More Blog Shenanigans

Since the last update, I found that yes, Woothosting will have issues with WordPress as well. Right now I have moved over to 1and1, whom handles my domain name. I was able to move rather easily, but I have some work to do yet, mainly resulting due to the Blogger import.

What’s this, a blog update?

Yes, I am finally around to updating this blog again. It’s been quite a while. Let’s see what I’m working on.

Photography:

Earlier this year I bought a Canon EOS A2e at a secondhand store. This near top of the line 35mm SLR from the 1990s is working out for me quite well and I’ve been taking quite a few photos. I have a roll of film in there right now I need to finish. I also plan on shooting some slides coming up this year as well. I also bought a point and shoot 35mm camera for when I wish to have a compact camera. This is a Pentax IQZoom 160 which has a 35mm-160mm focal length and was a high end camera for its’ time.

Video:

I just upgraded my video equipment. I finally have a handheld traditional camcorder that is capable of high definition. I plan on shooting some video as well. I can now capture 1080p video at 60 frames per second on something other than a smartphone. Using this type of camera also allows me to speed up the import part of my workflow since I can import video into iMovie faster than the real time limit of my previous MiniDV camcorder. Of course this doesn’t help on the upload side since uploads will max out at a fraction of real time on my home internet connection.

Typewriters:

I haven’t been messing around with typewriters too much lately, but I now have a Brother electronic machine that doesn’t have any typebars and has changeable fonts. Correction is a real plus on this too. I need to work on my accuracy since I use the correction way more than I should.

The Geek Group:

Of course, I’m still with The Geek Group and actually managed to make a trip out there this past September. While I mainly spent my time getting to know the people and the facility better, this time I aim to be more productive by doing projects that I know will work out well. My one project wasn’t even really started, but that was more of me getting some anxiety of the project. I also assisted in some work in the High Voltage Laboratory during my time there.

Additional Audio/Visual Updates:

Since the last update I have obtained some additional projection equipment. I now have both a slide projector and an LCD video projector. The slide projector is a Kodak Carousel, while the video projector is an Epson. While not a high definition video projector, it is capable of downscaling and letterboxing high definition content as required as input via VGA or component connections. This projector uses three LCDs (one each for Red, Green, and Blue) with a native display resolution of 1024×768 pixels.

Blog Update:

I will be reviewing the comments on this blog, apparently there was a spam comment posted back in September that I did not notice until today. I will be cleaning that up and also checking the spam filter.

Updates

Oops, haven’t been updating the blog as much as I should have and therefore some updates are in order.

JFK Race:

Last time I posted I was talking about going to provide communications for the JFK Ultramarathon. Things did go well. The only issue I ran into was my own fault. I did not bring a spare battery with me and my battery was running low later in the race when I needed communications. This has been fixed. I was able to spend more time in my car to keep warm between races this year, so I was able to keep warmer than last year.

New (to me) HT:

I finally got a better unit than my FDC160A. Not only does this one have better quality as it is an older Yaesu, but I have more batteries for it and it is easier to maintain. I also have a high gain (Relative to a rubber duck) antenna on the HT to also improve communication and likely will be able to keep communications established on low power. The FT-490 allows me to operate using various different battery packs. I should be able to operate from the 7.2 volt packs on low power, in addition I have three packs (2 7.2 volt and 1 12 volt) and am able to purchase a AA alkaline pack to use with the HT.

RadioShack Stores Closing:

Most of the RadioShack stores near me are now closed. During this time I have purchased batteries, chargers, many parts, an Arduino Mega, a TFT shield for Arduino, and many various parts and bits. While the nearby stores are closed. There is one remaining open within 30 miles so I can still get things from RadioShack, it will just be a longer drive. Hopefully some items will become available when the online store comes back up.

Field Day 2015:

Yes it is that time of year again to start thinking of Field Day. I will likely repeat most of the same things I did last year, EXCEPT, this year I will be donating fuel for the generators and bringing my wonderful girlfriend along. Photos should be posted here to the blog sometime after Field Day.

Welcome

Welcome to the new KB3PXR.net. I need a platform that moves with me and blogger is it. While hosting a site at AWS is cool I just did not have the time to keep things updated. Now with blogger I can update the site from anywhere at any time. More posts soon after go live is complete.