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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The red and black little bug looking things

Hello all, below are a couple of video I shot using some Anderson Power Pole connectors and cigarette plug adaptor. Good project for a rainy afternoon. You can buy one of these adaptors commercial already built cost around $10.00 USD, but I will show you how to make your own from under $3.00 USD

Here is a parts and price break down

From www.mcmelectronics.com
MCM 27-110 Lighter Plug $0.60
MCM 24-1900 14 AWG Wire $0.22 (for 6 inches)
MCM 21-3300 Powerpole Modular Connector $1.69 (One Set)
MCM 108-2405 1/4 Inch I.D. Black Heat Shink Tubing $0.10 (for 2 Inches)


MCM 22-770 Heavy Duty Crimp Tool For Solder-less Connectors $20.00
powerwerx.com TRIcrimp $39.99

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Field Day 2011

Field Day at the Genesis Amateur Radio Society, located in Plymouth MA

what is this field day thing anyway

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year.

Since the first ARRL Field Day in 1933, radio amateurs throughout North America have practiced the rapid deployment of radio communications equipment in environments ranging from operations under tents in remote areas to operations inside Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Operations using emergency and alternative power sources are highly encouraged, since electricity and other public infrastructures are often among the first to fail during a natural disaster or severe weather.

To determine the effectiveness of the exercise and of each participant's operations, there is an integrated contesting component, and many clubs also engage in concurrent leisure activities (camping out, cookouts, etc.). Operations typically last a continuous twenty-four hours, requiring scheduled relief operators to keep stations on the air. Additional contest points are awarded for experimenting with unusual modes, making contacts via satellite, and involving youth in the activity.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Video Edit Test

Hi All,
Just me soldering on a 3.5mm plug, just testing a video editing software called Pitivi for Ubuntu, looks like it work really well. Just upgraded to 2GB of RAM...helps too. Enjoy.