Waldis Jirgens

3 flagsI was born in 1940 in Latvia, grew up and went to school in Nürtingen, West Germany, got a degree in Mathematics at the University of Tübingen, became a computer expert, married and migrated with my family to Australia in 1980. Here we settled in Sydney. Until my retirement in April 1996 I had been working for the John Fairfax Organisation. Now that I am retired and have moved with my wife and youngest son to Canberra, I can pursue my various hobbies with renewed vigour.

My hobbies are:
The Paranormal  Amateur Radio in General  Amateur Radio Digital Modes  LINUX 
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Me and my wife Sigrid on King Island
Me and my wife Sigrid on King Island
Family Reunion 2010

The Paranormal.

People had paranormal experiences for as long as humanity existed - and probably even before that, since animals have psychic abilities too. The paranormal has been investigated by science starting in the 19th century, and a mountain of evidence have been collected by reputable universities all over the world. Here is a tiny subset of it.

An unholy alliance of pseudo-sceptics and leaders of the various churches has largely had the effect that people are reluctant to acknowledge their own and their friends' and relatives' paranormal experiences.

For the "sceptics" it is a matter of their materialist faith that "Nothing paranormal can exist", therefore any evidence collected "must be fraudulent" and any personal experiences must be either imagination or a sign of mental illness. They try to bully the rest of society to agree with them, with some success, since nobody wants to seem crazy or a gullible simpleton.
This shows how they do it:

For the church leaders it is a matter of faith that their particular form of religion is THE true one. This in spite of the fact that most religions are based on largely fictional "Holy Books" and illogical doctrines. The problem is that the scientific evidence about the paranormal in general and the afterlife in particular rarely matches such doctrines. Rather than questioning these, they argue that the paranormal is driven by "dark forces out to deceive humanity", and who of their congregation wants to be associated with these?

We are supposed to live in the AGE OF REASON. Polls show that 71% of the population have had at least one paranormal experience. NDEs show that human consciousness is not dependent on a functioning brain. Remote Viewing shows that human consciousness can travel long distances away from the body. ITC, EVP and materialisation mediumship show that human consciousness survives death. This would rank as the greatest scientific discovery ever achieved would it not be for some influential but extremely stubborn and closed minded people desperately trying to deny it.
Check out ESP and PK yourself using these Java and JavaScript programs. All source code is inline, so you can see for yourself that it's all above board:

ESP and PK tests

They are based on the experiments of Joseph Banks Rhine (29/9/1895 - 20/2/1980)

Even the CIA employed during the cold war a remote viewing group, codenamed "Project Stargate" whose members explored secret USSR sites from the safety of the US!
The story was shown here on TV with the title "The Real X-Files".
Watch a low resolution version of the video

More PSI-links:
PSI-Research FAQ  Afterlife Evidence - Victor Zammit  The Campaign for Philosophical Freedom 

The latter two also expose the bullying tactics of high profile "sceptics". Already 1918 Prof. James Hyslop gave them a fitting answer:
I regard the existence of discarnate spirits as scientifically proven and I no longer refer to the sceptic as having any right to speak on the subject. Any man who does not accept the existence of discarnate spirits and the proof of it is either ignorant or a moral coward. I give him short shrift, and do not propose any longer to argue with him on the supposition that he knows anything about the subject.

People often adhere to their religion (which is mostly the religion of their parents) out of tradition without trying to verify the veracity or otherwise of their particular beliefs. I found this approach naive and negligent in the extreme and set out to look for "the true religion", a spiritual philosophy that is logical, can explain paranormal phenomena in a coherent way, and does not attribute human character faults (like anger, hate, jealousy) to its deity. If you have done the same, you will have guessed by now that I am a Spiritualist. As value system I like the Wiccan ethics:
"As long as you harm none, do as you will".

If you haven't heard of Spiritualism, please check out,
what Spiritualism is all about, and if you like how it originated. I am a member of the Canberra Spiritualist Association.

Just let me tell you what Spiritualism is not:

Some interesting Spiritual Topics:

Are New Age and Spiritualism compatible?  Why are psychics not rich? The Parsifal Effect  Inspirational Writing: Messages on various topics  Online Psychic Development Courses 

The attraction of Spiritualism for outsiders are Trance mediums and their channelled messages. Here are transcripts from more than 100 channellings by Canberra medium Valerie Sturesteps. They are also available in self-contained e-book formats:
Trance Channellings by Valerie Sturesteps  E-book format (html)  E-book format (pdf) 

Unfortunately the spiritual arena does not attract idealists only, but also lots of deluded, arrogant, greedy, stupid and/or dishonest people preying on the gullible, so  there is a lot of nonsense around.  What one gets from people in the flesh one can also expect from spirits. It is definitely necessary to use ones intellect to discern the quality of spiritual information - ancient or modern, coming from "holy books", "gurus" or from channelled spirits. There should not be any taboos in this regard, but try telling that some religious fundamentalists...
How to separate spiritual trash from treasure

The Millennium-doomsayers were wrong. But if you think, that doomsday is now coming in 2012, read this:

Doomsday has been cancelled!

On a lighter and more useful note:
Want to try some computer assisted meditation?

So, what do Spiritualists and Radio Amateurs have in common?
More than you probably think:
Amateur Radio in General.

This has been my hobby since 1960. Call sign: VK1WJ.

Skeds, Station Set-up, Projects  Some useful AR software  Pictures of me, my XYL, QTH, and shack  QTH Map 
Fieldday Pictures

I am a member of the Wireless Institute of Australia, and was the broadcast officer of the then ACT division until February 2000.

Useful Broadcast-bits 1997 - 2000
Here I have included only information, that does not become outdated quickly!

To check condx:
WSPR Real Time Propagation Map  IPS Space Weather  IPS 10 cm Flux  IPS Grafex  VK Lightning 
Note: The IPS Grafex propagation tool allows only SP predictions!

DX topics:
World Time Zone Map  EWWA Countries List  Global MHD map 
VHF Topics:
Hepburn's Tropo Ducting  Make More Miles on VHF  National VHF DX Group  NSW VHF DXing  Meteor Showers 
VK/ZL MHD Locators  VK MHD Locators  VK WX Map  VK1 Rainfall Map 
Some of my favourite AR sites:
AR Wiki  ARRL Propagation, Keps, DX  ARRL  Contests  LRAL  NZART  WIA  ACMA (ex ACA) 
Canberra Region ARC  Blue Mountains ARC 
Send QSLs electronically via eQSL.cc!  Reviews of AR Equipment 

HAM Sites:
VK1DA  VK1HW  VK2FLR (Sounds)  VK2DLF (Morse Keys)  VK3UM EME  VK3YE (homebrew)  SM0VPO (homebrew)

Amateur Radio Digital Modes.

Digital modes have been around for quite a while. In the 80s and 90s I was QRV in packet on VHF and sometimes on hf. Later I did a bit RTTY and AMTOR with a TNC. In 2000 I started with the newer digital modes like PSK31 and MFSK16. Since then numerous additional digital modes have been developed. Most of them improve dramatically on the "oldies" like RTTY for example. CW has also been integrated as a digital mode amongst the others.

Details including schematics for homebrew interfaces, various programs for Windows, LINUX and FreeBSD and links for downloading them:
A Digital Modes Primer
I am member # 1204 of the 30m Digital Group and member # 4038 of the Digital Modes Club

Meeting Places for Digital Skeds:
JT65 N0UK (HF and VHF)  JT65 (W6CQZ)  K3UK Interactive Sked Page  VK-Logger  Pingjockey (FSK441)  ON4KST VHF + 
Olivia - arguably the best digital chat mode:
Olivia, The Magic Digital Mode  Olivia by WB8ROL  Olivia Spots 
PSK31 and JT65A:
The Home of PSK31  JT65a Frequencies  The Complete Bozo's Guide to HF JT65A

Last updated on May 30, 2012. Please report any broken links, that you encounter on this page! My E-mail: My E-mail