Category: "Amateur Radio"

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11/07/10

  02:57:24 pm, by The Dreamer   , 229 words  
Categories: Samsung HLN4365W1, Home, Safety & Security, Amateur Radio

End of DST 2010

So, Daylight Saving Time has come to an end this year. And, seems that there are still fewer clocks that I'm updating. Partly, because my new watch is atomic and does DST automatically now...and decided that clocks I don't use, don't need to be updated.

VX-7r clock continues to be a challenge every time I need to update it, but this time I figured it out without having to go online and track down its manual.

Tradition is to check the lamp timer on my HLN4365W1, and I had been in the service menu earlier this week...the image had inverted while I was switching between TiVos...not sure how that happened, but had to do a user reset to get the TV working again. Didn't look to closely at the upside down readout of the lamp timer. A quick peek now...its at 3701 hours.

So, I've added another 1337 hours since last end of DST. So, I probably have 1.5 to 2 years left. I had been thinking of replacing the TV ... though with other things that need replacing first, etc... I might plan on getting another bulb at some point. And, stop putting off the blu-ray player plans linked to getting a new display of 1080p...though a new display would have more HDMI inputs than my current display, which is kind of an issue.

Time to go take care of my smoke detectors....

09/16/10

  08:04:17 am, by The Dreamer   , 565 words  
Categories: General, Amateur Radio

iGive: Now supporting Sunflower CASA

Since I discovered the Causes application in Facebook, I've been doing the bulk of my regular monthly charity donations using it. Where each month a different cause. The list of 10-11 charities that I support using the app has varied over time. December is the exception, because I donate to a number of special causes through more direct (such as EFF, ASAA, Narcolepsy Network) And, there are also others that I support over the year, either through planned regular or other special one time (such as a monthly donation to Amnesty International, the quarterly to PlanUSA for my sponsored child [in Nepal], Shay's walk for March of Dimes, recently Toby's ride for MS).

But, before there was facebook and the Causes application, there was iGive.com. Originally, I had been invited to join the service by a friend with MS to support an organization that provides assistance to people with MS. iGive is like other online shopping sites that give percentage 'discount' on purchases...before iGive, I was using Stockback...where the percentage was invested in the S&P500. I even got the card, but shortly after that the bank became Chase and the program switched to another card provider (the program also went away and then came back...I didn't though). There are others that are more direct about cash back, etc. But, iGive is the one I stick with. Meanwhile, I now donate to MS related causes in a more direct way (even though it appears that some years I do quite a lot of online shopping through iGive.com, that results in much larger donations than I would make going the direct route).

I made the first switch while I was living in Columbus, Ohio....I switched my supported cause to "Adventures for Wish Kids" (now known as "A Kid Again"). And, then when I moved to Manhattan, KS...I looked for a more local like cause to support using iGive. iGive allows you to add causes to support if they don't already have it listed, so I created a listing for Make a Wish Kansas. Apparently over the my time here so far, I've raised over $300 through shopping for them (possibly more and all, because Amazon.com iGive purchases are reported anonymously...and I do a significant portion of my online shopping using Amazon.com now, due to Prime.) However, iGive does require that the charity be contactable before they'll release the funds to them, etc. And, apparently they have been ignoring emails for some time. So, the pending checks haven't been sent.

Now back to Facebook...the causes application seems to be ending its run. (Guess I'll have to find some other way to donate soon, apparently its not a sustainable Internet resource... [they aren't getting rich off of it] and, probably the fact that the causes application prompts for [and requires you to make an election, not assume a default of none...] for adding a percentage TIP to the application for you donating to your favorite causes.... this is one case where I never TIP).

So, to support Sunflower CASA by doing more than just play net control for the annual CASA Bike challenge, my September cause is/was Sunflower CASA. But, word is that they will be shutting down their Causes application page at the end of this September. So, I made my one last donation yesterday using the Causes application, and switched iGive to (try to) support this cause now. :lalala:

03/14/10

  07:20:19 pm, by The Dreamer   , 180 words  
Categories: Home, Safety & Security, Amateur Radio

Start of DST 2010

Posting about having done my taxes for another year, after finding that I had blogged about having done so last year....made me remember another thing I blog about doing.

Which reminded me that I had forgotten to do the last step of my bi-annual daylight saving ritual.

I had pretty much tackled move clocks forward an hour and checking a few things when I got up this morning...but I had intended to wait until later in the day to test smoke detectors. But, starting into my taxes after returning from the grocery store...it slipped my mind until I was searching my blog for whether I had previously posted about 2008 taxes.

So, I jumped up and went and took care of each smoke detector and made it scream a little &#59;D

Once again, the updating the clock on my vx-7r stumped me ... some day I'll have that process remembered. At least this time I didn't have to hunt down a manual to finally do it.

Oh that reminds me, I didn't update my watch....even though I did wear it today.... :lalala:

12/05/09

  03:40:55 pm, by The Dreamer   , 305 words  
Categories: Stuff, Home Theatre, Cable HD DVR, Travel, TV, Home, TiVo HD / Premiere / Elite, Amateur Radio

I bought a clock

It seemed strange, and it turned out to be kind of difficult to do.

A while back I had swapped the cable company's HD DVR for another TiVo, and soon after I noticed something missing. I could no longer tell the time while watching TV. I wasn't too worried at first, just bothered....

But, then I started being late for online chats and nets, because I had no constant source of time while watching TV and since I time shift everything I watch....things never end on the hour.

So, I started searching around for a clock. I wanted simple, big, LED..... ideally atomic sync'd. But, that turned out to be quite difficult for some reason. The first 3 criteria was hard enough, that I gave up on the fourth. There was also the part where ideally it shouldn't be a hassle to purchase and get..... so eventually I found "Chaney Instruments Thor Large Display Alarm Clock" on Amazon.com and it was Prime eligible. So, I put it in my cart and planned to get it the next time a suitable opportunity presented itself.

The target date became the day after my return from Chicago Tardis. I did require that I remember to go online and place the order while I was there, and using the free lobby wifi one morning I did that. Even though it said it it would deliver by December 1st....it came separate from the other items by 2 day air (the other items came by ground from an in state location)....but didn't actually arrive until December 2nd. I was back at work, but UPS left on my doorstep (along with a couple of other packages from woot).

It turned out to be bigger than I needed, but it does the job.

Chaney Instruments Thor Large Display Alarm Clock

I still miss nets and show up late to online chats.... :lalala:

11/01/09

  01:21:54 pm, by The Dreamer   , 196 words  
Categories: Home Theatre, Samsung HLN4365W1, Home, Safety & Security, Amateur Radio

Daylight Saving has ended....

Seems to have snuck up early this year. Also seems to be fewer clocks to check, or I'm just assuming more things have updated correctly on their own and other devices I just don't care if they have the right time or not. :lalala:

But, before I started this post...I remembered two other missed clocks. Now how do I set the time on my VX-7R, wish they didn't make it so complicated....where's the manual gone to. And, where is my watch hiding? :hmm:

Now in the past it was tradition to check how many hours were on the lamp timer on my HLN4365W1....but....oh what the heck, I'm gonna check it.

Wonder where the remote has disappeared to..... U-(

Guess I'll try the remote for my SIR-T351....that works. 2364 hours....so 1321 hours since last end of DST, so about 2-3 years left? Wonder what I'll get as my new TV? Wish they didn't stop making 50" DLP RPTVs. LCD & Plasma have such wide bezels that I have to go down to a 46" to find one that'll fit my stand.

Oh well, that leaves the last thing to do today is replace the batteries in my smoke detectors and test them.

09/27/09

  06:03:56 pm, by The Dreamer   , 474 words  
Categories: Computer, Home, Appliances, Furnishings, Amateur Radio, Healthcare

The Bedroom Project

This is a project that I've been thinking of tackling for some time. The headboard piece was acquired back in April, and had been sitting in the hallway waiting for the day that I would clear the clutter in my bedroom and set it up. Well, I did that yesterday as Stage 1.

Stage 2 will be to clear the clutter (some existing, some transfered) on the other side of the bedroom now and assemble the new dresser that I received on Friday (ala Amazon Prime). I plan to tackle that tomorrow.

These sketches are not to scale or anything....

Before

--------P----------------------------------P-------------+
|+-------------+              VVVVV       /-\                +-+U|
||             |                          |T|                | |U|
||             |                          \-/                +-+U|
W+-------------+                    +---------------------------+|
W                                   |                          X||
P                                   |                           ||
W +-+                               |                           ||
W |A|                               |                           ||
WV|P|                               |                           ||
WV+-+                               |                           ||
WV _                                |                           ||
WV/ \                               +---------------------------+P
W |F|                                                        +--+N
W \_/                                                        |  ||
W                                                            +--+|
|LL                                                              |
|                                                                |
|                                              ++-+              |
|                                              ++-+              |
+--CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC-----P--DDDDDDDDDD-+

Legend:

  • AP - Air Purifier
  • C - Closet
  • D - Door
  • F - Floor Fan
  • LL - Floor Lamp
  • N - Network Jack
  • P - Wall Outlet
  • T - Tower Fan
  • U - UPS
  • V - Floor Vent
  • W - Window
  • X - HoZeR

So old Dresser in top left, PowerSource 400 is UUU, so CPAP/Humidifier is in that night stand, clock radio on the other one. AP & F are also on the PowerSource 400. And there is boxes and piles of other stuff left over from when I moved in in the open area. But, had made a lot of progress to clear it during the spring cleaning stage of things....

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06/16/09

  10:55:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 706 words  
Categories: General, Hardware, Computer, VoIP, Networking, TV, Home, Broadband, Amateur Radio, Healthcare

Rainapocalyse: The Post

Last night I experienced another Kansas Weather Event. Starting to wonder if I had known about these things, would I have called Manhattan, Kansas home?

Last night it was rain, and lots of it. I may as well have been a solid water coming down everywhere....almost the instant it started....I could hear water pouring into my living room. I had towel handy, and the put empty trash containers along the patio door and that kept most of the water at bay.

Carpet was dry by morning.

But, then the inevitable next happened. The power flickered and then went away. I was watching TV at the time (L&O: Criminal Intent). Guess I'll have to pick up the ending later. Things were humming on the UPS. Though somethings bounced...I turned off the TV and the V880N. Seems my HDVI5 switcher isn't on a UPS. So, there was no using things while the UPSs beeped. I thought I had disabled the beeper in the UPS, but maybe it only disables if it knows there's a computer attached....there isn't so...hmmm.

The UPS handling 'lhaven' died immediately. So, no IRC. So, even though the cable modem was still working and lasted more than half an hour. And, the DSL modem never went down. I was quickly without Internet, as computers ran down. And, my wireless access points are connected to desktop UPSs. I think I should move the access point to the PowerSource 400 that was backing up my phone/VoIP/router/dsl.

I went around shutting down some other computers to help stretch the UPSs....

Seems the Lasko floor fan and the Kenmore Envirosense air purifier didn't like being on the UPS...probably the TRIAC to make low speed fan and the simulated sine wave of the UPS output not getting along. I turned these things off. And, then after pacing around for a while, and checking various light sources. And, finding it getting warm and stuffy indoors. I went out and listened on my HT to the weather spotters, and checked out the area.

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05/31/09

  11:12:23 pm, by The Dreamer   , 456 words  
Categories: General, Amateur Radio

No Hassle Groceries -- Take Two

Link: http://www.nohasslegroceries.com

Well, this weekend was the big Zimbra migration for K-State. And, figuring that I would be home nursing it along all weekend, I shot for this weekend as the next time I would give No Hassle Groceries a shot.

Even though I had time to go play radio guy for the Cycle CASA 2009 event. The Zimbra migration went quickly and was all done much sooner than planned.

I found that I had more time today than I had intended. Though it was kind of warm out, I decided to go do groceries at Dillons ... more or less as normal. But, when I got home, I decided that I was till going to give No Hassle Groceries a shot.

I had started a shopping cart, which I found the site still remembered. I refined it....removing stuff that I could get by with and focusing on ordering more of the things that I don't get because...they are a hassle, or impractical given my constraints.

And, then I fired the order off. There was no confirmation....and it said delivery time was 40 to 60 minutes...after 40 minutes nothing, after 60 minutes nothing. It was kind of annoying in that I was now putting other stuff off waiting for the delivery. But, it did eventually show up.

Now there were quite a few things that weren't available. Some got substitutions, and they were good. Others just weren't there (even though there was indication that there were alternatives available, just that different flavor wasn't an automatic substitution).

Which was kind of disappointing, because one of the main items that were out...was a couple tubs of ice cream. Something that is a hassle to buy, especially as it gets warmer and warmer...and not just because of space or weight.

I wondered how the items that weren't available would be adjusted on my payment. I paid with PayPal (the only option) and eventually a refund for the missing items was sent back to PayPal.

It is better than NetGrocer for getting the things that are a hassle to buy, in that it offers fresh, refrigerated and frozen items that I can't get this way. It has been a long time since I don't a stock up order from NetGrocer, and it will probably be an even longer time as hopefully this service grows.

It however isn't quite to the level that would replace doing regular groceries, and of course....I haven't done NetGrocer in a long time since I now have access to a grocery store. Though I still supplement some of the food purchases through other online channels. And, this one may be one of my new regular options.

Now to work up another shopping cart and see about trying again to get ice cream for home....

05/21/09

  07:00:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 36 words  
Categories: Amateur Radio

May 21st, 1993

So this was the grant date of my original Amateur Radio License.

Hadn't realized that I had been a Ham this long. Things sure have changed since I first got my ticket. But, so have I :>>

04/10/09

  07:17:37 pm, by The Dreamer   , 209 words  
Categories: Appliances, Amateur Radio, Healthcare

I got an Ultrasonic Cleaner

On cpaptalk.com, it was mentioned using an ultrasonic cleaner to clean masks. So, that got me looking around for an ultrasonic cleaner.

Since the OP got his off of Australian eBay, I decided to get one from a US eBay seller.

It arrived today. I got a bigger unit than the OP, but it isn't too big. In fact when I picked up the package from the UPS store, it was smaller than I expected.

Though for the mask I have now, it'll probably be way too big. Though I have other masks around, and they might need the extra room.

I did a quick test of the machine and then put my glasses in for a short cycle. It sure was interesting watching what seemed like smoke streaming from the rims, hinge and nose pieces. I probably needed to have it in there longer to really get all the gunk out. But, I think my glasses are the cleanest they've ever been....

It'll be Sunday before I get around to run mask parts through it. Want to allow sufficient time for the parts to air dry afterwards....and Saturday I'm helping with communications for the Cabin Fever bike run. Plus I need to brew up some more distilled water....

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