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20Feb/170

Getting Ready for RZR Riding Season 2017

Getting Ready for RZR Riding Season 2017

Installation of a Kimpex Expedition Trunk, Alba Racing Cam Tensioner, and rock sliders on the Polaris RZR S 1000.

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25Dec/160

RZR Mini Multiplexing Part 6 – Testing Inputs

RZR Mini Multiplexing Part 6 - Testing inputs and validation of design.

Testing inputs of the prototype board to validate the design.

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10Dec/160

RZR Mini Multiplexing Part 3 – STM8 Software

RZR Mini Multiplexing Part 3

This is a multipart series of design, prototype and build of a small multiplexing system for UTV's. Initially this will replace lighting and winch relays with solid state control. In this part 3, I go over the base software using OSX with the STM8.

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4Dec/160

RZR Mini Multiplexing Part 2 – Testing with STM8 Discovery.

RZR Mini Multiplexing Part 2 - Testing with the STM8 Discovery Board

I explain using OSHStencil to prototype a board with double sided parts. I also discuss high side switching with a MCU. The first testing happens with two development boards from STMicro using a STM8 Discovery board.

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24Aug/160

Motorola R2210B/HS Service T/R Part 1.

I purchased a non-working Motorola R2210B/HS service monitor just to take a look and see if it was repairable.  Part 1 of the video is the teardown of the basic unit and troubleshooting the LVPS section.

 

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23May/160

RZR S 1000 Oil Change

A quick how-to on changing oil for a Polaris RZR S 1000. Big improvement over the 800 S models.

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12May/160

2010 Ram 2500 towing a 2017 Puma 373 QSI

Ram 2500 Puma 373 QSI

Ram 2500 Puma 373 QSI

 

 

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3Mar/160

Grizzly G3617 Horizontal Milling

Video of horizontal milling in a Grizzly G3617 mill.

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16Aug/150

BFDX TD-503 DMR Review

BFDX TD-503 DMR RADIO

I've been using the BFDX TD-503 for several months on the local DMR repeater and NCPRN.  The main reason I really like it and its found its place above my Mototrbo and Hytera is it the GUI by default shows the Frequency and Channel Name.  Controls are standard and easy to use.  The case is high quality and it has some heft to it.

It has been left out in the rain, taken on swift-water calls (submerged in the river), dropped, banged, and otherwise abused with no issues whatsoever.

BFDX TD-503 In Water

BFDX TD-503 in Swiftwater

BFDX TD-503 In the Rain UTV

BFDX TD-503 - Rain UTV

 

BFDX TD-503 - Confined Space Ropes

BFDX TD-503 - Confined Space

Programming is easy and the cable is inexpensive.  The audio quality is better or on par with both my Hytera and Mototrbo's in both analog and digital mode.  This radio works great on analog repeaters as well.  I've been using this pretty much exclusively for any outdoor adventures (UTV'n, Rafting, Swift-water Rescue, Climbing) without fail, mainly because of its price point and performance.  At $250 brand new its much less expensive than a used Mototurbo or Hytera.

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I had some issues with the audio on this so bear with it.  Also standard definition only.

 

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8Aug/150

What’s Next in Ham Radio Rant

Just a quick video of what's next in Ham radio and some projects I've been working on, as well as others, to get there.  Some highlights:

What's Next...

  • MultiCodec - Codec2, AMBE...
  • Remote Standardized Head Unit / Retrofit
  • Less PC .. More Embedded
  • More modular
    • Easier to use and the possibility of installing station away from Radio.
  • DSP development in the hands of more people.
  • Older Designs get updates.
  • Powerful Tools getting more accessible
    • KiCad (New stable, RF Traces (Curved), Diff Pair Routing (USB, etc))
    • Inexpensive STM32 and other DSP platforms
    • Filter Creation and Simulation

Details

An open source codec for compression is up and going (CODEC2).

AMBE is much easier to implement and get ahold of.

Remote heads are beginning to pop up commercially in the FlexRadio line.

More embedded projects/products including SM1000, FlexRadio head unit, and many many DStar node adaptors.

DMR radios have hit the market to warm up the digital voice market, many which are under $300 new.

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