Camping & prototype testing

We spent the weekend camping with friends at Myre Big Island State Park near Albert Lea, MN. 

 Setting up Friday afternoon (while it was still dry) 

Setting up Friday afternoon (while it was still dry) 

 Max the Wonder Dog sitting under the awning waiting for the drizzle to stop.

Max the Wonder Dog sitting under the awning waiting for the drizzle to stop.

 Cooking kabobs over the fire during another light drizzle.

Cooking kabobs over the fire during another light drizzle.

 A prototype project that was getting some field testing prior to being refined.

A prototype project that was getting some field testing prior to being refined.

 Max guards the compound while I am prototyping under the tarp during the drizzle.

Max guards the compound while I am prototyping under the tarp during the drizzle.

 It turned out to be nice afternoon to debug hardware and software under the tarp.

It turned out to be nice afternoon to debug hardware and software under the tarp.

We were camping with a couple of other families (RV, Radios, Quilting) which is a once year trip for this group. We expected rain through-out the weekend so we projects and reading material to occupy us while it was raining.

I hacked out a method to extend a tarp from our awning beyond the end of the picnic table so that we had a nice dry area to hang out.  I spent a couple of hours Saturday afternoon with the KX3 and Arduino based keyer that I am prototyping potentially for Field Day use. I figured that it was worthwhile to test it in the field. I brought an Ubuntu laptop with my project files so that I could tweak and upload code if needed. I tracked down a couple of items to tweak so the afternoon was pleasant and relaxing. 

It drizzled and rained so the camping was less than stellar but it was nice to see our friends and I enjoyed some downtime away from work and the house.