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…been awhile…

So, its been a while since I posted…

It’s also been a while since I’ve done anything with ham radio. But, that’s changing soon.

I now live in Central Minnesota, in a little town called Big Lake. I miss Hawaii, I miss the EARC group, and I miss the Navy. But, I’m settling in here and finally got my FT7800 out and on the air last week. Turns out, the Sherburne County ARES does a Monday night net on the nearby Elk River repeater. I checked in as a guest the other night and was warmly welcomed.

After a little poking around on their website, www.shercoares.org I have decided to join the group. So, we’ll see where that takes me. At least its good to be using the radio again!

…DIY Alcohol Stove…

In our emergency and portable kits should be some way of emergency cooking. For me, I’ve been playing around with ultralight stoves made out of pop cans. I have finally settled on a design I like. It works well, burns just about anything (isopropyl alcohol, denatured alcohol[recommended], methyl alcohol, heet antifreeze – basically if it burns you can use it), and is small and portable.

http://back2dabike.wordpress.com/my-rides/tour-of-oahu/homemade-stove/

I have the instructions, photos, disclaimer, and video posted on my biking site via the above link.

Please let me know if you try it and how you like it!

73’s!

…FT-7800R Portable…

I finally finished my portable setup!

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How portable? Well, the antenna, the pvc standoffs, the tripod base, the antenna cable, and the power cable all break down to fit in a croquet bag. The radio, mic, manual, and logbook all fit in a little fanny pack. To protect the radio in the fanny pack, it slides into a foam filter for a wet/dry vacuum.

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It’s a Yaesu FT-7800R with Anderson Power Pole connectors and 10ft of cable. To connect to a power source, I have 3 options: Connect to a car with a RigRunner (my wife’s Jeep, my Jeep). Connect to any car with the cigarette lighter adapter (not for extended operations, really just emergency use). Connect straight to a battery with the mini jumper cable adapter.

The antenna cable is 15ft of RG-6 coax, with the appropriate ends soldered/crimped on.

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The antenna is an Arrow Antenna OSJ 146/440 J-Pole. I paid the extra money to have the long element break down into 3 pieces. Both removable thirds of the long element screw into the angle bracket base for storage.

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The tripod base is an old rocket launcher made by a company no longer in business. Someone really should get the rights to this and make these again! Best part is that I didn’t have to modify the tripod at all, so I can still use it as a rocket launcher when I move back to the mainland… (no real rocket activity out here on Oahu).

To stand the antenna off from the tripod, I used a couple sections of pvc. If I need the antenna higher, I simple add another section.

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The whole thing needs less than 5 minutes to set up, and occupies very little space in the back of the Jeep. To take it elsewhere, simply put on the fannypack and throw the croquet bag over your shoulder. It’s all very light.