Thursday, April 24, 2008

CW Lessons file is 350,578,272 bytes. Read the PDF file first before anything else. (Note this is a newer version, i have not download it yet. may not be simila to what i have). To me this is a good way to learn morse. There are other software that teach you morse. Remember when you were a kid and started to speak. By hearing your parents you picked up the language. This method is same. Important thing is not to count the dit and dah. Once you are proficient you will be hearing word instead of letters. Just like reading this post. You are not reading the individual letters but the whole word.

Best of luck.



Hopefully by now you have made your iambic keyer. Now to learn morse code (CW). But you need to first build a circuit to practice your morse on. You can download the diagram from here or go the the author/creator's site for more info. Later i will be posting morse lessons for download.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

PIC Lessons

When i first started this blog, it was my intention to educate to those interested in PIC Programming. But now I am contrubiting to the PIC lessons blog with my Sifu, 9w2bsr, Basir. So why reinvent the wheel. Those interested can visit that site and maybe even give suggestions on how to improve it. But if you still want to ask me questions you can do so here or email me.


Friday, April 11, 2008

Hook Line and Sinkers

Making you own sinkers. Sometimes strong under sea currents move your sinker around and give you the impression that you have a bite. Well I have made my own sinkers using lead from car’s dead lead acid battery. Though my design is simple, you could make better ones. My idea is that the sinker should lie flat. It never moves even with strong currents. But the drag on retrieve can be a bit high. Below are the sample of some of the sinkers made by me and my friends.

First you need to get and clean (as much as possible) the lead plates from the battery.

Then in a TIN can melt it. Should be done in open area. Lead vapors are poisonous.

Steel band used as a mould. Then the basic shape is formed.

Place the mould on a piece of wood. Open area aligned to the top.

Do the same for the other side and secure it firmly with some string. Then pour molten lead into the opening. To make a hole for the line, I use the bone from a palm tree leaf, dip in coconut oil and quickly drive it thru the molten lead before it hardens. It hardens in about 2 or 3 seconds. Leave to cool down naturally.

Sample of my homemade sinkers.

This one made by my friend using aluminum as a mould. Much soother surface.


I love this quote:-

A bad day of fishing is better than your best day at work.

Tight lines.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Yagi design

My friend Basir, wants to make a 900MHz yagi antenna. I recommend using QuickYagi4, a DOS, based freeware software. It's frequency range is from 1.5MHz to 999.999 MHz. Unfortunately cannot be used to design an antenna for the 3G, which uses 2100MHz. But give it a try. I have friends designed 2M antenna with this software and works great.

It can be downloaded from here.

Friday, April 4, 2008

RAE registration

The RAE examination 2008-1 registration will open on 7th April 2008 and close on 25th April.

The examination will be on 24th June 2008.

Those interested in taking the exam, Please register yourself with MCMC. Download the RAE form from here.