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Josiah Ritchie
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+Charles Babbage​, this looks interesting. We should now about it.
 
Makers converge at the first Rocky Mountain Makerspace Conference July 16 + 17. #SavetheDate
Makerspaces converge to have fun, share war stories, and learn from each other at the Rocky Mountain Makerspace Conference this July.
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Just found out, gotta look at the dates and such. 
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What parts should I have on hand for making and experimenting with oscillators?

I'm making plans to equipping a lab for playing with RF. I've just acquired my first oscilloscope. At the moment I'm trying to figure out what to have on hand to experiment with oscillators.

I figure I can wind my own inductors, but I'm wondering what magnet wire and toroids should I have on hand for this sort of thing? Would I be better to just purchase a few of certain values?

Also, what capacitors would be best to have on hand for this? 
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The OP started off by asking for advice on how to build LC oscillators. There are many reasons why a DDS might not be a suitable alternative to an LC oscillator in certain applications. Google it.
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My new oscilloscope arrived today, the foundation tool with which I hope to build other tools to fill out a radio maker lab space. I think an LC/Frequency Meter based on an Arduino might be next.
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The Siglent SDS1102CML arrived this afternoon and my kids and I have been having a good time with it. I’ve never turned on an oscilloscope before tonight. I’ve touched some older ones that were of questionable operating state, but not even seen the…
The Siglent SDS1102CML arrived this afternoon and my kids and I have been having a good time with it. I’ve never turned on an oscilloscope before tonight. I’ve touched some older ones t…
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I'm making a pilgrimage to HRO Denver. What should I be sure not to miss? 
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I did have fun twiddling the nobs and chatting with a few of the hams behind the counter. I can certainly see going back. I have an old bearcat that is crystal bound. I've been thinking about a project to put an si570 or the like in place of the crystals to get it running usefully again. 
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This article had some really interesting background and thoughts on the ranchers taking over federal land. I found I wished it would have gone into greater detail.
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Custard meets pumpkin 
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Oohh... Custard pie....
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Somehow my head struggles to comprehend color in history. My brain wants to think these images are of much newer origin and I have to keep correcting myself. What a weird sensation. Somehow Lincoln in color was the most striking. He seems more consistent with written description. I've often thought pictures of him, didn't suite somehow.
 
History in color is more intimate. These old shots updated by amazing colorist: http://www.marinamaral.com/portfolio-2/
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I'm trying to build up some test equipment with the objective of building transceivers. It seems that an LC meter might be a good idea and I know Arduino well enough so this looks like a potentially good project. Anyone have experience building one or have thoughts about this in home brewing? Maybe my time would be better spent elsewhere? 

Thanks!
A short distraction from the Signal Generator project to make an LC Meter Shield! It has been a considerable time since I posted. Blogging does not come naturally for me and I often prefer to just do things rather than writ...
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Price has recently dropped Keep you posted when i get it.
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Do any of you have favorite homebrew blogs that you'd share? I'm interested in expanding my influences. 
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Yeah....
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I've decided to start up blogging again, chronicling my journey in ham radio. This entry steps through my interest in ham radio to passing my Technician license.
About 10 years ago I started my involvement with the maker movement. It has been a blast and I’ve learned a ton. Among those things, I learned enough about amateur radio to peak my interest, …
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Comcast Residential served me exceptionally well today. Thanks to Charles 8517 and the team that dispatched him in less than 24 hours. Took him three hours to dig up the multiple pieces of the problem and he cleaned up wire that he could have easily deferred. He was very pleasant the entire time and clearly interested in making sure we were at full solution. I also learned that Direct TV uses different frequencies so their splitters are problematic for Comcast work.

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Glad that info may be useful.

The trenching guys came today, skipped the whole check for stuff before you dig concept and had it almost buried before I got home. Hope they didn't hit anything and went deep enough. 
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Education
  • Washington Bible College
    2000 - 2005
  • Bermudian Springs High School
    1996 - 2000
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flickerfly
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Christian, Dad, Geek, Maker, System Admin
Introduction
I like to make things, I like to understand things and I like to make small changes that have significant positive impact in a system after having spent the effort to understand the system fully. I'll usually wait to be asked before I contribute and I'll expect you to contribute without being asked. I take great joy in my faith, family and freedom. I don't believe in self-esteem. 

More than STEAM or any other educational ideal, I believe in giving my kids an education tuned to them and their unique abilities to foster their creativity and excitement for learning and to give them freedom to develop an understanding of the world around them outside of the pressure and guidance of a peer group, but in a multi-aged and as diverse community as I can foster. These are the things that encourage me to homeschool my children.

I don't believe in normal. I think normal is a harmful concept that is used to encourage us to all achieve less than we are capable of and to ignore our greatest interests and strengths causing us to be less than we were created capable of due to the pressures of our society to fit in. In the end I believe this does damage to the society by eschewing diversity and promoting uniformity in the name of unity. I believe unity can be attained in highly diverse communities of people and I desire to promote that in the communities of which I take part.
Work
Occupation
Network and System Administrator
Skills
Linux System Administration, Efficient Small Office Networks, Open Source Technologies
Employment
  • Cross Link Group
    Network Administrator, 2012 - present
    Wherein I join a team to provide IT solutions for non-profits across many different needs and sizes.
  • Fellowship International Missions
    Geek Missionary, 2005 - 2012
    Wherein I provide IT solutions and helpdesk services for a multi-national, multi-cultural organization.
  • IT Contractor
    2008 - 2012
    Managed Service Provider for small non-profits.
  • Washington Bible College
    Network Administrator, 2000 - 2007
    Managed the provision of all technology services across a multi-site, multi-network campus solving the unique needs of students, professors and office personnel.
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Allentown, PA
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York Springs, PA - Lanham, MD - York Springs, PA - Allentown, PA - Mariaville, ME - Dillsburg, PA - Schroon Lake, NY - Bradford, ME
Had tire damage on trip between Colorado and North Carolina. Called these guys up. They took a look and said we were good to go for the trip and put air in our tires, but wouldn't take any payment. We really appreciated their service even though they knew they'd probably never see us again. Thank You!
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My wife and I were planning a date bike ride, but found a flat on her bike and a dry rot tire on mine Also I wanted to switch to flat pedals to pull a trailer of kids in the future. We stopped in for parts and checked about getting it installed. The place was hoping, but Taylor took care of us right away as he said he didn't have room to store them. While we waited we enjoyed a couple Mochas that were terrific and took in the atmosphere. We were in and out in 20min. for about $60 including labor and coffee. We happened to hit a day where everything was discounted so prices were especially good and they made sure we got the best of the deals by giving us our coupon back saying they had a better deal for us. Our date plans saved and even enhanced, we popped into a couple more shops in the triangle and then headed out to enjoy a meal at Outback. We ended the evening coasting around Cedar Beach, an excellent restart of our biking enthusiasm pre-kids. Next time the kids are coming.
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This isn't directly connected to the subway, but you can go underground to the subway the entire way. This is great if it is raining or something like that. A few amenities exist, but are limited. If you have questions, there is usually someone friendly around able to provide some assistance.
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I had a simple valve stem replacement. They took care of it quickly and within the requested time even though I was needing it quickly and they had other jobs they called as soon as it was done allowing me time to plan my day easily. Thanks guys!
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I went to puppet training in this facility on the 11th floor. Finding the building was no trouble. Security was friendly and easy to work with. The folks at the front desk were good. Bathrooms were maintained and snacks and lunch were provided. There is a Pot Belly's on the ground level of the same building if you want something different. If you are coming from outside the city by bus, there are several options for catching a bus into port authority and an easy walk from where they leave you. If it is raining, you will get wet so an umbrella is worth considering if the weather is threatening.
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It gets the job done and beats driving to Bethlehem. The attendant is friendly and informative, but behind glass and you have to request a key for access to the bathroom, but really, this is a bus terminal. You don't spend much time here if you plan right. The one thing I'd most like is for the attendant to take credit/debit cards. The ATM wasn't working and I had to run up 4 blocks to the nearest known ATM and back, just barely making my bus. So, take cash for your purchase. Parking is available, but this isn't the best part of town so I'm not sure what the risk is in leaving a vehicle. If you aren't real close in town and have a vehicle, Trans-Bridge also picks up at their location in Bethlehem. I don't know about the other bus services in the area.
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