OCD and Harbor Freight Coupons


What do you get when you mix my compulsiveness with Harbor Freight coupons for free stuff? About once a month we get the Harbor Freight mailer in the mailbox and it includes a 20% off coupon for one item as well as a Free item with purchase coupon. Over the last year, I’ve gone from “Hey, it wouldn’t hurt to have an extra multimeter around.” to a full blown disorder that I no longer have control over. Every time they send me the Free multimeter with purchase, I go over and redeem it. I’m currently up to 12 multimeters in Continue reading OCD and Harbor Freight Coupons

Granite Creek Park – Prescott


We hopped in the car and headed north for a day trip to Prescott. The weather was in the high 60’s, so we stopped at Granite Creek Park in the middle of town. Evan’s first time on a slide. After a few times, I just needed to help him sit down with his legs out front and he’d push off himself. Marcia was waiting at the bottom to catch him. Exploring the playground equipment. After that, we went over and rode the swing for a long time! Here’s a video of him on the swing. 2013-01-20_12-04-53_953 He tried to ride Continue reading Granite Creek Park – Prescott

Smith Peak – ARA


On Saturday, I had the opportunity to join the work crew for Smith Peak to do upgrade work on the Arizona Repeater Association (ARA) equipment. The cellular company that they rent space from installed a new 150ft. tower and we needed to install new UHF and VHF antennas as well as move 4 link antennas. Like any time that I need a good night’s sleep, I was bursting at the seams with excitement. Friday night, I didn’t get to sleep until almost 11pm. I had set the alarm for 4am, but of course, woke up at 3:45am. I jumped in Continue reading Smith Peak – ARA

Cat Chasing Adventures


One of Evan’s favorite things to do is chase the cats. That gray one always seems to be a step ahead of him. “Dad, I’m under the bed.” He’s almost got them! Having fun! Finally, a cat that he can catch! “Dad, I caught a cat!”

Antenna (Part 2) It’s Alive!

Since my last post, I’ve been able to get the antenna on the air. It’s alive! Here’s a photo of the bag of concrete I used at the base. Like I said in the first post, it’s probably overkill for my application. (80lb. bag of fiber reinforced cement.) Randy KC0NNT took a look at it and said I could hook a chain on and use it as an anchor point to straighten bumpers/frames. Because of the cold weather, I left the ratchet straps on there for a few days to ensure the concrete had set up. View of base after Continue reading Antenna (Part 2) It’s Alive!

Antenna Base


They let us go early from work today, so I spent my New Year’s Eve installing an antenna base in the front yard. I’ve been “thinking” on this plan for months and finally decided to make it happen. I plan to use the LDG S9 31′ vertical antenna with buried ground radials. The antenna requires a 1-1/4″ pipe that has 15″ above ground for mounting. I had another project that required 30″ of the same diameter, so I used the remaining 7′ piece of EMT conduit for the base of my antenna. First I selected the site by taking measurements Continue reading Antenna Base

Drake to Perkinsville

My friend Don was able to go with me on Tuesday. He rode shotgun in my Jeep and we departed around 7am. Here is the APRS track with a few annotations. We were unsure where we’d be around lunch time, so we decided to get breakfast and pack a light lunch. We stopped at the Blue Hills Cafe in Dewey. We both ordered the #8 which is biscuits and gravy, 2 eggs, and bacon. The waitress brought our plates out and forget those 2-3 slices of bacon portions, we each got 6 slices. Plus, the biscuits and gravy and eggs Continue reading Drake to Perkinsville