7720 points

Our antennas



A trailer mounted tribander and two monoband dipoles for 80 and 40m


A Hexbeam for 20-15-10m and a GOTA (Get On The Air) station running on batteries and a solar panel and a dedicated CrankIR.


George W4BUW and Paul W4FC


Dave Edmonds WN4AFP


Me in the GOTA tent with guest Diana


Cranking up the Tribander


The main operating stations running two K3s



Captain Rusty explaining amateur radio



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

XX9TGM #294 In the Log

XX9TGM Macao On 06/21/2016 on 10110 kC 30m Band CW at 1318 UTC.  This has now been confirmed in the DXpedition log in Clublog



Up next:

CY9C Saint Paul - August 2016
VP6AH Pitcairn - September 2016
H44GC Solomon Islands  - September 2016
4U1UN United Nations HQ - October 2016
XU7MDC Cambodia - November 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ten New Countries QRP

#146 UA2F Kaliningrad on 20m CW 5/28/16 11:48
#147 MJ5Z Jersey on 20m CW 5/28/16 16:52
#148 XR0YS Easter Island on 5/30/16 20m CW 02:07
#149 VP2V/K6TOP British Virgin Islands on 30m CW on 6/6/16 11:03
#150 R85WTA Asiatic Russia on 20m CW on 6/9/16 at 23:38
#151 A93JA Bahrain 20m CW on 6/9/2016 at 02:37
#152 JW/M0UNN Svalbard on 20m CW on 6/11/2016 01:18
#153 9K2HN Kuwait on 20m CW on 6/18/2016 at 22:43
#154 7Z1SJ Saudi Arabia on 20m CW on  6/19/2016 at 01:45
#155 UN9L Kazakhstan on 20m CW on 6/19 at 01:50

Wow - propagation was booming on June 19 during the All Asia Contest.  Below is a video recording the exchange with 7Z1SJ - Saudi Arabian Station





Friday, June 17, 2016

KAT100 for the K2 is complete

So surprised this went off without a hitch.  It took a few days to build.  Really nice integration with the K2/100.   Tunes quite fast without a lot of fuss.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Quest for #300 Continues - Libya 5A1AL in the Log for #293

Spratly 9M0Z recently confirmed in LOTW for #292

Then came Libyan station 5A1AL operated by Abubaker Assid. I saw him spotted on 6/10/16 at around 0230 UTC working a bunch of North American but was very weak.  I don't know how much power the others were running - but speed necessitated my use of the instant on amp and it was maxed out at 500W.  Abubaker gave me a 559 signal report and I am now awaiting his QSL for #293

JA0JHQ Nobu will be in Nepl as 9N7NH from June 16 to June 20 taking a TS480HX running 100 watts tosmall vertical on the low bands  and a delta loop or yagi for the high bands and plans to be on 40m, 30m, 20, 17, 15, and 6m

XX9TGM from Macau will be June 20-27 by PG5M.  He says it is difficult 
to find a good QTH.  Some previous expeditions have had trouble, with 
locations surrounded by mountains except toward the south, and heavy 
local QRM.  To hopefully avoid those issues, XX9TGM will be from the 
more expensive Grand Coloane Resort, which is likely a better radio 
QTH.  Antenna installation options won't be known until arrival, but 
it will probably be a vertical wire with 1:4:9 balun.  The radio will 
be a K3, 40-10 meters, and the plan is to operate the WARC-79 bands, 
CW only, though he may also try 80 meters.  QSL to his home QTH direct 
or through the OQRS system.  There will be online log search on the 
Club Log site:  http://dx.to/dxp

The following expeditions are still scheduled for 2016 so with any luck 300 DXCC is still doable.

CY9C Saint Paul - August 2016
VP6AH Pitcairn - September 2016
H44GC Solomon Islands  - September 2016
4U1UN United Nations HQ - October 2016
XU7MDC Cambodia - November 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Looking Forward to 13 Colonies Operations

Publishing an email by Ken Villone KU2US congratulating all for a great 2015 event despite poor conditions

WE KILLED LAST YEAR BY +17,438 QSO'S!         TOTAL QSO'S FOR 2015 IS 126,296!

GREAT job By all! Here is a state by state breakdown and the award winners:

STATE CHAMPS:   K2L/South Carolina 15651
HF HIGH POWER: AB1OC K2K/NH   6873  Fred Kemmerer
HF LOW POWER: N4YDU K2J/NC     5402  Nate Moreschi
HF LOW POWER:  KD4MR K2L/SC  4140   Doug Ricafrente
QRP (.05-10W):   W4QO K2G/GA  1034   Jim Stafford
CLUB UNLIMITED: K3MJW K2M/PA  6213    Skyview Radio Society
K2A/NY  7456 (+2410)  
K2B/VA  9514 (+2798)     
K2C/RI   8154 (+1262) 
K2D/CT  9688 (+1185)              
K2E/DE  8273 (+719)                       
K2F/MD  9952 (+1286)
K2G/GA  9160 (+795)                        
K2H/MA  7880 (+799)                     
K2I/NJ    8593 (+2399)
K2J/NC 12002 (+1910)                       State #1-K2L/SC
K2K/NH 10292 (+1271)                               #2-K2J/NC
K2L/SC  15651 (-1488)                               #3-K2K/NH
K2M/PA   9681 (+2082)                               #4-K2F/MD
WM3PEN BONUS STATION:  5541
GB13COL:  No Data yet!

Great job by everyone! I was SO suprised, I treated my self to McDonalds!
Who would ever guess that we did so well based on the conditions and solar flares!
Next year (2016) We will add another award for Just CW/Unlimited because there was a lot
of CW activity. My keyer broke and had to run with an old military straight Key-Terrible!

Please be patient for the awards, It take time to order and ship.

Best 73' and congratulations to all! Every year we get Bigger!

ken Villone
KU2US
Event Manager

The slate of operators for SC K2L for 2016 are somewhat up in the air because we lost 3 operators - one due to a stroke.  We have to backfill theses spots.  The other states are gunning for us - NY has 12 ops now 

NN4F - Paul - Leader 
K4DMR - Doug SSB (2 days only)
KG4IGC - Frank SSB
KI4LXH - Brian SSB
NY4G - Ariel CW
N4IQ - Bill CW