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Home Owners Build Three Theaters for Big Parties

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The owners of this 10000+ square foot home love to have guests over. Sometimes they host parties with over 100 guests at a time, which is a lot for only two people to manage.


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LG Will Let You Play with Their Phone with Transparent Keyboard at CTIA 09

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Introduced at the latest GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as a concept, the new LG-GD900 phone with improved UI and transparent keyboard will be LGs latest star at CTIA 09.

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Experimenting with the Buddistick

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I have to admit I have had a Buddistick™ for a while but never really used it. Last weekend was a long weekend in Canada (Monday was Victoria Day) and the family, including my mother visiting from the UK, occupied a cottage on the Rideau River in the village of Burritts Rapids.  Now was a good chance to do some portable work and I decided to use the Buddistick™ as the antenna.

Buddistick setup on a tripod with single counterpoise

Buddistick setup on a tripod with single counterpoise

Well, as all the family was there and the kids and myself wanted to do some fishing I did not spend too much time with the radio, but when I did I was more involved in investigating the best settings for the antenna (coil tap points and counterpoise lengths).  Here is a brief summary of my findings, which used the standard Buddistick™ on a camera tripod and a single elevated counterpoise.

Band Tap point Counterpoise Length

17m

8

13 feet

20m

12

13 feet

40m

Full coil

31 feet

Notes:

  • The tap point count is from the top of the coil (at the telescopic section end)
  • These settings were to achieve <2:1 SWR across most of the band.
  • On 40m the SWR rose above 2:1 towards the low frequency (CW) part of the band
  • To help with quick adjustment the supplied counterpoise was marked at 23ft, 15ft and 10ft lengths.

If you have any different findings or tips on using the Buddistick™ I would be glad to receive them and share them here.

As I said, I did not have much time to operate, but I did make one contact on Monday morning, Wit, W1IT in South Carolina, heard me reply to his CQ on 40m.  He could pull out my 10W signal from the K2 and Buddistick™ on SSB and we had a nice chat.

As for the fishing, both children (aged 5 and 7), as well as Dad, caught rock bass.  The kids were interested to see the bright red eye, as well as the relatively large mouths of these little fish.  A great weekend was had by all the family.

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Barco Partners with Texas Instruments to Develop 4K Projectors

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Last week you may have read about Texas Instruments announcement to start producing 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution DLP projectors for the digital conversion.


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Keanu Reeves Says: Build Robots

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Pay attention kids If you want to grow up to be a robot, or an actor, or both at the same time, listen to Keanu Reeves: FIRST is a robotics league for students that was founded by Dean Kamen (the guy behind this).


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Portland customers to get bundled WiMAX courtesy of Comcast

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Portland, Oregon was the first place to get a taste of Clearwires own WiMAX service, so its not exactly all that surprising that its also going to be the first to get Comcasts version of the very same high-speed wireless service.

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Hitachi Releases CP-X2010 Projector

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Hitachi has recently released the CP-X2010, which will provide educators with a new level of versatility and intuitive operability. The CP-X2010 features 2200 ANSI lumens, a 500:1 contrast ratio, and a native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution.

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iPod Nano???s Video Camera in Action

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Gizmodo this time. They have a hands-on video of the 5G iPod Nano for us. The camera user interface of the Apple mini-PMP looks very usable. I see the 5G Nano as becoming very popular in developing countries as well as with people with a developing taste in tech (read: very young people).


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TAPR Selects New Officers

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At the recent ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) in Chicago, the TAPR Board of Directors of selected a new slate of officers and named Dr David Toth, VE3GYQ, President Emeritus of TAPR. Dr Toth served as TAPR President from 2005-2009 and as a member of the Board from 1987-1993 and 2004 to present. The new TAPR officers are: Steve Bible, N7HPR, President; Scott Cowling, WA2DFI, Vice President; Tom Holmes, N8ZM, Treasurer; and Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, Secretary. TAPR recently elected three new members to their Board of Directors: Scott Cowling, WA2DFI; John Koster, W9DDD, and Mark Thompson, WB9QZB.  -- Thanks to Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, for the information

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Morse Code Still Dashing Through the Cordillera:

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BAGUIO CITY -- There is no mountain high enough to block a Christmas greeting because highland communities that have no mobile telephone signals can still be reached by Morse Code. In this day and age, the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT) in the Cordillera Administrative Region is still operating a telegraph system that serves clients here. Nothing beats the old technology, according to telegraph operators working at the Baguio City Post Office, never mind that each word transmitted costs a customer P2.40. (Mobile or landline telephone calls cost P10 a minute.) Customers who use the telegraph to send Christmas greetings use "broken English" to shorten their messages, rather like today's text messages, according to samples obtained by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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Robotic Wall Knows What You Want

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Walls. Theyre all around you. They keep your roof from falling on your head, they keep your neighbors from seeing you naked, and theyre convenient to hang stuff on.


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LG Chocolate Touch Available On Verizon Wireless

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Another day, another sweet new mobile release. Verizon has just announced that the LG Chocolate Touch is now available for their subscribers. While it certainly lacks the power of VZWs new Droid, the Chocolate Touch has a number of sweet options for music lovers and a low price to boot.


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Rumour: Nvidia considering buying stake in VIA

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VIA reportedly plans to issue 300 million new shares, and the rumour mill reports that VIA is in talks with Nvidia.

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BumpTop With Multi-Touch: The Future Of UI?

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One of the most exciting things about the explosion of touchscreen technology is the impact it is going to have on the productivity of the average worker.


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A bit of surgery gives the HP Mini 1000 new sight

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HPs Mini 1000 might get all the ladies, but the netbook is not without its flaws. Apparently in the manufacturing process somebody forgot to remove the protective film from the webcam lens, giving thousands of netbooks incredibly impaired vision of their handsome owners.

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Corsair CX400W PSU

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For very little money you could have a Corsair designed, Seasonic built 400W power supply for budget builds. Does it retain the usual Corsair quality, or simply cut too many corners to achieve its low price?

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ViewSonic PJD6211Projector Review

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One of the latest projectors to come from ViewSonic is the PJD6211. This device features 2500 ANSI lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and XGA (1024 x 768) resolution.


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EA announces Battlefield 1943

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Electronic Arts has announced Battlefield 1943 following the rumours circulating around the internet over the past few days.

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Sonys LocationPorter transmits video over 3G at a price you cant afford

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At an estimated market price of about $17,900 a pop we dont plan on seeing too many of these in the wild, but if you have a pressing need to broadcast high quality video sans-cables, this is definitely worth a peep: Sonys LocationPorter RVT-SD100 is a big box worn on a strap (not unlike the camcorders of old), but instead of rocking unwieldy cassette tape, this guy streams video back to the station via LAN or 3G, where yet another LocationPorter renders it suitable for transmission.

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ZINK Robot Prints On Your Walls

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You might be familiar with ZINK if youre an OhGizmo reader, but if not, ZINK is a special kind of heat sensitive paper that allows for instant color printing without ink.


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Ham Radio Operator Ready to Help in Disasters:

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LAKE STEVENS -- When people across the country turned their attention to TV screens broadcasting news from Haiti after the quake, Frank Remington turned on his amateur radio. A network providing emergency communications for the Salvation Army called out for volunteers to help handle emergency messages from the country. Remington, 68, a skilled radio operator with more than 40 years of experience, was up for the challenge. Meanwhile, voices were coming through, making contact with Remington. A priest off the coast of Haiti. A search and rescue team from South Africa whose plane just landed in Port-Au-Prince. A doctor who was looking for an armed guard to help a nurse deliver insulin for a diabetic patient. Staying tuned in from his Lake Stevens home, the retired Boeing worker wondered what would happen if the unspeakable happened right here in Snohomish County. "It makes you wonder, how prepared are we," he said. "When all else fails, amateur radio operators are going to be the ones to supply communications." Remington is part of a specially trained group that works directly with the county's Department of Emergency Management to help with search and rescue operations and other missions in case of disaster. Few people know that hospitals and city halls are equipped with a radio, he said. It can be a lifeline in an emergency. Remington has a generator and his car is equipped with a radio transmitter. A special license plate bears his call sign, a unique code issued to ham radio operators. If a crisis hits home, he will be ready. Amateur radio operators, or hams, have to be licensed with the Federal Communications Commission. Remington first got his license in 1961. As a young boy, he lived next door to a ham and became interested in the hobby.

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