Monday, May 30, 2016

Hand Signal Training Video

Since it's Memorial Day weekend, I would normally be volunteering at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum, if it weren't for me being home sick with a head cold (One of my souvenirs from Maker Faire). I don't write about my work at the WPRM on here much, mainly because railroads tend to be unkind to photography equipment, but this museum has always been a big part of my community service schedule and technical education.

Since I'm not getting to spend the weekend working on historical railroad equipment, I figured I could instead tell you about the training video I've been helping with over this past winter which covers the hand signals and lantern signals we use when operating railroad equipment there:


Shameless plug: If getting to run a historic diesel locomotive sounds sufficiently interesting, we do offer you the chance to come drive one of ours for an hour.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

W6KWF Repeater at Maker Faire Bay Area

This weekend is the Bay Area Maker Faire! For once, I'm actually attached to a booth; I'll be helping the Bay-Net group show off their Software Defined Radio themed booth, so make sure to come find us if you're at all interested in SDR.

It isn't SDR related, but I will be setting up a UHF analog repeater, so if you're coming to Maker Faire and happen to have an amateur radio license, make sure to bring your radio and have 441.875MHz programmed with a +5MHz offset and 100.0Hz PL and Tone Squelch.

This is the first time I've set up a repeater at Maker Faire (and I'm not aware of it happening before). I'm really interested to see how many users an ad-hoc repeater collects at an event like Maker Faire. If you do get on it, make sure to say hi!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Talk on Wildflower Communications


Last Friday I drove up to the Marin Amateur Radio Society to give a talk on my involvement with the Wildflower Triathlon and how we build their communications network out in the middle of nowhere. The slides are also available.

As always, if you're a club in the bay area or central coast, let me know if you'd like me to come speak on this or one of my other amateur radio related projects.

Somewhat related, we managed to get custom boot screens on our HTs this year!