Sunday, September 29, 2013

1 SSB QRP Contact

Today was a super nice day here in New Jersey. Temps in the 70's with a sunny sky, a slight chilly breeze.

Decided to set up the FT-857 with a Par 20 meter end fed on a painters pole sloping to the ground. A few dx stations were around the dial on 20 but was not able to beat the pile ups.

I was happy to get a response from Fred, IK4JPK, in Parma, Italy when I answered his CQ call with a friendly hi Jim! My radio was set to 10 watts and received a 5-7, your antenna is working.

A nice Sunday spent in the yard.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Maker Faire Review

We had a wonderful time at the NY Maker Faire yesterday!

A slight mist of rain but than the sky cleared with a bright sunshine.

Tons of electronics & kids which was very nice to see. The learn to solder booth was packed & had a waiting line to get in. Kids of all ages building and many hands on type projects for all.


Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits were hot.
The Mentos guys and the soda bottles was a must see.
3D printers were cool to see in operation.
The life size mousetrap drew a big crowd.
Tons of small vendors.
I did see 2-3 amateur radio displays, even a tuna tin qrp rig.
Robots seemed to be everywhere.
A free hugs robot, can't beat that.

Check out the live cam:

Next year I have to go for two days to see everything.

Mentos guys

Drone overhead

If there is a Maker Faire in your area be sure to check it out.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Maker Faire 2013

Looking forward to taking the family to the 2013 Maker Faire in Queens, New York tomorrow.

This should be fun filled day with 650+ exhibits. The only issue is the call for rain in the afternoon.
There is a live video feed in you want to check the faire out.

If any of the local readers of this blog are going have a great time.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tripwire Alarm

Remember the hidden tripwire in old cartoons (do they still have cartoons) and movies. Make online has a cool project to assembly your own.

This would make a neat school project for you kids on the web.

The Seaside fire was under control last night, will be interesting to hear what caused it. The radio reference site puts you right in the center of the action.

Enjoy your Friday! (13)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Boardwalk Fire In NJ!

A massive fire has been out of control since 2:30 PM on the boardwalk in Seaside Park, NJ.

Over 19+ businesses have been destroyed and water is in short supply. Lines have been run to the bay to pump more water. Live online scanner is available at radio reference:

Click NJ, Ocean County.

A trench has been cut through the boardwalk to try and stop fire from going into Seaside Heights.
Jersey shore was hit last year with the storm and now this.

Only hope the insurance will cover the rebuild.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Night Liftoff

If you live on the East Coast be sure to head outside tonight and look for the NASA spacecraft LADEE due to liftoff at 11:27PM. Depending on conditions the rocket should be visible from South Carolina to Maine.

The Jersey sky tonight is clear so I will head to the yard and hope to get a good look.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Shortwave Listening

It is almost time to get back into the daily grind starting Tuesday after the long holiday weekend.

Last week spent a few very nice days at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, what a wonderful area to visit. A super clean beach and boardwalk, I would love to go back for a long fall weekend. The drive was 3 hours 50 minutes, well worth it. This past week was a local trip to Ortley Beach, NJ, still tough to see from last October's storm. I was able to catch a few fluke and bluefish in the surf on the beach. Always great to get away and recharge the batteries.

This afternoon was spent with my Grundig radio tuning in the shortwave bands. Maybe it is because of another conflict in the Middle East but I always like to get the various views from other countries and talk stations in general. No matter what your views are it sounds like one big mess.

On a lighter note the Grundig is a fun little radio and a keeper!