Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

September 9, 2015

Retro Arcade Linux Puppy Style

Filed under: Computing,Family,Games,Linux,Tools and Projects — rmay4 @ 7:56 am
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Of the many things I find interesting in Linux is a distro devoted to classic arcade games. There are more than one but Puppy seems to have a really good one that can run from a thumb drive or on a Raspberry Pi.

I will develop this article around checking them out,

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install-puppy-arcade-to-a-flash-drive-from-windows/

https://code.google.com/p/groovyarcade/

http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2014/04/puppy-arcade-11-portable-retrogaming.html

http://www.linuxvoice.com/arcade-machine/

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/puppy-arcade-retro-gaming-live-cd.3205

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November 9, 2014

After more antenna research for the GMRS/MURS bands…

I was thinking most any dual band 2M/70CM ham antenna would work fine for me to operate on the GMRS and MURS bands but it is not really true. The antennas can not tune effeciently to those frequencies. I am finding if I want to operate mainly in those bands I need an antenna designed and tuned for them.

In trying to keep costs down I found a few to consider that seem to do the job.

This one I found on Ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-Band-VHF-UHF-Base-Antenna-Ham-Commercial-MURS-GMRS-FRS-DBJ-1-/121467477149?

 

It might be other places but it appears to be a kit that requires some assembly and a piece of PVC pipe and the hardware to mount it. I can not find a company that sells it complete. It appears to be an individual making them and selling them on ebay.

Then there is the Slim Jim sold by Two Way Electronics which appears to be a very portable and affordable unit that can be portable, hung on the wall inside the home or used with a piece of PVC to to mount it on a mast outside or in the attic.
http://www.2wayelectronix.com/Dual-band-MURS-GMRS-Slim-Jim-Antenna-dualmurs.htm. Here is the owners web site with more info and ideas on how to mount and tune the antenna. http://www.n9tax.com/Slim%20Jim%20Info.html

 

The other options is a little more expensive but seems to be the better built and designed J-Pole Antenna meant to be mast mounted and seems to be indestructible and made by Arrow. http://www.arrowantennas.com and click on Open Stub J-Pole and the band you are looking for.

 

Another company makes a single band GMRS mast antenna. It is not dual band but seems well made and with plenty of gain made by DPD Products.  http://www.dpdproductions.com/page_gmrs.html

 

So far these appear to be the best options I can commercially or to buy to operate efficiently on the GMSR and MURS radio bands.  Of course there are tons of homebrew plans and options that can be made. You can made a simple 1/4 wave ground plane to your own J-Pole or Yagi or Loop antennas. Here are many plans here.  No matter what you do, the best plan is to use an antenna that is designed to do the job you want it to do.

No matter what antenna you end up with, you will need a SWR meter to test it with. You can spend a lot of money on these for sure. About the least amount of money you can spend and still get one that works and works across the 2M and 70CM ham bands is the http://redmancb.com/custom-lighted-workman-104-swr-watt-power-test-meter-vhf-uhf-ham-radio-120-500-mhz-dual-band/. It is not perfect but seems to get you on paper and some idea of where you are.

73 and see you on the air.

 

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

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2014

Portable Handheld Ham Radio Baofeng / Pofung

I always wanted to get involved in ham radio. I wanted to atleast get an affordable radio that I could monitor and start to listen to and familiarize myself with the community and see if I really wanted to get my license. The price range was prohibitive. They were always too expensive just to “try”. Enter the Chinese mfg that makes a radio that is very popular with ham radio enthusiasts, Baufeng.  The UV- 5RE PLUS seems to be the most popular model. The Pofung UV-B5, seems to be about the same radio. There seems to be some move to re-name Baofeng to Pofung. They are the same mfg. and even the same software CHIRP can be used to modify them. The best thing from Amazon, you can get a fully functional dual band handheld ham radio with 2 day prime shipping for a little over $30. Now that got my attention. At that price range, why even buy the bubble pack FSR/GMSR radios. For $70, I can get a pair of these and program them the same freq in channel mode so it operates the same there and then I have the rest of the 99 programmable channels that I select with anything else I want. Without a lisc, I can not transmit on most but I can listen and even scan channels such as local police and fire in some areas, local business like the local towing company and ambulance company which is all a lot more interesting than bubble pack radios from Walmart!

The post will be where I start the discussion and post the links I find interesting or worth investigation in my fun adventure!

Here are links to sites with data and info on these radios and how to use them.

http://baofengtech.com/
http://baofengtech.com/

http://uv5r.net/

This site seems to have a ton of info on all the radios made by this mfg: http://www.miklor.com/

http://uv5r.net/review-of-the-baofeng-uv-b5/

I found them on Amazon for the best price and service so far: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BXVOKTW/?tag=uv5r.net-20

Here is the Pofung manual: http://www.miklor.com/UVB5/pdf/UVB5_Manual.pdf

Here is another supposed improved model by the same mfg, the GT-3 : http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-GT-3-Transceiver-Chipsets-Upgraded/dp/B00HHOL1HI/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1410246013&sr=1-3&keywords=baofeng+gt-3

http://uv5r.net/quick-baofeng-gt-3-review/

http://uv5r.net/the-best-hf-verticle-antennas-on-the-market/

http://uv5r.net/swap-it-out-the-best-antennas-for-the-baofeng-uv-5r/

http://www.csgnetwork.com/antennagpcalc.html

http://uv5r.net/the-best-shortwave-radios-and-do-it-yourself-kits/

http://www.miklor.com/COM/pdf/AntennaTestingW9MDB.pdf

http://uv5r.net/swap-it-out-the-best-antennas-for-the-baofeng-uv-5r/

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AT3RO2K?psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/Pofung-BF-S112-Two-Radio-Speaker/dp/B008RZ0EQ0/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=003WZ90831ZFHGPTF0AW

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KDRV91E?psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-GT-3-Mark-II-Transceiver-Dual-Band/dp/B00GCZVXPI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1410246013&sr=1-1&keywords=baofeng+gt-3

http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-Programming-Cable-BAOFENG-BF-888S/dp/B00CP0I474/ref=pd_tcs_compl_e_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=0PEAGB43B3D87SBEZ58P

http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Protection-Baofeng-UV-5R-UV-5RE/dp/B00D8UF0WW/ref=pd_tcs_compl_e_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=0PEAGB43B3D87SBEZ58P

http://www.amazon.com/Tram-1185-Amateur-Dual-Band-Antenna/dp/B0045EQUBK/ref=pd_tcs_compl_e_14?ie=UTF8&refRID=0HJ6HDBYPFVNQ4TBZSF0

http://www.amazon.com/DHT-Handheld-Antenna-Baofeng-Quasheng/dp/B00COKNKS8/ref=pd_tcs_compl_e_11?ie=UTF8&refRID=0HJ6HDBYPFVNQ4TBZSF0

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJEFRIQ?psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009KY1V5A?psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYP4RA0?psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KDRV91E?psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/Hypario%C2%AE-Nagoya-Antenna-Kenwood-BAOFENG/dp/B00HUDU1V8/ref=pd_tcs_compl_e_9?ie=UTF8&refRID=0PEAGB43B3D87SBEZ58P

http://www.amazon.com/ExpertPower%C2%AE-430Mhz-Antenna-BAOFENG-KG-UVD1P/dp/B008Y2SPH6/ref=pd_tcs_compl_e_7?ie=UTF8&refRID=0PEAGB43B3D87SBEZ58P

http://www.amazon.com/ExpertPower%C2%AE-430Mhz-Antenna-BAOFENG-KG-UVD1P/dp/B008Y2SPE4/ref=pd_tcs_compl_e_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0PEAGB43B3D87SBEZ58P

http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-3800mAh-Battery-UV-5R-L-ExpertPower%C2%AE/dp/B00ATTVKFQ/ref=pd_tcs_compl_e_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0PEAGB43B3D87SBEZ58P

http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-GT-3-Transceiver-Chipsets-Upgraded/dp/B00HHOL1HI/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1410246013&sr=1-3&keywords=baofeng+gt-3

Here is a Video review with tips :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAaJHG-jEas

Use them with the FRS/GMRS bubble pack radios:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsymHdt1GA4

From Tom’s Radio Room:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqAFovS4wp0

Antenna video review:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVJDwy6Fj7A

How to hack them:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQCTBnD8dBM

Programming:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bsjkCBm33Y

Baofeng UVB5 + homebrew 2m diapole
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E00kMNScCsg

As comms for preppers, security and survival:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkjn1oyD4YQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNcP4NMwzQU

The BF-F9 seems to cover the 2M band (220)
http://chirp.danplanet.com/issues/1077

The KT-980HP in Europe is the BF-F8HP (High Power) for the US market. While the KT-960, is the older UV-5R model as seen here in the states and such, http://www.k-po.com/INTEK-KT-980-HP.2.html

Here is the link for the high power model but it is not available when I checked.
http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8HP-TRI-POWER-Dual-Band-Transceiver/dp/B00MAULSOK/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0YHNZA46826547AKHXR7

 

http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-82L-Two-Radio-Black/dp/B00F4OOMQ0/ref=pd_cp_e_1

http://www.amazon.com/Pofung-UV-82-Black-Two-Way-Radio/dp/B00E4KLY34/ref=pd_cp_e_0

http://www.brickolore.com/2012/12/baofeng-bf-f9.html

http://www.baofengradio.co.uk/bf-f9/

http://threeoldcrows.com/shop/magento/baofeng-bf-f9-tri-color-lcd-display-dual-band-uhf-vhf-handheld-transceiver.html

http://www.409shop.com/409shop_product.php?id=109152

http://www.buytwowayradios.com/products/baofeng/bf-f9-bw.aspx

http://mt.cricketventures.com/mt/mt-search.cgi?blog_id=2&tag=BF-F9&limit=20

http://chirp.danplanet.com/issues/1077

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=bf-f9&sprefix=bf-f9%2Celectronics

http://www.miklor.com/COM/Review_F8HP.php

http://www.brickolore.com/2014/08/baofeng-bf-f8hp-high-power.html

http://chirp.danplanet.com/issues/1765

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/11882

https://www.facebook.com/PofungBaoFeng/posts/815295771848625

http://radioaficion.com/cms/baofeng-bf-f8hp/

http://www.miklor.com/COM/Review_F8HP.php

http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8HP-TRI-POWER-Dual-Band-Transceiver/dp/B00MAULSOK

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BF-F8-Porable-BAOFENG-Walkie-Talkie-Ham-Radio-with-Emergency-Alarm-Scanning-/141380548460?pt=2_Way_Radios_FRS&hash=item20eaeff76c

http://baofengtech.com/bf-f8hp

http://baofengtech.com/bf-f8+

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8-Warranty-Dual-Band-Transceiver/dp/B00IQFH1KS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410332510&sr=8-2&keywords=sold+by+baofeng+tech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JGFY_aam1E

 

 

 

 

Other Radios that are nice and affordable:

IOCOM Mobile: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GS8CCD6?psc=1

 

 

 

October 17, 2013

Airmail Pens from India

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Yesterday I got 2 pens in the mail from an Ebay seller called Sundaystreets. They sell among other things new fountain pens made by a company called Airmail Pens

They both ED or Eye Dropper pens. This means there is no filling system or cartridge for these. You just open them up and fill them up with ink and then screw them back together. It is just that weird and simple.

I discovered this brand of pens when I bought a Walty pen from an Ebay seller. It is also a pen mfg located in Indie but this one used a cartridge. I liked the nib as it was more flexible than most pens and I just got into liking flex pens.

So far I have cleaned and examined the two new pen but have not inked them yet. I wanted to take a couple of pics before I filled them with ink. Maybe tomorrow will hold more promise for that! I will also get photos of them up.

October 8, 2013

Private Reserve Fiesta Red FP ink

I got a sample of this ink and have been trying it out in my new Ahab pen from Noodlers. I love the pen and I love the color. What I do not love is that that wet writing pen lays down a beautiful expressive line that might not completely dry for well over a minute. I noticed especially the heavy down stokes.

The dark pen with that muted red ink are beautiful for sure, I just have to use it for select writing only!

Happy Writing.

Randy

August 26, 2013

Mini Computers

I recently discovered the Raspberry Pi mini single board computer that runs on Linux fits totally into a case the size of small or medium size book but packs a lot of power for living room browsing on your TV, watching movies or other solutions.

Here is a link on Amazon to buy the hardware for the  Raspberry Pi. Here is a book that gets you on the right track as well. You can add many accessories to to add functionality and power. Wireless access is a critical one.

Here are links to other info on it.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

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

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1319050

http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1318834&

This could be a low power option for preparedness solutions as well. Running Linux, it should run well Portable Apps as well.

One day soon I hope to be able to purchase one check it out for myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

November 10, 2012

Would you survive an Electrical Outage? Even a Small One?

I read the article below and then read the articles from Sandy, from Katrina and the like and think but for the grace of God, there go I. I only a little more prepared than many of these people were and less than some. Here is a great list of things that we can do to make it through first 3 to 5 days.

I would ad to this list, garbage bags as in many areas, the garbage service did not run for more than a week and garbage began to pile up. Also, since gasoline  is a commodity that gets hard to acquire quickly in most disasters. I am going to probably keep 10 GL on hand. In the communications department, make sure you have a way to charge cell phones without electricity and also add and emergency radio to be able to receive news and broadcast that does rely on electricity to operate. Batteries, solar or a hand crank generator are all good power sources. Some emergency radios can charge cell phones and the radio can be a source of entertainment as well!

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10 Power Outage PREPAREDNESS Tips: Easy Things You Can Do Today!

This past August We had a hurricane and a small earthquake here in Virginia in about the same week. We were without power for over a week at my house, other people were longer.  Cooking, cleaning, among other things were quite a challenge for everyone.

Below are 10  things Either I learned I needed to do differently next time or that I promise you are the first to go after a huge weather event that you will NOT be able to find.The good news is  you can grab a few  this week to feel like you’ve gotten a jump start on being better prepared.

With Hurricane and Tornado season coming soon here on the East Coast, in Virginia we have an upcoming tax free weekend for preparedness supplies. Batteries, tents, you name it will be on sale and you don’t have to pay sales tax, so it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on a few things.

1) Water: Many of you have stored water set aside, but you’d be shocked at how much we really use every day in our lives. a gallon per person per day is just the bare minimum for drinking and staying alive! It doesn’t count for dishes, laundry, bathing/hygiene/first aid, pets, etc.  Seriously stock pile water and store it under every bed in the house if you need to. Fill empty soda bottles, or buy the 5 gallon water containers from the store and slide them on their sides under the beds, couches, etc. (hey, the kids can’t cram their stuff under them when “cleaning” their rooms, when they have water bottles under them instead!)

2) Batteries.  I can assure you when you need them in an emergency, the D batteries as well as the C and 9 volts are impossible to find!  Batteries last longer if stored in the freezer. The perfect way to store them is in recycled plastic containers such as spice jars and crystal light drink containers!
Stock up while they are on sale, label some empty plastic containers and store in the door of your freezer.
You can never have enough of these.

Ways to recycle plastic containers

3)  Fuel: Cooking, driving, and generator’, and misc:
               Cooking: Stock up on several kinds of fuel for cooking. With Memorial Day around the corner, they will be on sale.  Pick up some propane either the little green coleman ones or a couple of big propane tanks (like fit on your gas grills: we have 3). Also stockpile charcoal, lighter fluid and matches, matches, matches! You can never have enough of these and your neighbors will be desparate, so plan on an extra bag or two to share with loved ones that weren’t prepared.  We have like 20 bags stored away that we picked up on sale.  Don’t forget the lighter fluid and matches!



             Driving & generators: I guarantee you, the first thing that people have problems with everytime we have an extended power outage due to extreme weather is gasoline. People drive everywhere looking for any open and working gas station and the lines are CRAZY!  Do yourself a favor. This week pick up some appropriate 5 gallon gasoline containers and fill them! I know gas is expensive, but you will really appriciate it when you can drive a little bit or fuel your generator without going all over the place.  You can use them for your lawn mower to rotate and freshen the supply, but get more than one and store them properly.

 Miscellaneous: If you have oil lamps stock up on clear lamp oil and grab some extra wicks. If you don’t have an oil lamp consider buying one or two.It helps to light up larger rooms like your family room in the evenings, when it’s too early to go to bed and your’ all hanging out together.  Also stock up on long burning emergency candles. ( During power outages, we keep one burning in the bathroom in a safe spot.  We have no window so it’s pitch dark,  for sure in the middle of the night, so you can see to use the bathroom.


4)Food: Add some canned dinners/proteins to your pantry:  Take a second look at the food in your pantry. During emergencies cans of food that can be heated and served are a really a huge stress reducer.
So many of us are avoiding those premade conveneince foods, but  in a week or more with no power you will come to appriciate the simplicity of opening a can of something for dinner or lunch.
So add some canned hash, chili, ravioli, stews, etc. to your pantry.  I recommend,  that you plan a day’s worth of emergency food and store them altogether in a gallon sized ziplock bag and label them and set them in your panty.

Also make sure to have powdered milk and canned gravy. Canned gravy sure can make a lot of dry ingredients like rice and potatoes taste a lot better! Don’t underestimate the power of canned gravy for  your mental health!

Cooking oil: During world war II cooking oil was in such demand that  you could trade a quart of it for a ton of other foods and supplies! Without it you are forced to boil just about everything. Store some cooking oils and shortening cans away. You will not regret it!

5) Ice: Besides fuel, the next thing to disappear like in a matter of seconds at every store in town after a disaster is ice. If at all possible store some bags of ice in a deep freeze. If you don’t have a large separate freezer, try to store a few gallon sized freezer bags with extra ice and also identify the closest convenience store to you and keep some reserved cash on hand to run as quickly as you can to get some. It will help keep your food in your fridge or in my husbands case his diabetic insulin cold.


6) Non electric gadgets: Hand crank can openers, hand crank rechargers for phones (as well as car chargers for phones) and hand crank flashlights and radios, even duct tape to seal windows. along with a tarp, to duct tape and close off rooms  can help retain heat in the winter. Since we lost power in August in the south, the heat and humidity was awful! Being too hot makes you sooooo cranky!!!!!  Especially if you don’t have a generator, invest now in a few battery operated fans. In the camping section of the store their should be some that are small but stand alone so you can set them by your bed, etc. Also a heat source such as a propane heater  for winter, may be on clearance now that winter’s over. Seriously buy them this week. The peace of mind is priceless.









7)Communication With Family:  Prepare an emergency message command center out of state if possible.  When an earthquake hit (yes it was minor, thankfully) local cell phone towers were so jammed with calls that no one could reach their loved ones to check on each other. I couldn’t reach my husband or my youngest child in high school.  I found it much easier to reach my two oldest children who lived across the country.Often times long distance calls work better than local ones during an emergency.   So, decide on a common friend or family member, preferably out of state that can be your message relay center. Program that number into  your children, spouses, parents, etc phones.( put them on the schools emergency contact list on the child’s records)  whom everyone has the number to and can leave a message on how they are and where they are.

8) Umm…T.P… It’s miserable to run out!
More precious than gold maybe in an extended emergency is toilet paper. You could  not possibly store too much of this (or fuel, water ,or food).  You may need to share some with neighbors. Oh, and stash some extra feminine supplies, diapers, wipes, etc. specifically put these in a closet for an emergency.

9)  Misc. Necessities: Hygiene: tooth paste,  soaps, etc.,deodorant,  hand sanitizer. Grab some extra’s nothing makes you feel more human than feeling clean.
Other: Cash! When power outages hit for an extended period you can’t run to the bank or ATM’S! For heaven’s sake even though times are tight, next time the store clerk asks you if you need extra cash when you use your card, say yes and tuck a twenty dollar bill away for emergencies.  Start a small fund  no matter how small. Even a dollar a week is better than no cash at all when you need it! Do it!

10) Fun Activities The longest week of my teenagers life was without any electricty for his entertainment. Pick up some, games: Like uno cards, battleship,etc, books (especially ones that take you to another place like fantasy, mystery, etc.), simple crafts (playdoh etc) and put them away, so they are new and fun during an extended power outtage.

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