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croyle

@croyle@wandering.shop

#Hike, #backpack, #computer #geek, former search & rescue, #4x4, #F1, #geocache, hobby #blacksmith, #scifi #fantasy, #ttrpg, #hamradio, #Maker, former navigation instructor. Now with lemon-fresh borax! Mastodon noob November 2022, veteran of a thousand Twitter psychic wars.

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croyle, to 3DPrinting
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I rearranged the power supply and body of my FTM-500 because I noticed that even if the radio had been off, if I left the PS on it created enough heat for the 500's fan to come on and stay on when powered up. That was with the radio body stacked directly on top of the PS... So I split them up onto their own shelves. I then also made risers that have a hex pattern for better ventilation, particularly on the PS which has most of its vents on the underside.

croyle, to random
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I just used my new cable tie tightening hand tool and completely blew up my cheap cable tie, so I guess it works! 😂

astro_jcm, to Astro
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One night at ESO's Extremely Large Telescope

https://youtu.be/ytVC8lBxNaU

🎥 B. Häußler/ESO

croyle,
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@kellylepo @astro_jcm That's a beautiful timelapse!

Tim_Eagon, to Weather
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If I don't lose power for an extended period of time tonight, it's going to be a miracle.

croyle,
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@Tim_Eagon Good luck! Hope you're well-situated if the power does gout out for a while.

croyle,
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@Tim_Eagon Good move. I usually fill up any empty freezer space with ice (like blue ice) to help keep things cold if the power is out for a while.

dbsalk, to books
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My heart aches for the children who will no longer have access to their local library because some arrogant assholes decided to be offended by books with new ideas and different perspectives.

The cruelty is the point.

https://bookriot.com/donnelly-public-library-adults-only/

@bookstodon on@a.gup.pe

croyle,
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amyfou, to random
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Good morning, friends ☕ ☕ 🐕 🐕 💞 💞

Thanks to @ingalls for the reminder that May 18 is the anniversary of the Mt St Helens eruption (1980), and it's worth marking that day.

We had moved from Yakima to Wenatchee a few years earlier, so got the reports of 'darkness at noon' by phone from my grandma who was still there.

This ⬇️ is a US Forest Service photo, taken at 1:30PM on Yakima Avenue, Yakima WA, on May 18 as the ash cloud passed through.

croyle,
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@amyfou At the time I live in Marin County, which is on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. We had a lot of ash fall, which was amazing considering the distance, and I know it fell much further away. It was quite the memorable experience.

ai6yr, to random

Relaying this from another ham elsewhere, KE6ZGP, did not know this was an issue. https://www.cnbc.com/2024/04/17/eli-lillys-zepbound-mounjaro-in-short-supply-through-june-fda-says-.html

croyle,
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@ai6yr This has been a serious issue for at least a year, if not longer. :(

DrunkOnTea, to Warhammer
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croyle,
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@DrunkOnTea They may be "painted" in quotes but they look great. Did you just dry brush over a base coat or use another technique?

croyle,
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@DrunkOnTea That's a very welcome change sometimes! 😁

NeuKelte, to FF German
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On thanks for your support @croyle @bastibayer @sbarrax @Cat_LeFey @leah

croyle,
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croyle, to random
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Since I was just shopping to upgrade my base APRS-enabled 2m/70cm radio, the fact that Kenwood has discontinued the TM-D710GA and not replaced it has fully sunk in and I am greatly annoyed.

croyle,
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@NeadReport Yes, Iit usually is, the question is do I want an outdated/unsupported/used-yet-expensive TM-D710GA that badly? or do I get a shiny new FTM-500 with a warranty etc... As those seem to be my options.

JulianOliver, to random
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For fellow RF geeks out there, an entertaining chart for getting your comms on in the current EM conditions. From https://hamradiofornontechies.com/current-ham-radio-conditions/

croyle,
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@JulianOliver @AE4WX In the words of Adam Savage, "Well, there's your problem!"

Adventurer, to 3goodthings
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@3goodthings

  1. Yah! I finally have my new bed scheduled for delivery. Time to say goodbye to the air mattress and be an adult.

  2. Walked about 3.5 miles today.

  3. Needed a restroom while out walking so bought a soda from a food cart so I could get the code. It smelled so good that I came back later and they had the dish I had wanted a few days ago.

croyle,
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@Adventurer @3goodthings Congrats on the new bed! Every single air mattress I have ever slept on deflated overnight, except for some sleeping pads for camping. 😆

N0ZB, to Watches
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1999 plan from (the colorful timepiece folks) to have the Russians deploy a that would transmit messages provided by Swatch fans back to Earth via amateur 2m frequencies.

The messages, gathered via the Swatch Web site, related to the Swatch company’s campaign to establish the “Swatch Beat” as a new “global concept of time.”

Needless to say, this aroused some controversy in the community.Transmissions never took place.

From WorldRadio Magazine, June 1999, pg 15.

croyle,
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@N0ZB Cute idea, but Marketing vs. Reality.

croyle, to random
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I ordered an Eton Field Elite receiver via Amazon Warehouse. Someone there decided to ship an electronics item - a radio with an LED/LCD display - in a plastic bag! There was no box, ZERO padding or protection, not even bubble wrap. We actually heard it arrive and we literally jumped in our chairs due to a loud crashing sound - the sound of the Amazon driver dropping the plastic envelope containing the radio on our tile front walkway. It survived, with dents and many scratches. Unbelievable! smh

croyle,
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@vitriolix Sometimes they make perplexing decisions when packaging. I wonder whether it's an employee that just doesn't care, or one that is too rushed by Amazon to care, or maybe the employee has brain damage or something... I once had them deliver a glass jar of jam in a similar unpadded plastic envelope, and to my non-surprise it arrived shattered into fragments.

grammargirl, to random
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Any "Dune" fans here?

Tomorrow I'm interviewing big-time audiobook narrator Scott Brick, who narrates the "Dune" books, and Kevin J. Anderson who has written many "Dune" books.

Do you have any questions you'd like me to ask them (I'm especially interested in questions about the language of "Dune").

croyle,
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@grammargirl I am familiar with Scott Brick's name and work on audiobooks (including Dune) and he is exceptionally good... I have a question which is that, with there being so many Dune books, does he ever get tired of reading yet more books from the same series, or does he develop a pleasant familiarity with them?

N4JAW, to amateurradio
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Yucky and . No or Home operating today. My QTH antenna has been disconnected for days due to and rain with imbedded thunderstorms.

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croyle,
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@N4JAW @chrisfarnham @AE4WX I thought it was a coffee bean grinder. 😁 It's getting old, in any case!

croyle, to random
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I can't remember who it was that said that trains approaching crossings blow the CW for "Q" (dah dah dit dah), but I can confirm that you are mostly quite correct! Since I started paying attention a few days ago, I have found that they mostly do, but not always. Perhaps 20% of the time they just blow one long blast or something that seems random...

croyle,
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@tek_dmn Interesting to learn.. I'm just basing this on the crossing that's nearest my house, so I hear the horns quite clearly! And yes there's a series of them, which could lead to them getting jumbled up. Or maybe the guy on the horn was distracted by cars or people on/near the track or whatever, also an issue around here.

croyle,
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@tek_dmn I've noticed that the length of the "dits and dahs" can vary a lot too, like most could be automated or similar, but others definitely sound unusual, like all the horn blows are twice as log as usual... Thanks for the info!

Geojoek, to amateurradio
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Birthday commence. Starting high moving lower as the day wears on. Currently 28.408 MHz. Will try to post updates in the replies, but cell signal is sketchy.

But check my QRZ page to see what frequency in case I forget to post here: https://www.qrz.com/db/KC1SRI

croyle,
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@Geojoek I saw @N4JAW and @kelvin0mql lamenting the conditions earlier, due to another solar flare. I'm not getting much POTA right now, mostly hearing other people making some contacts... 20m was just wonderful the other day, but that was well after dark when it finally quieted down.

KC8JC, to hamradio
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What would it take to build a LoTW replacement?

What about a print on demand service for QSL cards that replaces the bureau?

And do we have enough engaged, technically adept, and interesting hams out here in this Fedi space to put together a monthly web magazine of sorts filled with the stuff that we want to read?

I know there was talk before. I'm wondering if we really need to wait for the big org to fail before we start.

croyle,
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@tek_dmn @KC8JC In any no part of this century is eQSL "good enough." 😬

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