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:

I’m no longer using LinkedIn

In an effort to consolidate the information I put online, I deleted my LinkeIn account.

I didn’t really see a point to it as I am almost never looking at it and it serves no purpose for me anymore. I figure everything I want to put out there can be put out back on my own website I’m still using Facebook due to the connections I have there with friends, family and professional colleagues. Same with Twitter. I get many more useful communications from those two platforms even though they can be annoying as well.

LinkedIn has been nothing but a spam generator for YEARS both for me and my contacts. I think LinkedIn has jumped the shark as a useful service.

I will replace LinkedIn by updating the About page at to include some of my professional information.

Yes, I am also staying on Google Plus as I use a lot of Google services and you can’t avoid it. Besides, it’s not nearly as annoying as the other services out there.

So Long to LinkedIn. Have a good life! :)

Mike Dell’s World #209 – Scams, More Banjos and an Update from Traverse City


An update from Traverse City.

I talked about some scams going around the interwebs. And played a couple of tunes.

A normal Mike Dell’s World.

Catch me later!

Ham Radio Podclass Reposted!


Over the years, John Martin, KF8KK and Me, Mike Dell, N7LMJ get periodic inquiries about the old Ham Radio Podclass that we did a few years ago. It was the first podcast that taught you what you needed to do to pass the Technician and General Call US Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) FCC tests.

*** NOTE: This information is good, but the FCC test questions mentioned are out of date. See: for up to date questions for your test.

I’ve decided they needed to be made public again via podcasting. To that end, I have posted all the OLD classes in order in an RSS feed, They will be listed on iTunes soon.

The Feed Address is

The landing page for these episodes is:

There is also a playlist available on that page that contains all the episodes in order.


Am I in the right place?

Yes, if you wanted to come to, you are here.

I’ve been tweaking the site again.  Trying to make it look a bit better on mobile devices and getting ready for “Podcast Season” otherwise known a the deep freeze of winter in the northwoods of Michigan.  When the only thing you can do is shovel snow, scrape car windows, tend the fire in the stove along with other indoor pursuits such as Blogging and Podcasting.

I’ve also been playing with Powerpress 6 beta.  Notice the big buttons to subscribe on the sidebar?  (if you are not on a mobile device)  If you are, go to the subscribe page and you will see them.   They make it easy to get subscribed to the podcast so you won’t miss an episode. IF you are on an iThingy (iPhone, iPod or iPad) you hit the purple button. All others (including iThingys) can press the orange button.

Take a look around.  I’m sure things will keep changing as I continue to “tweak ” things.


Podcast & Blog From Mike Dell in Northern Michigan