Traverse City Podcast is Live!


The Traverse City Podcast is live!

Check it out at

It’s a new show all about what is going on in Traverse City. It’s for Visitors, Locals, snowbirds and anyone who wants to keep up with what is happening around NorthWestern Michigan.

The official launch day will be May 22nd, 2015 but I’ve been doing some “Test” shows. The first of those went up today.

Please, let me know what you think of the website design or anything else.

10 years of Podcasting


Last night I put out a podcast ( where I talked about my 10 years in podcasting and the changes I’ve made to the way I do things, the different shows I’ve done and all that great history. As near as I can tell, I started somewhere around the 15th of April, 2005 with the Benzoid Report Podcast (from Lake Ann, MI in Benzie County). I have lost the first 35 episodes of that show so I’m not exactly sure. If you find Benzoid Report #1 out there somewhere, please send me a copy or send me a link.

I will be at the New Media Expo and NABShow in Vegas next week and plan on using my personal blog ( for updates. Check back at my personal blog for reports or better yet, subscribe in an RSS reader for updates to be pushed to you. The RSS address is

More updates as I go..

Bad Day For an F-15 Pilot caught on “film” by his Wingman

In spite of the calm language, this must have been a heart- stopper for the pilot.
His Wingman took these photos..!!


There I was, Just Flying along, enjoying the flight at 20,000 ft, minding My Own Business

And What’s so cool is they actually pay me to do this!


What’s that strange sound? Something feels different here!


Hey, Why am I looking up. ?


Whoa there. What the hell??? The Controls aren’t working!!!


Time for a mirror check…
Hey, Where’s the rest of my F-15. ?

ATT00057Uh oh, it’s over there…

I think I’ve got a definite’…….
Aw, sh*t. ‘
What the Hell is going on here? I gotta wonder, am I the first guy to ever experience a ”Cockpit – Airframe separation anxiety attack,” ? ?


OK, Enough is Enough, !…I’m outta’ here,!
But first, the canopy has to go.

Phew….. At least that’s now out of the way..


Got it.. I’m gone. !!!!!!
This ‘incident’ caused the USAF to ground its entire fleet of F-15’s.
How about the guy who took these pictures. ?

Just when it looks like it’s going to be just another “average day at the office,” …
What caused the mid-air break up?
The main “longeron” (stringer) behind the cockpit failed due to corrosion.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time (the Photographer)…
or the wrong place at the wrong time (the Pilot)…..

MDW-210 – Radio Sucks, but I’m on it!

Omelette on WKLT

Me Bitching about Broadcast media :) (


Cold here in Traverse City!!

Ham Radio Podclass – Reposted


Work Going to Vegas!

Too many jobs.


Podcast Starters
Mike Rants

Today’s featured music was from Hot Buttered Rum – CD LIMBS AKIMBO

Honkytonk Tequila
Great many Things
Desert Rat

Experimenting with WordPress 2014 Theme Customizations.

You will notice that I’m playing with the look and feel of this website.

I’m a firm believer that simple is better. BUT simple doesn’t have to boring.

So, unless I say otherwise, whatever you see here is still using the stock 2014 theme. I have been playing with some plugins that let me change the colors and a few other minor things, but for the most part, this site is still “stock” 2014.

Be sure to check back to see what crazy crap I come up with :)

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit – First day of the Month

“Rabbit rabbit rabbit” is one variant of a common British superstition which states that a person should say or repeat the word “rabbit” or “rabbits”, or “white rabbits”, or some combination of these elements, out loud upon waking (or first moment) on the first day of the month, because doing so will ensure good luck for the duration of that month.

Happy February First!

I have a new Ham Radio Call Sign – K8LMJ

k8lmj-1Since 1987 I’ve held the call sign N7LMJ. I got my license in Idaho so therefore it had the “7” in it for the 7th call district. At the time, I was in the USAF and was moving around the world every once in a while so I decided to keep the call the same.

I moved to Michigan (I should say I came home to Michigan) in 1993 and decided, again, to keep the call sign.

After pondering it a bit, I figured after 22 years back in Michigan, I should really get a call sign that is in the 8th call district (Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia). So, to that end, I looked for a new call. The FCC, sometime in the 90’s, started a program for Vanity call signs for Amateur Radio where a ham could request a custom call, as long as it was available, and pay a small fee. They would get the call issued if they were the first to request it. I found that K8LMJ was available. Being as I was used to “LMJ” and everyone knew me with that call, I figured it wouldn’t be too hard for people to get used to the K8 part. So I went for it!

As of Today, my call is now K8LMJ.

*** in case you are worried that I posted an official document on the web with my address and FRN number from the FCC, Don’t. It’s all public record. If you want to look up a callsign of some ham and get a copy of their license, just go to:

Podcast & Blog From Mike Dell in Northern Michigan