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Thunderbolt and lightning, Very, very frightening me.

Fri, 16/09/2016 - 00:33 -- M0RBY

When you hear a badboy like this rolling up the Dales you make sure of a few things. 1) The dog is safe, 2) All sticky up in the air things are not connected to the rigs and 3) you've got a camera ready! The rain was hammering down when this storm rolled in so I couldn't get outside. As a result I had to take these indoors behind the patio doors - what a show!

For those who care, 24mm, ISO 2000, 5s @ f/16 on Canon 5D mkIII

 

Antex XS25 Soldering Iron Review

Fri, 16/09/2016 - 00:25 -- M0RBY

What happens when you leave a soldering iron in its stand and switched on for an extended period of time? You wreck it, that's what. After donkey's years of service my Weller 60D iron had given up the ghost and I had reluctantly replaced it with an Antex 25W iron which I was almost determined to hate. However, I had to admit somewhat grudgingly, that it did a great job. It was lightweight, warmed up quickly, melted solder and had enough power to do about 99% of the jobs I needed it to - all the things you would expect of an iron.

New 2m 3 element Yagi

Tue, 05/06/2012 - 18:18 -- M0RBY

This week, having got some time off work, I decided to build a 2m Yagi. I've recently put together a Moxon for 2m which was OK but I wanted a proper beam and I needed it by today so that I could enter the 2m Activity Night contest. On to the web I went and found a generic Yagi calculator, banged in a frequency of 144.300 and got the dimensions. Nothing exciting about that. The only ally tube I had was from an old broken monster of a beam. What the heck - it'll do - 22mm for the elements and 33mm for the boom. So an hour or so and some tweaking and twiddling later the beam was born.

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