Fall 2012 Update…

Well, summer was here and now is gone. The summer was actually quite hot and then along came September and suddenly it was rather cool. Now I expect it to snow any day. Good old Michigan weather…if you don’t like it, wait and it will change in ten minutes. We did get out for three trips in the RV and enjoyed it.

OK, have started thinking about fall and winter projects. Got several partially built kits to completed so that will be first. Then a couple of workbench ideas I want to complete…then take some time to learn (relearn in a couple of cases) several microcontrollers…PIC, Basic Stamp, PicAxe, AVR (2313, Arduino, Butterfly), MPS430 and TI has just introduced the Stellaris-launchpad hosting the LM4F120 processor that has many in panic to order and get. It is by far the more complex micro-chip that I have seen. Since many ham projects now use micros to do much of the processing and interfacing, I figured it was time that I learned at least some of the basics to use them in upcoming projects and ideas.

Funny, but it seems I do more antenna work in the winter than the summer. Have two dipole antennas and three vertical antennas I want to play with for use with our RV for future outings. I found a good RS-232 to USB adapter, so I can now use my Micro 908 analyzer to use along with my notebook for antenna projects.

I have been urged by two friends to start updating this blog in a more timely manner…and they are both right. Since we will be here for most of the colder months (again), I might as well play on the bench, spend more time on the air and document what I do in a more complete and timely manner. I also have a web page (www.qsl.net/wb8icn) that never seems to get updated…so that too will be a habit I need to get into in the future. Will still mess with analog/RF projects and try to finish these Hands-On-Radio lessons/experiments. I guess I have no reason to say I have nothing to post in the coming months <smile>. Many times I feel like I have forgotten more than I ever learned!

OK…enough of the babbling…I will update this blog and the web page to at least let two people know that I am still vertical and taking nourishment, and snuffing solder fumes!


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