Saturday, January 25, 2020

Review: ORA:CLE

ORA:CLE ORA:CLE by Kevin O'Donnell Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grabbed this off a discount rack decades ago - before I'd heard of the company by the same name. Great pulp sci-fi, a world dominated by aliens, cities completely re-forested to battle the high C02 levels and global warming, citizens that never leave their apartment, having everything delivered from online orders through their 'mass transciever'; public and job meetings taking place in virtual environments where everyone is working remote. Very prescient of today's Skype, Internet shopping and climate change. But, with a twist! The protagonist finds a problem in the shared story everyone has agreed, to, and with that information, his life is at risk. Does he dare act on this new information that could literally kill half the population, but free them from alien domination?

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Ham Radio - 160 meter vertical antenna

In a small yard, you have limited options for setting up an antenna for the lower bands of HAM Radio. This article gives a good overview of a helical wound vertical antenna that can be used in a small space. Going to have to try this out. It's vaguely portable as well for field day or operating while camping! 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Powerlet Motorcycle Power Adapters are back!

Powerlet, a long time leader in secure, durable, rugged motorcycle and powersports 12v sockets, plugs, wires, mounts and accessories, is back in business!  Check them out at