Archive for the ‘Life in General’ Category

Covert Antenna Installation – 2013 RAM 1500 Laramie

September 2nd, 2017 No comments

About a year ago, I purchased a custom dual band antenna from US Communications. It replaces the stock fender mount antenna on the truck, and is tuned for AM/FM frequencies as well as 144.39MHz, which is the frequency used by amateur radio operators for APRS transmissions. I finally got around to installing it today. This article documents the process I used to install the antenna in a ‘HowTo’ format. Hopefully my experience can help someone else out.

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Unboxing: Amazon Fire TV Stick

December 20th, 2014 No comments

Unboxing the new Amazon Fire TV Stick.


February 16th, 2012 No comments

It’s official – I’m a ham. I’ve been accused of it for years, and now you’ve all been proven right.

I took the technician class amateur radio exam on February 4th, and aced it. 100%! My call sign (KF7TZO) was granted on February 13th. You will probably find me on the 2 meter band most of the time. Watch for me on, too.

Sometime in the nearish future, we’re going to be launching a weather balloon, and tracking it via APRS, which is a packet technology that uses amateur radio frequencies. There will definitely be more to come on that project.

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Smoke from the “Station Fire” infiltrating Las Vegas

August 30th, 2009 2 comments

Those pesky Californians are at it again. Now they’re invading our airspace with their smoke! And I thought they were environmentalists…

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Snow in Las Vegas!

December 17th, 2008 No comments

It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then…

Snow in Las Vegas

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Brain bucket for the brain dead

July 23rd, 2008 No comments

Forgive the picture quality…


What’s the point of bringing a helmet if you’re not going to wear it? Read more…

(Great) Tail of a Grackle

May 22nd, 2008 No comments

The wind here in Las Vegas has been pretty strong the last couple of days. It’s often windy here (deserts are like that), but we’ve seen particularly strong gusts for the last day or two.

Besides intermittent cable TV and internet service, another (often overlooked) casualty of such winds is the wildlife. Read more…

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Google Earth Escher

May 18th, 2007 No comments

I was goofing off with Google Earth today and came across this:


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