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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Florescent Light Upgrade In The Lab

Hi All,
Decided to place a light above my lab work bench, after doing some research on what type of light LED, Florescent or halogen I came across Ben Krasnow site explaining the difference between T12, T5 and T8 bulbs and efficiency vs light output, see video below.

I already had a bad cheap T12 "shop light" with a bad ballast that burnt out a few months ago, I know I'm a pack rat. Bought a ballast and two t8 bulbs at Home Depot GE232 -120RES-DIY Stock number 71037 for $14.99 and two GE F32T8 SP41ECO 4100K around 5 bucks.

The wiring was a bit different than the old ballast, just follow the drawing on the new ballast, bi pin are the same.




Best of all there no annoying hum and it's very, very bright located about 24 inches from the bench surface. Double the light output at half the current of my old T12's! Great projects for a newbie!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Budget Crisis from an Engineers point of view

Hello all, I was discussing the current budget crisis with a friend of mine. A good point was brought up.....if anyone of us had a similar budget to run our homes we would be in serious trouble. Let me give you the numbers

Us Income__________2,170,000,000,000
Federal Budget_______3,820,000,000,000
New Debt___________1,650,000,000,000
National Debt_______14,271,000,000,000
Recent Budget Cut_______38,500,000,000

Okay kind of tough to wrap your mind with large numbers, let's use powers of ten and cut some zero (eight places) to make it more manageable.

N1IR Income__________21,700
N1IR Spent___________38,200
Credit Card New Debt____16,500
Balance on Credit Card___142,710
Cut Made by N1IR_________385

With simple powers of ten you can clearly see the problem, why can the people in washington see this? Food for thought....N1IR

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Genesis ARS to Sponsor Tech Classes at Jordan Hospital of Plymouth

Submitted to K9HI by KA1GDQ on Sat, 07/23/2011 - 21:01 Posted on http://ema.arrl.org

The Genesis Amateur Radio Society, in cooperation with Jordan Hospital will conduct a Technician license class culminating in a volunteer exam testing session in August, 2011. The class sessions will be held at Jordan Hospital:

Friday, August 12, 2011 7-9 PM - Boynton Conference Room
Sunday, August 14, 2011 1-6 PM - Boynton Conference Room
Saturday, August 27, 2011 9 AM-5 PM - Funkhouser Room B

The third class date includes a test session from 2-5 PM. Walk-ins for the exams ONLY are allowed from 2-2:30 PM.

While not mandatory, it is recommended that candidates participate in all three classes. Registration is required due to limited seating.

To register, visit www.genesisars.org and email the completed registration form to education.registration@genesisars.org.

Class participants must have a copy of the ARRL Technician Q&A Manual and, optionally, the ARRL Technician License Manual. A fee of $15.00 is required for the ARRL VEC-sponsored examination.

For questions, including obtaining the course material, please email: Joe Reynolds at ka1gdq at gmail dot com or call 508.296.3622 (voice mail) or 774.222.2542 (mobile); Chris Johnson, n1ir at arrl dot net.

We are looking for volunteers to assist in the instruction of the class and VE’s to. If you are interested, please contact Chris Johnson, N1IR, Genesis ARS Education Officer.