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Mobile speaker mounting for ham radios

Mounting external speakers for mobile use can be a PIA.  I noticed that a local ham had squeezed a speaker between the headrest and seat in his SUV.  I liked that idea & it mostly worked until it didn’t and would occasionally pop loose. I decided that between my modest machine shop and 3D printer that I should be able to fab something.

I grabbed a caliper and measured the diameter of the headrest supports and the distance between the supports and head over to my CAD program (Fusion 360). It took about 10 minutes to draw up a model that I liked. 

Here it is installed in my Jeep Patriot. Unless you were looking for it most people would never even know that it is there.

The install is crazy simple.

The print time was about 90 minutes and it cost about $1.75 in filament. It is attached using 4-40 screws and the plastic holes are tapped for threads.  My total time investment was under two hours.

73 de NG0R

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Sunset cruise home

I always try to have a camera with me when I am out-and-about.  Frequently I have a dSLR, almost always an iPhone 6s+, and more recently an 18mp Lumix point and shoot.

I had spent a rare day in the office in the metro so I had an extended evening drive back to our rural home. There were some scattered clouds which made a colorful sunset. I was on a conference call while driving so I put the call on mute, found a spot on a nearby gravel road to pull over and swing the Jeep into a position to take a few picture through the open window with the point-and-shoot camera.

The best best part was that it did not even disrupt the call or slow down the drive home.  :-)

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New Year's Movies

I managed to take in a couple of movies over the holidays.   Yes, of course we took the family to see the new Star Wars flick.  It was decent but I was a little underwhelmed as it felt like they brought back all of the old characters and the old story vs. charging forward.  <sigh>

I went and saw The Hateful Eight by myself.  The movie was full of surprises which was a nice change.

  • I thought that the 1/2 half of the movie was a done in the spirit of some of some great westerns... I was very impressed. --Great scenery, photography, characters, and music.
     
  • The second half of the movie was classic Quentin Tarantino.

It was a fun way to spend an afternoon.  

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Friday work time in the shop

New Year's Day was a day off from work which means: SHOP TIME

Jacob  working on some primitive metal arrowheads for a bow project

Jacob heating up some PVC for a DIY bow project

A steel plate setup on the vertical mill to be drilled out for a project

I spent Friday cleaning a 4x8 foot section of the workbenches while Jacob was working on his projects. It is amazing how much bulk nuts & bolts that I purchase. It takes more time than you think to sort all of it and put into parts bins.

It was a good 5-6 hours spent in the shop. Some of the most relaxing time that I have had in several months.

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Summits on the Air K0M/NE-020

I was in northeastern Minnesota taking pictures of the fall leaves changing colors. While I was cruising around I pull up PocketSota on my phone to see what peaks were potential targets in the area that I was in.

i put 15 contacts into the log in about 28 minutes. After that I packed up the KX3 and the vertical so that Max "The Wonder Dog" and I could get back on the road chasing the fall color.

73 de NG0R