The Wiccan Rede

Bide the Wiccan Laws we must In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. Live and let live. Fairly take and fairly give. Cast the Circle thrice about To keep the evil spirits out. To bind the spell every time Let the spell be spake in rhyme. Soft of eye and light of touch, Speak little, listen much. Deosil go by the waxing moon, Chanting out the Witches' Rune. Widdershins go by the waning moon, Chanting out the baneful rune. When the Lady's moon is new, Kiss the hand to her, times two. When the moon rides at her peak, Then your heart's desire seek, Heed the North wind's mighty gale, Lock the door and drop the sail. When the wind comes from the South, Love will kiss thee on the mouth. When the wind blows from the West, Departed souls will have no rest. When the wind blows from the East, Expect the new and set the feast. Nine woods in the cauldron go, Burn them fast and burn them slow. Elder be the Lady's tree, Burn it not or cursed you'll be. When the Wheel begins to turn, Let the Beltane fires burn. When the Wheel has turned to Yule, Light the log and the Horned One rules. Heed ye Flower, Bush and Tree, By the Lady, blessed be. Where the rippling waters go, Cast a stone and truth you'll know. When ye have a true need, Hearken not to others' greed. With a fool no season spend, Lest ye be counted as his friend. Merry meet and merry part, Bright the cheeks and warm the heart. Mind the Threefold Law you should, Three times bad and three times good. When misfortune is enow, Wear the blue star on thy brow. True in Love ever be, Lest thy lover's false to thee. Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: An ye harm none, do what ye will.
- Blessed Be -
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Choosing an Ham Radio…

I am going to look at this in a few stages… The least expensive route and the narrowest involvement in the hobby, to a high level of enjoyment.

First I will say that I have decided to steer away from HT’s (Handheld Transceivers). I own a couple they have their place but prefer radios with more weight. 

After looking at most of the radio on the market today I came up with an Yaesu FT-2900R, it is a 2-meter rig capable of 75 watts output. Currently priced around $165.00. 2900 

Next on my list that stands out in my mind is the Yaesu FTM-10R, this is a dual band rig capable of 50 watts output.


It is available for around $350.00.

The next 3 radios are neck to neck in pricing from $600 to $750 to $900. They are the Yaesu FT-817D, FT=857D and the FT-897D. They are HF rigs, (High Frequency Radios) also covering 6-meters, 2-meters and 440 centimeters.

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               FT-817ND                                               FT-857D                                       FT-897D

The most important choice to make in buying and setting up you rig is the Antenna !  I am basically looking at two of them. the Yaesu ATAS-25 which is a very good match for the FT-817D. Also The Mini-Buddipole looks nice at the same price of $230.

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A more portable Antenna is the ATX Walkabout it is a mini all-band antenna from PowerPort,

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As you can see it is quite portable fitting into a nice little pouch. With a pricing that is a bargain at $130.


Next thing you need is power!  PowerPort again has quite a few answers here, I am looking at the PowerPort-312 as a source of power. For extended stays away from a AC/DC charging source I am looking at the Solar Cell SC-12F.

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Since I am a Cyclist owning a recumbent tadpole trike from Catrike named Onyx. I would like to be able to put this rig in a nice pack. Again PowerPort comes to the rescue with their product called WorldPack II priced at $72, that is not bad at all.  The pack also comes with a power pack add-on as well. 

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An Intro to Amateur Radio…

An intro - Most of the info I pulled, came from Ham Universe.  Ham radio/Amateur radio is a high-tech hobby sanctioned by the U.S. Federal Government that's got something fun for everyone. Ham Radio is well known as the most important communications backup for our Federal Government, that is why they are behind us!

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Amateur Radio operators are people from all walks of life--no matter what age, gender or physical ability. Did you know that most of the astronauts are Amateur Radio Operators? You’re never too young or old. And, getting started in Amateur Radio has never been easier! Now, you no longer have to learn Morse Code to get your first Ham Radio License, the Technician Class, as in years past! Just pass a 35 question multiple choice exam given by volunteer Ham Radio Operators who want you to pass your exam and become one of them
and y
ou’re on your way!

The Ham Radio Operator License Classes:
In the US, there are 3 license levels, or "license classes."
These licenses are granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
You don’t buy them, you earn them.

Technician Class - The First level of Ham radio license
The Technician class license is designed for beginning level hams. This is where you will open the door and go inside to the exciting world of Ham Radio and learn more about Amateur Radio as you progress. Technician class operators now have 10 meter voice privileges plus CW on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters! It authorizes you ALL ham radio privileges above 30 Megahertz (MHz). 1500 watts of power and these privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many Technician licensees enjoy using small 2-meter hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area or operating from just about any vehicle, boat, etc. Imagine sending live TV in real-time or just still pictures over the air! Technician class Hams may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. As a Technician class Ham Radio Operator, you can even make international radio contacts via Ham Radio satellites, and actually communicate directly to hams aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using relatively simple and inexpensive equipment they operate.  Imagine the thrill of talking to the astronauts, many of whom are licensed "ham radio operators", aboard the Space Station, talking directly to ham satellites in space that relay your signals to earth, or just around the block or around the world using your own licensed equipment! Using the computer and Ham radio, you can talk using your voice or the keyboard to ham friends or make new ones literally around the world!  Hams know how to do this! It's certainly not CB radio! It’s way beyond and out of this world excitement over radio!
To do all of this, you must be licensed by the Federal Communications commission, (the FCC) and in order to get a license, you must pass an exam for one or more of the license's. To earn a Technician Ham license, which is the entry level license, and will get you started and open the many "doors" awaiting you, you'll need to pass the Technician written exam. It is written with the beginner in mind. With a little study on your part and a passing grade behind you, you get your first ham radio license! The license is FREE and issued by the Federal Government!  There are three classes of ham radio operators along with three multiple-choice exams.  You don’t need a background in Electronics although it does help for the higher classes of licenses. You'll study topics such as radio operating practices, FCC rules and regulations and very basic electrical and electronic theory.
Children do it all the time and so can you!

General Class Ham license - The second level and the most popular class of Ham license is the General Class. You get privileges on ALL Ham bands.

Extra Class - The highest level of Ham license is called Extra Class. You get all the Ham bands and all the authorized Ham radio frequencies.

In order to advance up the ladder to General Class and then Extra if you want the highest class, you first take the Technician exam, then the General and last the Extra class. You do not have to advance if you are happy with staying with the Technician class but most Ham radio operators go for the more popular General class after passing the Technician and getting a bit of experience. The General class authorizes ALL ham radio bands and modes. Some people even take all three exams in one sitting! The tests have to be taken in order. You can’t skip a test.

So I have a Technicians Amateur Radio License.  THERE ARE NEW TECHNICIAN CLASS LICENSE PRIVILEGES! Effective at 12:01 AM Eastern Time Friday February 23, 2007.  As soon as the new privileges granted to Technician class licenses come into effect, Technician license holders will get 4 more bands on HF that they did not have before the new rule changes and the ability to transmit voice (SSB) on a portion of 10 meters and CW only on other bands. At all times, transmitter power must be the minimum necessary to carry out the desired communications. Unless otherwise noted, the maximum power output is 1500 watts PEP. All classes are limited to 200 watts PEP in the 80, 40, and 15 meter Novice/Technician Plus sub bands. Geographical power restrictions apply to the 70 cm, 33 cm and 23 cm bands.  The power limit is 200 watts PEP output for Technician/Technician Plus operators.
(Use only enough power to establish and maintain communications.) Band details are:

  • 80 METERS 3525 - 3600 kHz CW only 
  • 40 METERS 7025 - 7125 kHz CW only
  • 15 METERS 21,025 - 21,200 kHz CW only
  • 10 METERS: 28,000 - 28,300 kHz CW, RTTY and Data
  • 28,300 - 28,500 kHz CW, SSB (VOICE)


Friday, June 12, 2009

More about my Catrike Fenders

As you all may know I made a 160 trip with Onyx and I have cleaned her up nicely. But I am still having trouble with the front fenders. Is there an alignment or setup guide for re- installing the front fenders? My trouble is that somewhere along the way both front fenders lost (the front outside spoke thread nuts, ( has been replaced )). Rocks and twigs and other thing are picked up by the tires and flung into the fenders (This makes a lot of noise, certainly do not need a horn). This is where the fenders finally gave way and turned all about. Of course I stopped very quickly to straighten them out before something else happened. I am okay if I am on a sidewalk or asphalt, definitely do not like being on the side of the road or on the shoulders. The rocks make a lot of noise, and I think the twigs try to mangle the fenders. Please tell me I can fix this. I hope I am not the only person to have this much fun with the fenders. Thanks

Benjamin Marauder by Crosman



This rifle is quickly becoming the most popular air rifle since Crosman came out with the Benjamin Discovery. The number of blogs and article covering this fine rifle is becoming hard to count. Crosman has certainly come across with another great rifle to add to their vault.   Go to my sidebar and  traverse the Blogs and Internet Links I have on hand. Tom Gaylord has a excellent Blog “The Benjamin Marauder”  on the Pyramyd Air Report.   Of course you need to checkout the link at Crosman.  “Archive for the ‘PCP Marauder’ Category”

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Organize your tweets…

Do you like Twitter but can find anything quickly did some kind of order to it all, then watch for this. Tweetsort  Read all the tweets on twitter/tweetsort.  Coming July 1st, 2009.

Update New Video From Catrike.

Yes. I have gained access to this great video “One Day of Spring at Catrike” from Catrike Enjoy !

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yaesu FT-817 Accessories

I found this site of accessories for the Yaesu FT-817ND. This is not the top of the line rig, but it is in my opinion a step up from a HT or hand held transmitter.  I will be considering this rig as my next upgrade from my aging Icom W32A.


Looking for a map program for cycling…

I want it to be able to show all possible rest stops for water, food and rest. Show best route.  On my last trip my GPS showed a couple of routes that just did not exist. Leaving me to back track.  Googlemaps  shows auto public transport and walking modes but not cycling. is nice but I do not see much difference.   Would like to be able to plan where I can stop along the route I create.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My Catrike fenders …

Hey there all, You all know I am new to all this so please bare with me. It seems that there is not enough clearance between the tires and the fender. It seem that it picks up every rock stone and twig and make a trashing of a sound. Keeping them aligned so they do not touch or rub the tires is a constant job. Almost at the point of removing them. Please advise me.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Looking for the Pro’s and Con’s for the FT-817ND

Looking to replace a aging Icom ht radio  maybe the Yaesu FT-817ND would do a good job. Anybody got the pros and cons about this rig?  73’s KF4SWS

Parking Brake question

OK I have gone thru about 20 rubber bands - they just do not hold up and break - I am lucky I have not lost my Onyx yet. I have juicy 7 disc brakes and they work very well. but they do not allow you a lock, so you can mount and dismount. Has anyone drilled a hole in the handle of the brake lever and added a metal rod like a coat hanger to clip around the steering handle? Any other ideas?


Here is the link to the topic on BROL forum

Bare needs for Cyclist pack

Ok I may open up  a can of  worms here but here going. What is the bare minimum that should be taken or every cycle? trip. Please feel free to explain why. I would assume water and first aid kit. spare tube but what tools?

Added link to forum post on this topic.

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