Friday, January 31, 2014

First run with my new quadcopter and GoPro Hero 3+ Black! *(Bonus: crash)*

I will be posting a lot of these videos soon, but this one is pretty raw and unedited. In the direct future, I will be making sure that they are at least worth watching - this might be boring to you, but maybe not. To me? This is exciting as hell!

Equipment: DJI Phantom with a GoPro Hero 3+ Black 

I crashed my copter earlier and that caused one of the blades to become unbalanced - which explains some of the ascent noise. This will be fixed tomorrow morning!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Finally made it to the Philippines!

The home in which I'm staying, located in Quezon City, Manila, has so much art strewn throughout the property that I would be remiss not to share just a small sampling of it. I did not thake my goid camera, so I had to use my phone, so I apologize for both lighting and quality!

The meal pictured is goat served with a local green and sweet potato leaves - absolutely delicious!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Multipath Propagation!

Multipath propagation is defined as the presence of multiple signals arriving at the receiver antenna simultaneously. Signals that are in phase will add to one another. Signals that are out of phase will cancel one another.

What does this mean, actually? If  you listen to radio regularly, and perhaps live in a mountainous region or even a large city, sometimes the signal leaving the transmission tower for a radio station will "split" into multiple signals, which get to your radio at different times - usually in nanoseconds. Many times, as it is here in my neck of the woods, you will hear an "echo" or perhaps even degradation of the signal.

In amateur radio, it is MUCH more prevalent. Here is an excellent example:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Free games! Free games!

Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics are now available for FREE for the next day or so over at! Here is a link to get them - you have to set up an account, but it is completely free and just a few clicks:


I think later today or tomorrow I might post a little essay about multi-path, and how it effects radio reception. It may actually be interesting to one or two people!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Althea, my dog!

It is cold as heck out there, and my little girl is not well designed for such weather. Luckily, I found her this jacket, which she doesn't much care for, judging by the look on her face!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Stranded in Paradise!

I've been stuck at the radio station now since 4:00pm yesterday. That is almost 24 hours! Luckily, we have a very comfortable bed, shower, food and most importantly, beer in stock. I've been waking up every hour or two in order to clear off the dish so we keep receiving content to broadcast - a radio station that isn't broadcasting is just a building. My dog is here with me, and while we have plenty of people food, she is running out. My car ALMOST made it all the way - I got stranded about 100 feet away from our parking lot. As it turns out, a Toyota Echo, while very fuel efficient, sucks in snow. Who knew?

Here is our dish, covered in more new snow that needs to be removed....

Exciting, huh? Looks like I'll be sleeping here again tonight!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ice storm on the way!

With the ice-pocalypse heading into our neck of the woods, I have been tasked with keeping our satellite feed live. That means having this:

Salt, a ladder and a broom....To keep ice and snow off of this:
That also means that I get to sleep at work tonight! Yay! Luckily, we have a nice couch, shower and a generator that will keep the electricity flowin' even if the rest of town goes down.

I've also got my camera, a Canon 60D with Magic Lantern installed, set up and taking shots every 60 seconds via the Magic Lantern intervalometer.

Wish me luck - this storm may be a doozy!