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All Things Plastic?

Feeling rooked?

I am writing this as I think the “blush” of a new love has worn off. The love was infatuation with the process of three-dimensional printing. I truly like using the process but now only for purposes where it makes real sense. Printed plastic parts have a place in many things I like to make. That’s not going away.

I have also made a huge box full of useless plastic junk just because it was possible. Yes, it was fun. But it is still useless junk. I gave most of it to my young granddaughter as “toys” to play with. I think that qualifies me […] Continue reading » All Things Plastic?

New WWW Home for W5EHS

Dan, W5EHS holding the brand new FT-60R

I have ventured down a new path and have just added a new subject to my ever growing list of personal web sites. The URL on this latest presentation is, short and simple. That is the call sign for my amateur radio station license. For hams it also represents our persona as well as station identification.

Until this creation, my amateur radio activities have been spread throughout all my blogs and web sites. They can be found with a tag search and sometimes a category search. Recently, as I reactivate and intensify this near 50 year involvement […] Continue reading » New WWW Home for W5EHS

Microwave First Step Again

I have now attended several meetings of the NTMS (North Texas Microwave Society) and paid some dues for membership. I started down this path way back in 2009. Where has the six years gone since I first started in this direction! Yipes! There are posts here in RD back then when I first got interested.

Since then I obtained some ideas and leads on how to build my first microwave transverter. I reported 6 years ago I have a 28 MHz (10 meter) transceiver I can use for my base receiver/transmitter. From there I now intend to build a 144 MHz (2 meter) stage that converts from […] Continue reading » Microwave First Step Again

Raspberry Pi Again

Raspberry Pi Model B

I posted on this little computer when I first acquired it in December 2012. Raspbery Pi was first released (model A) in January that year. The entire computer is contained on the single PC Board seen in the photograph. It is powering the full screen HD graphical display seen on the monitor. The cost was $25.00 for the complete board. This one is called “Raspberry Pi” Model B and was released in October 2012.

The design has gone through several revisions more and the maker has just released a Pi “2” Model B version that features a quad core CPU running at […] Continue reading » Raspberry Pi Again

Very and Ultra Radio Active

I am back on VHF and UHF amateur radio again. My old equipment, an Icom IC-24AT proved out to be a totally dead cat. (Sorry cat lovers, but it happens.) I had to get a new one.

The small hand held “Handy Talkies” or Handheld Transceivers (HT) have gained a lot of “features” since the late nineteen hundreds when I purchased the Icom. A plain old HT radio only, no longer exists.

The long standing Yeasu FT-60 shown here is as close as I could get to a “minimal” dual band hand held. I am not quoting price, just features. The FT-60 has over 1000 memory channels as if I […] Continue reading » Very and Ultra Radio Active