CW: crickets 

I just scavenged all the “useful” parts out of a free treadmill. Yes, I already have too many projects, but ... *free motors*!

Thanks to a generous local ham, I just picked up the first couple of sections of my future tower

And the default response from tech support is, "Have you opened the file on another computer recently? Maybe you can recover it from that one." 😡

Fuck you, Autodesk, for making it impossible to work offline while also not backing up or otherwise giving a shit about my work stored on your servers.

Vintage* HT repair on a Saturday morning

* It feels strange to describe a device with surface mount components as “vintage”

I picked up a bunch of steel for my rainwater collection barn today. Driving the telehandler down the street (and through a school parking lot) was a lot of fun

Turns out the trailer was apparently stolen and brought here to be emptied and dumped.

Obligatory ham radio content: Would an APRS tracker in a trailer provide peace of mind? Or would it just serve as a beacon to thieves?

KR4DIO boosted
Looking into grid interactive inverters for my solar installation. Does anyone know any that enable pushing power onto the grid in addition to the usual battery backup? Preferably ones that don't rely on proprietary batteries..

If I go with the usual grid tie inverter + charger/inverter combo then I'll also need an MPPT battery charger with a relay so that the panels are switched to the charger rather than the grid tie inverter if the power goes out

I’m hoping the appearance of a trailer this morning means the neighbors are finally removing whatever “valuables” were preventing them from tearing down this dilapidated cabin

delivery van delivery (obligatory ham content: hood-mounted Larsen 2m/70cm antenna)

A couple of weeks ago I caught a tiny praying mantis nymph while working on our new house, and released it into our current front yard after showing it to the kids. This afternoon, a slightly bigger praying mantis jumped onto my shoulder as I was walking in the door. It played with me and the kids for a good 15 minutes before running off into the bushes. It seems unlikely, but I wonder if it was the same bug …


I finally got around to installing a relay for the starter solenoid on my skid steer, so I can start it without using a screwdriver to short the terminals.

I decoded this SSTV image from the ISS late last night. It appears that whatever was causing the low modulation during previous events has been fixed, so I look forward to trying to collect the rest of this series.

I signed up to be a Skywarn spotter, but the logo makes me uncomfortable. Does it look Orwellian and/or fascist to anyone else?

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