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About KC7IPY

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    4x4 Curious

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    1986 Toyota 4Runner and 2006 Diesel Jeep Liberty
  • Location
    Tempe, AZ

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  1. My daughter and I will be heading up on Saturday around lunch time. Will beacon APRS and monitor 146.520.
  2. We purchased the Nikon AW100 camera just before our vacation to Hawaii in March. The camera is fantastic! My primary camera is a Nikon D5100, but on our vacation, we took more photos with the AW100 than the DSLR. The easy panoramic mode is awesome and of course it GeoTags all your photos with the GPS. We also used it underwater on several snorkeling trips for taking both 1080p HD movies and photos. Obviously, the ISO range and continuous shutter capabilities don't compare with a DSLR, but this is the perfect outdoors camera. Lessons learned with the AW100 after two weeks of vacation: Make sure you have a second battery: despite having a Full-Mid-Low-Empty battery gauge, the camera seemed to skip past "Mid" and "Low". Update the AGPS file on the SD Card before a trip for FAST GPS acquisition times: http://nikonimglib.com/agps/index.html.en Get a rear LCD display cover. The rear LCD scratches easily. I like this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G4VS46/ Replace the included neck strap with a wrist strap: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H02B6O/ Be very careful to keep the battery door area (the yellow gasket) clean and free of sand to ensure a proper water tight seal. The camera does NOT float, so if you plan on using it around large bodies of water, make sure to add a flotation hand strap: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006P2UGPQ/ The wind noise reduction feature in video recording mode is awesome! The easy panoramic feature is REALLY good, but the resolution is lower than taking several regular pictures and stitching them with Hugin or using Panoramic Assist. Great camera, I would definitely buy one again. Enjoy!
  3. I love George's expression! These pictures brought back memories of my EMT classes many years ago, minus all of the mounted animal heads of course. Any info on how /where to sign up for this class?
  4. Have you tried Hugin for panoramic stitching before? I'm not sure how it compares to autopano, but it is free. http://hugin.sourceforge.net/
  5. Try out SO-50 and AO-51. They're both really great AMSATs.
  6. Uploaded the combined full set of pictures from my camera and my father's camera. http://picasaweb.google.com/lyletanner/ElCaminoDelDiabloMarch2010?authkey=Gv1sRgCJWR8OXymtOhpgE&feat=directlink
  7. Some reference for Ham Satellite Radio Communications, as demonstrated on the El Camino del Diablo trip. http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/echo/EchoHT.php http://www.work-sat.com/
  8. We've made it home. It was great to meet everyone. Great trip!
  9. My son, KE7QOQ, will be coming too. I'll be bringing my FT-817ND 160m-6m + 2m/70cm 5W QRP rig, antenna tuner, and my "PAC-12" portable HF vertical Antenna. The antenna is rated for 125 Watts. I also plan to bring some time tables to work AO-51 with my HT.
  10. My son doesn't get out of school until 3PM, so we'll probably be departing Mesa around 3:30 PM. Where is the final rendezvous point / camp on Friday night? For the Hams in the group, 147.520 Simplex when possible and White Tanks 146.940 for Phoenix Departure? Will anyone else be running APRS?
  11. Thanks for the warm welcomes. I'll have to check out the build thread and add some pictures. I actually buy my BioDiesel in bulk from AZBioDiesel.com. They collect used cooking oil from local restaurants and process it into ATSM certified B99 BioDiesel.
  12. Greetings everyone! I'm Lyle from Mesa, AZ. Virgil, K7VZ, introduced me to this site with a post about the "El Camino del Diablo" trip on the 4x4ham.com website. I'm excited to find a group that shares my passion for the outdoors. I started driving 4x4 trails in Arizona as a teenager in the 90's and love camping via 4x4 and kayak. Daily driver: 2006 Diesel Jeep Liberty 4x4, fueled with BioDiesel 2.5" lift and 245/75R16 All Terrain tires Yaesu FT-8800R Dual-Band Ham Radio 2-way APRS integrated with mapping GPS Trail rig: 1986 Toyota 4Runner 4x4 4" lift (IFS), 4.88 Ring & Pinion Gears, rear locker, front limited slip, 33x12.5" BFG Mud Tires Kenwood V7A Dual-Band Ham Radio 2-way APRS integrated with mapping GPS Previous 4x4s: 87 Suzuki Samurai (lifted and locked), 89 Suzuki Sidekick, 92 Daihatsu Rocky, 99 Land Rover Discovery 2
  13. "The No-Nonsense, No-Code Technician Class License Study Guide" I have found the KB6NU study guide to be very effective. My son used this study guide to pass his tech license exam at age 14. At 50 pages, it is a nice compromise between trying to read the more traditional ham radio books and only studying the question pool. Best part: it is free! http://kb6nu.com/tech-manual/
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