Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

May 17, 2016

Top Down Tourers

 

I am looking to start a Sunday afternoon convertible club at Sonrise Church for the purpose of fellowship and fun. The post will be part of my research and planning. We will taking afternoon jaunts on Sunday afternoon. It will be focused on convertibles, day trips and scenic destinations and routes but not limited to convertibles only. Anyone is welcome.

My initial plan will be to plan for routes roughly about 2 hours from Hillsboro, OR. Ending at a scenic destination or a place for coffee or a snack and then return home. Photography could be a theme of some as well. A short hike included or even a swim in a cool river or lake.

The routes will be scenic and not focused on performance or aggressive driving but cruising and enjoying.

My early searches gave me these pages to study. I will also check trails.com as there are driving trips on there as well.

A great idea is to look for local events like fairs or markets or local attractions in nearby towns or communities that we can drive to an experience. Maybe even a car show or cruise in! I can also look at trips and adventures other car clubs or motor cycle clubs have gone on or maybe tag along with them if they are open.

I am sure there are meet up groups planning similar trips that I can check out and get ideas from as well.

https://www.myscenicdrives.com/regions/oregon

https://roadtrippers.com/map?lat=43.85434&lng=-121.20667&z=7

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g52024-d487898-i32020110-Island_Cafe-Portland_Oregon.html

https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/portland/best-road-trips-to-take-from-portland

http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/scenic-byways/

10 Portland Day Trips

http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-12-21/portland-oregon-great-day-trips-for-nature-lovers

http://www.roadtripamerica.com/DayTrips/Day-Trips-from-Portland-Oregon.htm

http://www.10best.com/interests/travel-features/road-trip-10-must-see-spots-from-portland-to-seattle/

https://www.pacsafe.com/blog/9-towns-to-visit-during-your-oregon-coast-road-trip/

14-Day Best of the Pacific Northwest Road Trip Loop

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/may/25/top-10-portland-san-francisco-roadside-attractions

https://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&hs=Bbu&channel=fs&q=portland+day+trip+itinerary&revid=133709851&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjNqKDPseDMAhUHxmMKHUkXC0IQ1QIIkQEoBw

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-day-trips-portland-oregon

http://jalopnik.com/how-to-drive-the-pacific-coast-highway-like-a-champion-1709670729

http://www.oregonccca.com/B-07-July-Board-minutes.htm

10 Portland Day Trips

http://dguides.com/portland/blog/insider-tips/75-things-to-do-in-portland-this-winter/

6 Must-See Day Trips from Portland

http://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2014/12/1/50-things-every-portlander-must-do-this-winter-december-2014

http://www.pdxmonthly.com/tags/day-trips

http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/

http://www.cascadiakids.com/a-perfect-5-day-oregon-road-trip/

http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Plan-a-Trip/Trip-Ideas/

https://www.pacsafe.com/blog/9-towns-to-visit-during-your-oregon-coast-road-trip/

http://www.oregonlive.com/northwest-life/index.ssf/oregon-travel/25-relaxing-oregon-destinations.html

http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/itineraries/

 

 

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http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/road-trips/articles/worlds-best-wine-road-trips

2. Willamette Valley

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In 1979 celebrated French wine and food magazine, GaultMillau, organized a wine Olympics bringing together a total of 330 wines from 33 countries. When a Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley placed in the top 10 of their category, the region was catapulted to international fame. Beginning 100 miles southwest of Portland, the Willamette Valley boasts more than 250 wineries. It also plays host to the celebrated International Pinot Noir Celebration every July. A journey here is not complete without a stop in Portland, a city whose wine is perhaps only bested by its limitless dining options. Also not to miss is Domain Serene in rural Dayton, OR, where you can ponder which is more fantastic, their Pinot Noir or their picturesque views.
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Columbia River Gorge

It’s incredible to find such natural beauty so close to a major city. Mere minutes out of Portland, Oregon, starts the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Drive the Oregon side for stunning views of waterfalls, some of which you can see without leaving the freeway. For a more intimate drive, get off the Interstate and cruise Historic Highway 30. Watch the scenery change from lush forest to high desert as you go east. Be sure to spend some time in quaint towns along the way like Hood River, Cascade Locks and The Dalles.


 

How a Road Trip Helps you Experience Local Culture

Are you trying to decide where to go for your next vacation? Instead of flying, try a road trip. A road trip will help you find off-the-beaten-path destinations, and it’s a great way to get to meet locals. Here’s how a road trip lets you experience local culture.

Visit Unique Small Towns

Often, when people are traveling, they seek out famous tourist sites and big cities. But there are plenty of fascinating things to see and people to meet in those out-of-the-way small towns that dot the highway. When you’re on your road trip, take the time to stop in these small towns. You could visit for lunch, or do some shopping. While you’re there, you’ll be able to talk to locals.

Check Out Local Events

A road trip also makes it easy to go to the types of events that are mostly attended by locals. This includes festivals, farmer’s markets, and holiday celebrations. Many small towns have their own unique events that celebrate their town’s unique history and traditions. This is an especially great option for traveling with kids–they’ll love getting the chance to try out fun new celebrations and festivals. After you map out your trip, research the towns you’ll be passing and see if they have any special events that are worth checking out. If there are a few events that look really interesting, plan your trip around them.

Stay With Locals

Websites like AirBnB make it easier than ever to find homes to stay in on the road. Instead of staying in hotels, try using these types of websites to connect with town residents. This is one of the best ways to meet local people and to get to know about the towns you’re passing through. You’ll end up with many more stories and memories in these types of accommodation than you would if you only stayed in hotels.

Whether you’re going on a famous route 66 road trip or making up your own route, plan time to meet locals. Once you have planned your itinerary, hit the road and go experience local culture!

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Top Road Trip Destinations From Seattle, WA

https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2011/04/21/top-10-road-trip-destinations-from-seattle-wa/

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February 15, 2016

Hiking Trials near Portland to Explore in 2016

Filed under: Adventures,Day Trips,Hiking,Photography,Travel — rmay4 @ 8:16 pm

I am researching my activities for the year and am thinking hiking and waterfalls will make up most of it.

Here are the links that I am using to start my research:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brittany-wilcox/the-10-most-beautiful-spring-hikes-in-oregon_b_7074596.html

10 Beautiful Spring Hikes in Oregon

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/hikes/2014/02/07/best-easy-hikes—columbia-river-gorge/5292817/

http://www.everytrail.com/best/hiking-oregon

http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/oregon-stories/20-oregon-hikes/

https://www.travelportland.com/article/waterfalls-near-portland/

http://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/7-waterfalls/

http://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/7-waterfalls/sahalie-and-koosah/

http://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/7-waterfalls/proxy/

http://www.everytrail.com/guide/toketee-falls

http://www.waterfallsnorthwest.com/nws/falls.php?num=4343

http://www.waterfallsnorthwest.com/nws/falls.php?num=3751

http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=28

 

 

 

 

October 29, 2015

Pellet Guns

I have always had a thing for air rifles from shooting in the backyard, my indoor range in the garage or starting the kids out on safety, control, aiming etc. Pistols as well but there are more options and more capacity in the rifle category for sure.

Recently, I got back into it after a break and one of springers, actually my best springer, did not survive the hiatus that well. I started looking at options as I actually wanted to move up to a better rifle anyway but compressed air. I looking at my options, the single pump air springs, Nitro springs, etc had really improved since the last time time I was looking at them.

I am thinking I am about to buy another gun. I will post the links here as a research tool and book mark location for the guns and info I access.

Here is info on the Air Spring/Gas Ram/Nitro Piston Technology

http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/2005/11/what-is-a-gas-ram-airgun/
https://www.airgunsofarizona.com/blog/2013/04/a-few-words-about-gas-rams-gas-springs-and-nitro-piston.html

I am currently shoorting this one: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/682505/stoeger-atac-suppressor-air-rifle-black-synthetic-stock-black-barrel-with-4-16x40mm-scope

Here are the main resellers and manufacture sites I used so far in my search

http://www.pyramydair.com/a/Air_guns/Air_rifles/Gas_spring/372/loudness_3/calibers_0_22?orderBy=price_asc
http://www.midwayusa.com/gas-piston/br?cid=23245
http://www.airgundepot.com/remington-nitro-piston-air-rifle-sale.html
http://www.pyramydair.com/a/Air_guns/Air_rifles/Gas_spring/372
http://www.airgundepot.com/remington-nitro-piston-air-rifle-sale.html#sort=salepriceasc
http://www.midwayusa.com/gas-piston/br?cid=23245&sortBy=3&itemsPerPage=40
http://usa.stoegerairguns.com/

Here are the guns I am researching broke down by price range

$150 or less
$140 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375509253/crosman-genesis-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-wood-stock-matte-barrel-with-centerpoint-scope-3-9x-32mm-matte
http://www.crosman.com/genesis-np-1
$139/149 http://www.airgundepot.com/benjamin-titan-air-rifle.html
$139 http://www.airgundepot.com/beeman-grizzly-x2-air-rifle-combo.html
$99 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-shockwave-air-rifle.html
$119 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-phantom-np-air-rifle-22-caliber.html
$149 http://www.airgundepot.com/ruger-yukon-np.html#item-specs-container
$130 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-Nitro-Venom-Dusk-NP-.22-Air-Rifle-with-Scope/16536075?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=16536075&placement_id=irs-106-m3&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=3ce12037-b3ac-4cc3-8de0-6f60afe5756a&customer_id_enc&config_id=106&parent_item_id=25174756&parent_anchor_item_id=25174756&guid=094121f3-d7ff-44f2-a804-599b6cb22cfb&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n
$149 http://www.airgundepot.com/benjamin-titan-xs-air-rifle.html
$129 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/721311/crosman-fury-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-177-caliber-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-matte-barrel-with-4x32mm-scope
$129 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/876789/benjamin-prowler-nitro-piston-air-rifle-177-caliber-black-synthetic-stock-blued-barrel-with-4x-32mm-scope
$144 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/681443/beeman-grizzly-x2-gas-ram-air-rifle-177-and-22-caliber-pellet-hardwood-stock-black-barrel-with-4×32-scope
$110-149 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2083851792/benjamin-titan-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-with-centerpoint-scope-4x-32mm-matte
$99 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-fury-air-rifle.html
$149 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Beeman_Gas_Ram_Dual_Caliber_Air_Rifle/3620
$89 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Crosman_Vantage_Breakbarrel_Air_Rifle/1789
$109 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Crosman_Vantage_Air_Rifle_With_Nitro_Piston/2806
$119 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375156916/crosman-shockwave-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-matte-barrel-with-centerpoint-scope-4x-32mm-matte
$146 http://www.midwayusa.com/product/446831/crosman-tr77-nitro-piston-tactical-break-barrel-air-rifle-177-caliber-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-overmolded-matte-barrel-with-4x32mm-scope
$219 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Ruger_Yukon_Air_Rifle_Combo_Gas_Piston/3102
$149 http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-mtr77-nitro-piston-scoped-air-rifle.html

$150-250
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375226736/crosman-nitro-piston-venom-dusk-break-barrel-air-rifle-matte-barrel-with-3-9x-32mm-scope
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1375372781/crosman-nitro-piston-venom-dusk-break-barrel-air-rifle-brown-hardwood-stock-matte-barrel-with-3-9x-32mm-scope
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/425485/benjamin-titan-nitro-piston-break-barrel-air-rifle-177-caliber-pellet-hardwood-stock-matte-barrel-with-4x-32mm-scope
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-Nitro-Venom-NP-.22-Air-Rifle-with-Scope/16536078?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=16536078&placement_id=irs-106-m3&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=3ce12037-b3ac-4cc3-8de0-6f60afe5756a&customer_id_enc&config_id=106&parent_item_id=25174756&parent_anchor_item_id=25174756&guid=094121f3-d7ff-44f2-a804-599b6cb22cfb&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/3508664979/hatsan-model-95-vortex-piston-combo-break-action-air-rifle-pellet-walnut-stock-black-barrel-with-3-9×32-optima-scope-black
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2083782987/benjamin-summit-nitro-piston-2-air-rifle-pellet-black-synthetic-stock-black-barrel-with-4x32mm-scope
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Beeman_Gas_Ram_Dual_Caliber_Air_Rifle/3620
http://www.airgundepot.com/crosman-nitro-venom-dusk-air-rifle-177.html
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/682505/stoeger-atac-suppressor-air-rifle-black-synthetic-stock-black-barrel-with-4-16x40mm-scope
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1725131878/gamo-silent-stalker-whisper-inert-gas-technology-igt-pellet-air-rifle-black-synthetic-stock-fluted-polymer-jacketed-steel-barrel-with-gamo-airgun-scope-3-9x-40mm-matte
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Stoeger_ATAC_Suppressor_Gas_Ram_Air_Rifle/3042
http://www.amazon.com/Stoeger-ATAC-Suppressor-Rifle-rifle/dp/B00CSAAI2U
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBECI1Q/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687522&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00CSAAGU4&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1F114Z7S7HKWJ87373CD
http://www.airgundepot.com/stoeger-atac-suppressor-gas-ram-air-rifle-22-cal.html
http://www.airgundepot.com/stoeger-atac-suppressor-gas-ram-air-rifle-177-cal.html
http://www.amazon.com/Umarex-Octane-Rifle-Combo-Piston/dp/B00CSAB4YG
http://www.amazon.com/Ruger-Yukon-Rifle-Combo-Piston/dp/B00CWDC3J4
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Ruger_Yukon_Air_Rifle_Combo_Gas_Piston/3102
$164 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Benjamin-397-.177-Air-Rifle/8586191?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=8586191&placement_id=irs-2-m3&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=b9f1f691-ed61-4966-bd0a-8bc4c7766483&customer_id_enc&config_id=2&parent_item_id=5420297&parent_anchor_item_id=5420297&guid=1e5cdc91-354a-41c8-80f5-f81aee5e8386&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n

$250 or higher
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Benjamin_Trail_NP2_Rifle_Camo_Combo/3698
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Benjamin-Trail-Nitro-Piston-XL-1100-.22-Caliber-Air-Rifle/16536065
$259 http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Benjamin_Discovery_Air_Rifle/1543
http://www.crosman.com/benjamin-discovery-22
$367 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Benjamin-Discovery-.177-PCP-Air-Rifle-Kit-with-Pump/19426362?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=19426362&placement_id=irs-106-t1&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=d0cf4917-fc3d-4969-b845-91ce5bd62bd7&customer_id_enc&config_id=106&parent_item_id=14234837&parent_anchor_item_id=14234837&guid=f4a83e12-d6bc-4b7b-a6b8-d90783009313&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n

Pellets and Accessories
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/110904/crosman-premier-ultra-magnum-airgun-pellets-177-caliber-105-grain-round-nose-tin-of-500
http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Aluminum-Picatinny-mounting-system/dp/B00I0HLO00/ref=pd_sim_200_5?ie=UTF8&dpID=41yNcAeDLTL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=1F114Z7S7HKWJ87373CD
http://www.amazon.com/Beeman-Kodiak-Extra-Heavy-21-14/dp/B004G16C74/ref=pd_sim_200_6?ie=UTF8&dpID=51HrBIRuTWL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=1F114Z7S7HKWJ87373CD
http://www.amazon.com/Crosman-Caliber-Hollow-Pellets-500-Pack/dp/B006O74XQ0/ref=pd_sim_200_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=61C9jAmTD2L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR158%2C160_&refRID=1F114Z7S7HKWJ87373CD
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VYXHD1G?psc=1
http://www.airgundepot.com/airguns-accessories.html
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-Varmint-Target-Block/10248636?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=10248636&placement_id=irs-2-m3&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=78b0b951-6b1c-4c35-a782-45ed96ae4208&customer_id_enc&config_id=2&parent_item_id=21311836&parent_anchor_item_id=21311836&guid=34112c94-5bd4-4475-9fb5-db1382a13cee&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Air-Strike-Pellet-Trap/17617514?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=17617514&placement_id=irs-2-m3&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=78b0b951-6b1c-4c35-a782-45ed96ae4208&customer_id_enc&config_id=2&parent_item_id=21311836&parent_anchor_item_id=21311836&guid=34112c94-5bd4-4475-9fb5-db1382a13cee&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n

September 19, 2015

WAAAM – Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

Another post in discovering weekend and day trip adventures near home.

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What a great local spot for a day trip with wife or family? I discovered paper card models a few years back. This would be a great chance to get to see some of the old planes and cars in real life that I am trying to model. These are real working machines from a time long ago. They have scheduled Fly In’s when people fly in in their vintage crafts. Check them out. I know I am going to.

http://www.waaamuseum.org/

November 4, 2014

Two of My Favorite but Unattained .22 Rifles

Two of my favorite .22 rifles I have yet to acquire are the Marlin 7000T heavy barrel model and the Remington Nylon 66. They are very different rifles and the reasons I want them are different as well.

The Nylon 66 is nostalgic. There was a neighbor that had one when I was a kid and it was the first clip fed rifle I had ever shot and boy was it cool! Besides that, I like it because it is a light weight small frame plinker in the more affordable .22LR round. There hundreds of pages on the web dedicated to these and their history and the many nuances of color and model they were available in.

The 7000T is the heavy barrel “target” version of the 7000 model and a tack driver from the box. It is not as customizable as the 10/22 for sure but it is most of what I would make my 10/22 anyway. They used to be affordable but as they become rare, not as much anymore. Here is a link to more info:

https://gunner777.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/marlin-7000-22-rifle/

 

November 3, 2014

Download or print entire survival blog

Here is a blog on survival that includes the ability to download the entire blog into one large PDF for off line use and printing.

http://ruppe1.wordpress.com/

 

September 23, 2014

Buiding Antennas for Ham Radios

Ones I might buy for now:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jetstream-JTD2-Workman-T734-Discone-Scanner-Antenna-w-CB-Ham-Radio-Transmit-/191338047276?_trksid=p2054897.l4275

http://centerfireantenna.com/antenna-menu/deluxe-discone-antenna/.

Here is a review and step by step assembly of it as well. Seems like a great antenna for the money!  http://advancedsurvivalguide.com/2010/09/15/review-centerfire-deluxe-discone-antenna/

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-METER-70CM-HIGH-GAIN-BASE-ANTENNA-SLIM-JIM-DESIGN-6dB-gain-over-J-Pole/191033883337?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3D6ac689becaaa4167826df57c0a3ff4f9%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D111469372466&rt=nc

http://www.ebay.com/itm/144-440-MHz-HIGH-GAIN-BASE-ANTENNA-STEALTH-DESIGN/201167782539?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3D59ba21173a65486cb97275b248a7c8eb%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D191033883337&rt=nc

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/VHF-UHF-scanner-or-Ham-base-antenna-2-meter-70-cm-/301323935084?_trksid=p2054897.l5676

http://www.amazon.com/DHT-Handheld-Antenna-Baofeng-Quasheng/dp/B00COKNKS8/ref=pd_sim_e_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=09RGPHPA3JVWDQQBB0RQ

http://www.amazon.com/SMA-Female-UHF-RF-Adapter/dp/B00ATEDHXE/ref=pd_sim_e_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=09RGPHPA3JVWDQQBB0RQ

http://www.amazon.com/Station-Antenna-ANLI-Amateur-Radio/dp/B0093N20D0/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1411454205&sr=1-4&keywords=dual+band+antenna

http://www.amazon.com/TRAM-1480-Amateur-Dual-Band-Antenna/dp/B003H3J4NQ/ref=sr_1_14?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1411454205&sr=1-14&keywords=dual+band+antenna

 

SWR Meter

http://www.amazon.com/SWR-Power-METER-VHF-Radio/dp/B002KYE190/ref=pd_sim_e_23?ie=UTF8&refRID=0C5GPVDXXHNMYRF9ASRF

http://www.amazon.com/ASTATIC-PDC1-RADIO-WATT-METER/dp/B00J5LNB56/ref=pd_sbs_indust_9?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/Astatic-302-01768-PDC7-Compact-Meter/dp/B000VXKINA/ref=pd_sbs_indust_7?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/ASTATIC-PDC1-Workman-jumper-CX-3-PL-PL/dp/B00HMDQ4RQ/ref=pd_sbs_indust_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/Astatic-PDC1-100-Watt-Meter/dp/B004ULN610/ref=pd_sbs_indust_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/Astatic-302-PDC2-Field-Strength-Meter/dp/B000KEUFME/ref=pd_sbs_indust_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

http://www.amazon.com/Astatic-PDC5-Meter-Power-Matcher/dp/B003E2USLM/ref=pd_sbs_indust_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=1N99XMAYYBWC06J1H7SY

 

 

2 Meter vertical from PVC

http://www.mikestechblog.com/joomla/ham-radio/ham-radio-antennas-category/99-build-2-meter-vertical-antenna.html

2 Meter info in general

http://www.hamuniverse.com/2meters.html

Apartment Antenna

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-1622

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bMNm57YUbA

http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-012750

http://www.nonstopsystems.com/radio/frank_radio_antenna_cobra.htm

http://www.2wayelectronix.com/Dual-band-MURS-GMRS-Slim-Jim-Antenna-dualmurs.htm

http://www.2wayelectronix.com/Portable-Antennas_c3.htm

http://www.2wayelectronix.com/Dual-band-2m-70cm-Slim-Jim-Antenna-with-16-rg-58-dual-slim-16.htm

http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Antennas/Stealth/

http://www.g4ilo.com/stealth.html

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Technology/tis/info/pdf/128040.pdf

http://www.arrl.org/limited-space-and-indoor-antennas

 

This is for the GMRS and MURS

http://www.2wayelectronix.com/Dual-band-MURS-GMRS-Slim-Jim-Antenna-dualmurs.htm

 

Diamond 7900A mobile antenna

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/0142.html
http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/3175
http://www.aesham.com/nmo/diamond-antenna-sg-7900anmo/

Other 2M and 70CM Antennas

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php?topic=45646.0;wap2

http://www.w5fc.org/files/how-to/j-pole/MENTORFEST_ANTENNA.pdf

http://www.cebik.com/

http://forums.radioreference.com/amateur-radio-antennas/276792-2m-70cm-dual-band-dipole-antenna.html

http://amateurradio.bz/2m-70cm_vertical_dipole_antenna.html

http://dk7zb.darc.de/Duoband/dipolduoband.htm

http://www.worldwidedx.com/threads/a-2m-70cm-vertical-dipole-diy.137926/

http://9amtalk.net/new2/sites/default/files/DualBand2.pdf

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamants.html

http://9amtalk.net/new2/sites/default/files/DualBand2.pdf

http://vk2zoi.com/articles/dual-band-half-wave-flower-pot/

http://www.w6ier.org/images/W7LPN%202m-70cm%20Verticle%20Dipole.pdf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6cgXTrFNM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-DPVuyU8Pg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2AyfBMRztw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4GAug1MqDM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEewjkU4u5o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R4C0_dzDZ4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar6pfj-Xhk0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLqmvgbXKyUuT91FqXttYfzPtUAWDslutq&v=l_E4OnvyjzM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr7vSu1PBLw

http://www.hamuniverse.com/antennas.html

http://www.hamuniverse.com/kl7jrindoorloop4010.html

http://kk4eqm.com/?tag=antenna

http://www.instructables.com/id/Quarter-Wave-Dual-Band-VHFUHF-Ham-Radio-Antenna/

http://www.hamuniverse.com/kl7jrindoorloop4010.html

http://ve3hg.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/

http://g0kya.blogspot.com/2010/10/more-on-20m-eh-antenna.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+G0kyaAmateurRadioBlog+%28G0KYA%27s+Amateur+Radio+and+Propagation+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

http://g0kya.blogspot.com/2009/01/20m-eh-antenna.html

http://hackaday.com/2014/01/13/tape-measure-vhf-yagi-antenna/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+hackaday%2FLgoM+%28Hack+a+Day%29

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/331326043280?item=331326043280&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

http://www.hamuniverse.com/shortwaveantenna.html

 

Ham Band Info

http://www.hamuniverse.com/shortwavebandfreqs.html

http://www.eham.net/newham/bands

http://www.arrl.org/frequency-allocations

 

Other hardware

http://www.amazon.com/Steren-205-750-50-Feet-UHF-UHF-Mini-RG8x/dp/B004EFNHXE/ref=pd_sim_e_29?ie=UTF8&refRID=0C5GPVDXXHNMYRF9ASRF

 

Mobile

http://www.amazon.com/Original-Antenna-UT-108UV-SMA-Female-wholesaler/dp/B00DTQ4A6M/ref=pd_sim_e_21?ie=UTF8&refRID=0C5GPVDXXHNMYRF9ASRF

http://www.amazon.com/BROWNING-BR-180-Amateur-Dual-Band-Antenna/dp/B003H3DTGE/ref=pd_sim_e_25?ie=UTF8&refRID=0C5GPVDXXHNMYRF9ASRF

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NAGOYA-RE-02-Mobile-Antenna-Ground-UHF-F-10-1300MHz-For-Car-Radio-KENWOOD-ICOM/111406831381?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3Da535ffe96ab84ee8bda2179083593651%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D360738973794&rt=nc

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Workman-KS-2-Rare-Earth-Magnet-VHF-HAM-Radio-Antenna-w-BNC-144-148-900-/360738973794?_trksid=p2054897.l5675

 

GMRS MURS

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-Band-VHF-UHF-Base-Antenna-Ham-Commercial-MURS-GMRS-FRS-DBJ-1/121442985659?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3D6ac689becaaa4167826df57c0a3ff4f9%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D111469372466&rt=nc

http://www.ebay.com/itm/UHF-Base-Repeater-Antenna-ham-70-cm-GMRS-FRS-commercial-5dB-gain/111469372466?_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D25879%26meid%3Df7051b29c7e74454b8cd677c26af2325%26pid%3D100010%26prg%3D10819%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D24%26sd%3D111406831381

 

 

Baluns

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balun

http://www.eznec.com/Amateur/Articles/Baluns.pdf

http://www.hamuniverse.com/balun.html

 

 

Cheap and Emergency Repeater set up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KrH86Dzhnc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY24xWERCBg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REocFY78Pyg

 

 

 

 

August 26, 2013

Homebuilt Wooden Boat

I am in the process of building my first wooden boat with my son. It is a solo canoe using the free Stitch and Glue plywood method and plans for the Cinderella.

Here are other links I found later….

http://forum.woodenboat.com/archive/index.php/t-98643.html
http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=774135

http://shantyboatliving.com/2011/free-plans-2-sheet-rowboatcanoe/
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?117707-Little-Guide-a-one-sheet-canoe
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?117707-Little-Guide-a-one-sheet-canoe&highlight=
http://www.amazon.com/Building-Sweet-Dream-Ultralight-Single/dp/1888671033
http://www.bandbyachtdesigns.com/mocci.htm
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?159619-May-I-introduce-you-to-the-Flywood-Family
http://www.bateau2.com/free/ccanoeUS.PDF
http://makezine.com/2010/11/16/18-canoe-from-single-sheet-of-plywo/
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?165793-Plywood-Canoe-Concept-Birchbark-Style
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?166618-looking-for-plans-for-a-solo-plywood-canoe
http://flo-mo.weebly.com/two-sheet-boats.html
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?158400-The-Ultimate-One-Sheet-Boat
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?158400-The-Ultimate-One-Sheet-Boat
http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/03/r/columns/welsford/011/john.htm
http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?42816-Stitch-amp-glue-with-polyester
http://www.duckworksbbs.com/plans/gavin/cinderella/
http://www.woodworkforums.com/archive/index.php/t-114816.html
http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/archives.htm

Here are other links that contain other info.

http://www.makeacanoe.com/opencanoesupto15.htm#CHRISTINE

http://www.makeacanoe.com/index.htm

http://www.makeacanoe.com/opencanoesupto15.htm

http://www.makeacanoe.com/opencanoesupto15.htm

http://www.makeacanoe.com/motorcanoes.htm

http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?18033-osprey-glue-and-stitch

http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?27398-Lightweight-solo-stitch-and-glue-canoe-recommendation

http://www.makeamodelboat.com/model-boat-plans/model-canoes/christine-canoe

http://substantialorganization029.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/diy-canoe-plans-easy-pdf-download/

http://intheboatshed.net/2010/11/07/alan-stancombe-builds-his-second-cinderella-and-does-a-super-job/

http://www.boatdesigns.com/Human-Power/departments/8/

http://www.glen-l.com/designs/canu-row/pirogue.html

http://www.selway-fisher.com/Opcan16.htm

http://www.selway-fisher.com/Opcan15.htm#SHER

http://www.selway-fisher.com/Opcan15.htm#HER

http://www.selway-fisher.com/Opcan15.htm#HAZELNUT

http://www.makeamodelboat.com/

http://www.devlinboat.com/stitchandglue.php

http://www.storerboatplans.com/Eureka/Eurekacanoes.html

http://intheboatshed.net/free-boat-plans-at-intheboatshednet/

http://intheboatshed.net/2010/11/07/alan-stancombe-builds-his-second-cinderella-and-does-a-super-job/

http://www.storerboatplans.com/Eureka/Eurekacanoespage2.html

http://christinedemerchant.com/free-canoe-kayak-boat-plans.html

http://forum.woodenboat.com/archive/index.php/t-98643.html

http://intheboatshed.net/2010/08/13/alan-stancombe-makes-a-nice-job-of-his-cinderella-open-canoe-marie-rose/

http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/r/plansindex/canoe.htm

http://intheboatshed.net/2007/03/21/a-cinderella-canoe-adapted-for-rowing/

http://forum.woodenboat.com/archive/index.php/t-98643.html

http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/07/projects/cinderella/index.htm

http://www.tdem.co.nz/links/free-boat-plans

http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?8544-The-most-rediculous-build-i-can-think-of!!!

http://christinedemerchant.com/free-canoe-kayak-boat-plans.html

http://sitevelocitytest.com/free/free-canoe-plans.html

http://www.bateau2.com/free/cheapcanoe.htm

http://www.paddling.net/message/showThread.html?fid=advice&tid=1512989

http://home.clara.net/gmatkin/design.htm

http://sandypointboatworks.com/boatstore/canoe-plans

http://heirloomkayak.com/

http://www.bearmountainboats.com/130-rob-roy/

http://sandypointboatworks.com/boatstore/canoe-plans

http://www.greenval.com/

http://www.tendercraftboats.com/catalogue_kits.pdf

http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/r/plansindex/canoe.htm

http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/boat-plans/stitch-and-glue-boat-plans/skerry-rowing-sailing-dinghy-kit.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_MacGregor_%28sportsman%29

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8.7.14 Update

So we still working on his and about to start mine. I wanted to include some additional links and even some to fun reading.

http://www.wcha.org/literature/perfect/  .. Funny dated read but very funny if y0u are in to canoes.

http://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Miles-Rob-Roy-Canoe/dp/1929516061

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/40238/40238-h/40238-h.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_MacGregor_%28sportsman%29

http://www.wcha.org/literature.php

I am going with the Rob Roy canoe and plans: http://www.boatdesigns.com/14-5-Rob-Roy-SG-canoe/products/182/

They have already been ordered and I am waiting on them to arrive.

This is  a link to one of the most beautiful canoes but not one I am ready to even consider building.
http://www.woodenboat.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/boat_launchings/Bradley_5_02.jpg?itok=Efqo4XKz
http://www.woodenboat.com/launchings/unnamed-canoe-5

http://kevinmartin.wcha.org/robroy.php

http://www.pittsfordlumber.com/Pittsford-Lumber/boats-canoes-and-kayaks.html

http://www.gaboats.com/boats/snowshoe12.html

http://www.noahsmarine.com/United_States/Strip_Canoes-us/Canoe_Plans-us/canoe_plans-us.html

http://www.ourhomefromscratch.com/2014/05/home-scratch-4-andreas-custom-vanity/

http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/boat-plans/canoe-plans/sassafras-16-stitch-and-glue-canoe-kit.html

http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/boat-plans/canoe-plans/nymph-strip-planked-pack-canoe.html

http://www.clcboats.com/shop/?type=kp

http://www.makeacanoe.com/opencanoesupto15.htm#CHRISTINE

Next I need to start looking at ways to stow them. I have a royal-x Bell that is just sitting out and I need to fix this and we are about to have two more boats to store as well. Here are some links to canoe storage solutions. I should make this its on post someday.

http://www.trails.com/how_10944_build-canoe-rack.html

http://www.theclassicarchives.com/how-to-guides/free-canoe-boat-rack-wood-plans

http://www.ehow.com/way_5664193_diy-plan-wooden-canoe-rack.html

http://www.trails.com/how_34531_diy-plan-wooden-canoe-rack.html

Sailing and sail plans:

http://www.thecheappages.com/tiphys/Practical_5.html

August 25, 2013

Paper Card Modeling, making models and memories!

There is a cheap and historically interesting way to make models. It is using graphics that are printed on card stock and then cut out and folded and glued to assemble the model. These models can be of anything. It is part puzzle and all fun. It is cheap and can be done by anyone and anywhere. They are of vehicles, buildings, air and water craft as well as figurines of animals, people or more.

Some are actually considered toys as they are functional and actually fly or have moving parts.  Here are some links to sites that I like for this recreational and interesting hobby. I put these here for myself as a way to keep track of them as well as others.  Enjoy and go check them out! Many even have free samples that are really fun to start with.

Of course there is wikipedia. You have to look there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_model

On of the many commercial sites that I have visited is Fiddler’s Green. It is a community of modelers and designers who love the hobby have a lot of fun at it. They have a lot of interesting information on the models they have. There is usually information on the model subject and its historical and social significance and also often on the model designer as well. That part is almost more fun that the modeling.

https://www.fiddlersgreen.net/

http://www.papermodeldownload.com/

http://www.papermodelhouses.com/

http://www.papermodeldownload.com/home/product-splash-stub/

http://www.ecardmodels.com/index.php/free-models.html

http://www.cardmodelers.org/download.html

http://www.scalemodelnews.com/2009/05/free-card-models-to-download-from.html

http://www.cardfaq.org/faq/freeb.html

http://www.cardfaq.org/faq/

http://www.ecardmodels.com/

http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/card-models/

http://www.currell.net/models/

http://www.currell.net/models/mod_free.htm

http://www.zealot.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=633

http://www.cardmodelers.org/

http://www.bobscardmodels.net76.net/

http://www.paper-replika.com/index.php?option=com_alphacontent&section=10&Itemid=169

http://www.cardmodels.info/

http://www.grubby-fingers-aircraft-illustration.com/card_models.html

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=3706

http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1394

http://www.paperpanzer.co.uk/Links/Site%20Links.htm

http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/modeling/card-models-free-downloads-31502.html

http://www.cardmodels.info/free-models/

They are often used in other games and hobbies. Some are used in historical games, some in fantasy games and many are used to establish scenery on model railroads.
http://winterof79.blogspot.com/2012/04/free-c20th-download-and-print-buildings.html

http://www.papercraftsquare.com/douglas-dc-6b-water-bomber-free-aircraft-card-model-download.html

http://www.largescaleplanes.com/Photostory/JimMerrigan/Paper/Paper.php

http://www.scalemodelnews.com/2013/03/free-models-on-offer-from-ecard-models.html

http://www.tomtom-net.de/resources/cardmodel/cardmodel_f.htm

http://tektonten.blogspot.com/2010_11_01_archive.html

http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=2032

http://www.newrailwaymodellers.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=29587&start=525

http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/aviation/5476-my-dga-models-1-200-a-13.html

There thousands more pages and places on the internet to find information and sources of files to print and model. Some are very basic and the result of unskilled designers and some is amazing as to the detail you can get out of a piece of paper.  No matter what you are interested in, take a look. My grand daughter still has the first models we did and talks about them often!  Make a memory for someone special!

August 17, 2012

All roads lead to adventure on the Nehalem River

A campground set amid an old-growth forest of Douglas fir, cedar, spruce and hemlock awaits visitors who make their way to a beautiful location in the Tillamook State Forest, about 10 miles inland from Manzanita on the Oregon coast.

Main attraction: The Nehalem River Road , mostly paved but gravel in places, follows its namesake’s curves as the river flows through the Coast Range to empty in Nehalem Bay . The Nehalem Falls campground has 14 drive-in campsites, not a lot for a summer weekend but usually enough for other days. Campers who can’t find a spot head north on the river road to Clatsop County ‘s Spruce Run Park , or pitch a tent in an undeveloped site along the river.

Trails/users: Nehalem Falls campground has one mile of trail that loops through the old trees, never far from the river’s beautiful pools. For more hiking, look for the parking area at the Salmonberry River, eight miles north of the campground. Hikers can walk the lightly used railroad tracks upriver into one of the wilder parts of the Coast Range. Be cautious because freight and excursion trains occasionally use the tracks.

Season: Nehalem River Road is open all year. Busiest times are whenever the salmon and steelhead are running. Hot summer days bring out swimmers, while the golden leaves of fall have their own beauty. The campground is open May 1 through September.

Getting there: Nehalem River Road connects U.S. 26 near Elsie with U.S. 101 near Mohler. Finding the north entrance is a bit tricky when hurrying along at 55 mph. The turnoff is in the Coast Range , east of Oregon 53 (the cutoff highway between U.S. 26 and Manzanita).

When driving west from Portland , look for the Nehalem River Road ‘s north entrance at milepost 20.4, about 55 miles west of the city. When driving east from Seaside , the turnoff comes at milepost 19.8. Due to sharp curves and limited visibility, each traveling direction has its own approach. If you miss the turn when heading west (it comes up very fast), continue driving west one mile to the Elsie restaurant, then turn around.

Mileposts are measured from the U.S. 26-U.S. 101 junction at the coast.

Nehalem Falls campground is 20 miles south of U.S. 26.

To reach the southern end of the Nehalem River Road , drive north on U.S. 101 from Wheeler for a half mile. Turn right on Oregon 53 toward Mohler. At 1.3 miles from U.S. 101, turn right, drive 0.9 miles, then turn left on Foss Road . Nehalem Falls campground is seven miles north.

Trail tips: Anyone who plans to spend much time in the Tillamook State Forest should have a copy of the Tillamook State Forest Visitor Map and Guide, along with the book “50 Hikes in the Tillamook State Forest ” by the Sierra Club.

Cost: Day recreation is free in the Tillamook State Forest . The map sells for $6 from the Oregon Department of Forestry, the book for $14.95 (plus shipping) from the Columbia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Camping is $10 per night.

Information: Oregon Department of Forestry, Forest Grove, 503-357-2191, or http://www.odf.state.or.us

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