A Weekend In The Woods – Ham Radio Field Day 2016

A Weekend In The Woods – Ham Radio Field Day 2016

Being focused on everything in life besides having a bit of fun camping and wheeling, I realized I was overdue for a trip. I needed to get out of town and enjoy the outdoors a bit. So Tara and I packed up the Nissan Pathfinder and headed to Big Bear where we found a Yellow Post campsite in the forest to make home for a few days. However, this wasn’t a totally random weekend. On the 4th full weekend of…

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Verizon FiOS Availability Map by U.S. Zip Code for Google Earth

Verizon FiOS Availability Map by U.S. Zip Code for Google Earth

After searching high and low for a Verizon FiOS availability map, and coming up with outdated and basically useless maps, I’ve created my own. By writing a small linux script to pull data directly from the verizon fios website and combining it’s outputted spreadsheet data with data from the census bureau I was able to create a google earth KMZ file that is available for download at the bottom of this post. This is most up to date and most…

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Some Old Photography

Some Old Photography

A few Years ago I was traveling all over the place and had my camera along. I really enjoy shooting photos but I haven’t been traveling much lately. Here is some of what I saw along the way of my travels in 2010. Feel free to take a look at the following jumbled mess of photos. They aren’t watermarked but Please do no use them without my written permission. Enjoy!

Cleghorn 4×4 Trail

Cleghorn 4×4 Trail

After doing a little maintenance on Joeys ’79 Toyota we went for a drive up Cleghorn Trail and after a few hours we found ourselves on top of the mountain! Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.

Blue Ridge Radio Site

Blue Ridge Radio Site

    As a member of the OAUSA.net outdoor adventure group, I was with another member named Jon scouting out some potential field day sites when we coincidentally ran into Chris, N6LXX who was on the way up the Blue Ridge radio site which is near the camp ground we wanted to go look at for field day. After chatting it up with Chris for a little bit and getting more info about the camping in the area we went with him to the radio site where he…

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How to Solder a UHF N-Connector

How to Solder a UHF N-Connector

UHF N coax cable connectors are typically used above 1GHZ in RF applications by ham radio operators, some commercial radio applications, wireless computer networks as well as in Radar applications. Here is a step by step on how to solder one of these to the end of 0.405″ O.D. 50Ω Coax such as RG-8 which is actually pretty simple.

Etiwanda Falls Hike

Etiwanda Falls Hike

In the backyard of Rancho Cucamonga hides what was once a fairly well kept secret, Etiwanda Falls. A few years ago the North Etiwanda Preserve hiking trail was put in and the falls now attract many people every weekend. It’s not overloaded but you will most likely run into some people up there. Getting there is simple. Exit the 210 freeway at Day Creek and go North on Day Creek which will eventually curve to the right and dead end…

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Sandstone Canyon in the Anza Borrego Desert

Sandstone Canyon in the Anza Borrego Desert

After numerous years away from wheeling the mild yet fascinating trails of the anza borrego desert in southern California, I made a return trip. I got a call from a few friends inviting me out for an easy camping trip at Fish Creek and we’d go explore Sandstone Canyon and the surrounding area. Although the trails aren’t difficult, having a 4×4 vehicle is strongly recommended being that the washes and canyons have sandy bottoms. This is the kind of trip…

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Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill @ Victoria Gardens

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill @ Victoria Gardens

After waiting for well over a year, Toby Keith’s bar at Victoria gardens finally had their soft opening today. I was there when they opened the doors with a handful of friends. we had a few burgers and beers which got a little mixed up but nothing to complain about on the first day of an unofficial opening. They seem well staffed for the anticipated rush for later this evening. speaking of the staff… well, lets just say you’ve got…

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Math puzzle

Math puzzle

Using the numbers 1, 3, 4 & 6 only once and using only addition subtraction multiplication and division, write an equation equal to 24. Its pretty simple but may boggle your brain for a little bit. Enjoy.