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In my opinion the easiest and most efficient way is to take online tests and online flashcards.  It took me about three weeks of doing flashcards and taking tests before I was ready  to get my license.  Here is a link to the website that I used to study!

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I recently got this radio at a hamfest for fifty dollars.  It has been a very good radio, I really like the fact that it is a twin band instead of a dual band because it is very easy to convert to a cross band repeater and it has two coax cables run out the back.  It has two memory banks one for two meters and another for seventy centimeters.  It outputs fifty five watts  on high power and twenty on low power and has a fully adjustable squelch!  Here is a picture.

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I made a post awhile back about the HamQuest, here is a follow up post!  I enjoyed the HamQuest very much and plan to set up there next year!  There were about six hundred people there and the ten dollar all you can eat breakfast was awesome!  It had great interstate access.  I hope to see you there next year!       IMG_3955

 

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I just bought my hunting and fishing license.  I was surprised that as long  as you are under sixteen it only costs ten dollars for a license that will last you an entire year!  Which was surprising because if you by one after you are sixteen it is thirty dollars!  You can Get these licenses at wal/mart or any other bait shop.

In this post I will be showing you my Camillus knife.  I bought this knife at Wal/mart for ten dollars.  The reasons I bought this knife are it has a full tang, it has a slip resistant handle, and the blade is titanium.  There are more reasons but I can’t list them all.  Over all I would buy this knife again.  Here are pictures!

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In this post I will be showing you how to replace electrical outlets.  Surprisingly enough, this project doesn’t require a lot of tools and is fairly simple.  The first thing you need to do is to turn off the breaker. Then unscrew the outlet from the wall. is to pull the outlet out of the wall as far as possible. Preferably, the wires should be straight.  In my case, my outlets had holes that I plugged the wires into.  Simply put the wires in the same way they came out.  All you have to do now is to unscrew the green screw and twist your ground wire around it then tighten it.  Now put the outlet back in the wall and tighten the screws.

 

 

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In this post I will tell you How to tell when your knife is sharp.  In the past I have been told that you should drag your thumb along the blade, that way is okay but you can cut your thumb very easily.  Other  people have suggested that I try to shave with the knife. That only works if your knife is razor sharp.The way I like is to get a hunk of wood and whittle on it if your knife is sharp the shavings should be long, thin, and curly.  Here is a pitchers of what it should look like.

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Blue X is where we are set up at the Wilson County Fairgrounds for field day.  Green roads are where you need to drive to park close to us, the red areas have all been blocked off by other people that have set up in the roads.

This is a great documentation of a spot-welder build:

http://www.avdweb.nl/tech-tips/spot-welder.html

Torroidal coil transformer

Torroidal coil transformer

I believe we have the large gauge wire and the microwave oven transformer already.  Hmmmm….. I guess we will just need a day with nothing else to do!

We have a hobby of taking things apart. You can learn quite a bit about how different things work by disassembling them. Additionally, the parts you scavenge can be utilized in other projects that may otherwise be financially unfeasible.

The difficulty arises when one attempts to store all of the various and sundry items that one inevitably accumulates from this hobby. Our current strategy is to photograph items, label them with a description and store them in large pallet sized tote. We have far more storage available on the property than we have under roof, so the tote option keeps them mostly safe from the elements and easy to recall by searching through digital image files. I have attached a handful of some of the items we have collected.

Any suggestions for what we might build with them?

Peltier cooler

Peltier cooler

Torroidal coil transformer

Torroidal coil transformer

Big screen TV projection lens

Big screen TV projection lens

Dual squirrel cage fan assembly

Dual squirrel cage fan assembly

Speakers, power supplies and controllers

Speakers, power supplies and controllers

12v DC pump

12v DC pump

Dual DC motor assembly

Dual DC motor assembly

Ink pump

Ink pump

AC capacitor start motor

AC capacitor start motor

AC capacitor start motor

AC capacitor start motor

Servo assembly with magnetic solenoid

Servo assembly with magnetic solenoid

Sony viewfinder from a Betacam

Sony viewfinder from a Betacam

A couple of scooter motors in the 350 watt range

A couple of scooter motors in the 350 watt range

Washer pump

Washer pump

Dishwasher motor

Dishwasher motor

AC geared motor

AC geared motor

AC motor with capacitor start

AC motor with capacitor start

I was touring my scrap wood pile the other day and stumbled upon the base of a wooden kitchen chair. Hmm…some decorative sticks, with holes and dowels…they made a great gavel.

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I took two of the handle pieces, cut it off at the right place, then stuck the handle (with already  attached dowel), into the pre-drilled hole. I originally tried gluing the two pieces together, but had an issue with the glue and just opted to shoot a fine-threaded screw in through the side of the head, going into the dowel.

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After brushing on a finish it looked pretty good. Certainly an interesting conversation piece. If you ever need to find out who’s in charge at a meting, look for the guy with his own gavel!!!

IMG_3467  Three weeks ago one of our does (tiny) kindled 4 kits, 1 still born. Not a huge litter, but the kits themselves were very large. Most litters are out of the  box by 3 weeks, not this time. They mere moving around the box, but showed no interest in coming out. My goal is to have kits weaned by 6 weeks, meaning they need a first taste of pellets at 3. I put a flat, smooth piece of wood on one side of the cage for them to stand on, as wire is hard on the kits. Next I waited for the warm part of the day (around 60, better than I could hope for in Nov.) and took all 3 out of the box. They began exploring the wood and all piled on to try and nurse once they saw tiny. I gave them a few pellets and let them be for the night.

IMG_3471 This morning they were doing fine and slept outside the nest. I will leave the nest in for at least a week, mostly as a refuge for tiny who’s milk is always in demand. I am no longer giving tiny alfalfa  as it could kill the kits until they are used to solid food. I gave them a container of their own feed this morning and they made quite a dent in it. I also squeezed the waterer letting some water drip out. Two just licked it off the wood, while one actually drank. Before long they can share a feeder with tiny, just as soon as they can reach it.

IMG_3473I’m glad that they are doing well. Tiny still has mild ear mites, I will keep giving her mineral oil in the ears every few days. Once the kits are gone I may give her some antibiotic cream.

 

Attaching the controls –

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The back side, and plumbing for the gas –

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The burner an remaining gas lines installed –

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And a quick test to see that it burns before permanently attaching the gas lines –

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