ShopTalk Sunday: Three Saw Stories, 3D Prints

This being the Fourth weekend, a lot of us – with kids too far away to visit – will be working on projects in the shop, instead. Which begins (as many mornings) with a check of how things are coming on the 3D printer farm here.  This first project – snap of it in previous column – is a “metal look” (silky grey) filament printing a multi-fold paper towel holder.  Here’s how it evolved overnight: …

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One Week to Ham Radio Field Day 2021

Since Field Day is one of the world’s first True Prepping events, we figured a special edition of Urban would be interesting, even to non-ham radio types. Of course, there will be enough “secret sauce tossed in” to make sure Old-Timers (I was first licensed in 1963, lol) learn a few tricks along the way. What’s Field Day? The grandperson of ham radio organizations is the American Radio Relay League.  Because in times of emergency, ham radio operators …

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ShopTalk Sunday: The 20-Minute Paint Shaker & uBitx 6

Well-rested, we are fit to tackle the day with the persistently long To-Do list.  Still, one of my items on the list got done Saturday and it only took about 20-minutes.  A Paint Can Shaker. Patience is not Mr. Ure’s strong suit.  Like most on this prison planet, while we’re all milling around for the exit-call, there’s no point in wasting time (or energy) on things that prevent the adventure from continuing. Shaking paint cans …

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ShopTalk: Migration Path for CNC, .STL Designs

Daylight Time dawns over America.  Yet-another example of the Grand National Delusion we’re under. As the Native American  sage explained:  “White man the only ones who cut a foot off the bottom of their blankets and sew it on the top – and then claim their blanket is longer…” Or, as this once IAM-751 R&E mechanic was taught:  “If you don’t like the Work Rules, bring it up to the Shop Steward.” Of course, that …

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Mask Notes, ShopTalk on Workflow, and a Meissner

I’m trying to write shorter – more useful – columns.  Because as Elaine’s mobility has “wound-down” prior to hip surgery, I’m been spending less time “in the chair” than usual.  And more time playing lead in the local production of the “Odd Couple”.  (Planned for release as “The Bunny and the Geek.”) Masks Work Better than Thought You should have figured by now that my son, George II, is heading up an Incident Management team …

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Trumps Kicks the Can

Signs a Lame “Relief” Bill President Trump last night did the unexpected:  he signed the new CV-19/budget and relief bill which – while doing little for CV-19 – manages to be a goldmine for foreign aid and special interests along with keeping government open through September. This is the $600 check version.  The House is due to take up the $2-grand version today.  But don’t hold your breath – it’s mostly show and little to …

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Ham Radio Super Antenna – Plans, Build, Results

A Convenience Store Based Antenna Ham radio operators world-wide would love an antenna that is cheap, easily built out of locally available parts – and outperforms both standard dipole antennas and other commonly-built wires.  Well, here it is…. After almost a year of modeling our ideas for a “Super Antenna” the design was locked.  It was built and put on the air during the CQ Worldwide contest last week. It was a pile-up buster. (To non …

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SATR: The Science of Buying, Creative Magic

SATR simply means:  “Sunday Around the Ranch” where we cover a  hugely and bigly of stuff going on in our lives.  I have almost a dozen items on the list this morning including the art of buying things, LookingOutsidethOftheBox has before and after pix of his “cardboard bar” which is nearing completion.  Plus the gobs of stuff here that make for an “interesting existence.” Ure’s “Science of Shopping” Since we talked about “Investing in Happiness” …

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Sunday Advance Preps: Ham Gear & Sharpening Tools

While we’re waiting for the market to crater tomorrow…  [May load slow due to length and a zillion graphics]  This may be a bit on the “longish” today, so if you need to pee or get coffee…better do that first.  We’ll wait for you…. Four topics this morning:  Best first ham radio stations, how to bug-out program a 2-meter rig, one of our “Lost Industrial Arts” discussions of tool sharpening, and last but now least …

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