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Real Hams Drill Holes

You all know “that guy” – The one with the car or truck with the UHF/VHF antenna (or antennas) stuck to the roof or trunk lid and wires trailing off to the side that go through a trunk or door … Continue reading

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You may call me “General”.

A big shout out goes to the SBCARES group for the recent “ham-cram” at the Community and Cultural Center.  We added 2 more technician licensees to the family, and I was able to upgrade to general class.  I may now … Continue reading

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You always knew I was a ham…

I think in my heart I have always been a ham. I had friends that were hams, and my childhood best friend’s brother was a ham. Yes, I am talking about being an Amateur Radio Operator.  I still remember my … Continue reading

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Irrigation Caddy Review

Our last sprinkler timer was not working properly.  As it turned out the timer was only part of the problem. The wiring at the valves was rotted from being in the sun and there were places the previous owners had … Continue reading

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More Build Notes…

Here are some additional build pictures.  The gimble is pretty solid now.  There is still one issue where if you turn to fast to the left the weight of the skull will cause the servo to over rotate and then … Continue reading

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Dead As A Door Nail…

Well…   The TrackSkull application was working great – right up until my 8 year old Microsoft Sidewinder joystick up and died.  I have no idea why.  But it just stopped working.  Poof. Have you tried to buy a joystick lately?   … Continue reading

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Servo Extensions Part IIIa

My extensions have arrived.  They shipped pretty quck.  I have just not had a lot of time to spend on this the last few days.  I did change the servo horn for the left/right motion of the skull.  It is … Continue reading

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Or Maybe You Could Do This…

A thought occurred to me.  And I may change direction and go this route.  So I wanted to share my new alternative. Get some servo extensions.  Go to a local RC or hobby store and get 4 6″ servo extensions.  … Continue reading

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Servo Extensions Part III

So now that we know we want to use CAT5 cable we may as well begin hacking, cutting, and splicing.  In Part II I mentioned that stranded CAT5 is probably a better choice for this project.  Since I can repair … Continue reading

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Servo Extension Cables Part II

After some reading it looks like the best option is to go ahead and use CAT 5 cable to extend the servos to the PC.  There are lots of references to using lengths of CAT 5 that are 50′ or … Continue reading

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