Friday, March 14, 2014
Some strange things happen way out here in the woods.
I had an interesting experience today, just as the sun was beginning to peep over the mountains. It was still gray but there was enough light to see.
Since I have outbuildings, and since I heat them in winter, I have to worry about fires. So I put baby monitor transmitters in the two buildings, and I keep the receiver in by my bed on the night stand. There are smoke detectors all over the place in those buildings. The idea is that the detectors will go off, and I'll go out with a fire extinguisher.
My system is older than this, but essentially is configured in the same manner. I have two transmitters, which operate on two separate frequencies. You just set one to "A" and one to "B". Then I have a receiver that "chirps" both freqs. If there is a hit on one freq, I get an audio signal and I also get a visual signal, in that there are five red LED's on the receiver. The louder the sound the receiver picks up, the more LED 's light up.
Just at dawn, I got one loud (all five red lights lit up) beep. Not a smoke detector. I've never heard it before, but it sounded just like the old Sputnik signal. Five seconds later, another beep, and at that point all the dogs and the chickens started raising hell. Barking and running around on the porch from the dogs, alarmed screeching from the chickens.
The receiver beeped two more times before I could really wake up, but at that point I snatched up my pistol and went outside.
The chickens were all in the juniper shrubs. That's where they go when they are threatened from the air, as in hawks swooping down. If ground bound predators come , they fly way up in the limbs of a dead poplar tree. The dogs ran out into the meadow as soon as I came out and started running around , barking, whining, and looking up and down.
I did not see a thing. It was dead calm, no movement at all.
What all this was about, I do not know. I think I can eliminate UFO's and Black Helicopters, but I am fresh out of ideas. Something was making one heck of a signal and it was close, but what kind of signal and for what purpose, I don't know. I guess it will be like the green lights I see in the forest at night sometimes. You just have to ignore them.