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Anyone use the BuddiStick or BuddiPole with an automatic tuner? do you still tap for the specific band or just leave it at the lowest frequency possible and let the tuner make it work?

Trying to decide how to use this setup, My end fed portable long wire I just leave it as long as possible and let the tuner do the work.


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I would say yes. I use a tuner to protect my radio just in the off chance I have issues with the antenna system.
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Spring must be getting close as I am contemplating adding a second bike to the stable. 2013 F800GT would fit the bill nicely if I can find one used for the right price.

I think a smaller bike for goofing around on would be fun.

#YouCantHaveEnoughBikes
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Lately I have been getting in cycles.  I have a road bike, but I really want to test an E-Bike.  Being all into technology it seems like fun.  Also want to try out one of those 4 wheel peddle bikes with my wife and have the dogs hooked to the sides...imagine seeing that rolling down the street...hahaha
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So here is some precedent for having really old satellites still working after 150 years. Give your teams the ability to have global communication or "listening abilities" during limited overhead passes during the day, or if they can hack it from the ground gain access to see weather or even spy satellite images.

I would have it available for a 1 hour window and at the most inconvenient times. and if they gain access to a spy satellite, it's always going to be cloudy. when they attempt to use it to look at a KFC or Krell troop movements.
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This is a pretty nifty article. 
It makes me wonder how long it will be until that probe on the comet will start transmitting. 
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#AVTWEEPS I have an interesting idea in regards to audio DSP's

I have a customer that in the courtroom wants to have a Video conference system and a audio recording of all 8 microphones as separate tracks.

Easy enough to do, but sometimes when people get a little loud they bleed over into the other mics. So I was thinking, what if I abuse the AEC?

I set up 8 different AEC references that use the other 7 microphones for the Reference signal as well as the Codec return audio. This should in effect remove the audio from all other mics from the single mic's audio channel output to the recorder output for that channel.

Would that work?
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good point!  I will have to ask them.  I know the court recorder was asking if I had a way to remove other people from microphone spill.  so I will start by asking if it is legal to do so.  I was thinking with starting at the least aggressive and maybe only on one mic that is the most trouble.  The podium mic has it's gain way up because lawyers like to stand 10 feet away from it.
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So technically the Project should now be using the M1117 instead of the V150. But I have an argument against the project buying M1117's that makes a lot of sense.

With the project trying to be clandestine and not attract attention, buying the latest and greatest armored vehicles would attract attention. from 1999 to present V150's can be bought for scrap prices from all over the globe and including the USA. If I was trying to run the project, I would buy them as scrap and then refurbish them to project standards, adding some kevlar batting inside, etc... This would easily fly under the radar of the government eyes that a large corporation is simply scrapping them for the metal, something a lot easier to do than buying trainloads of current military gear. Yes Morrow Industries could own the Textron Marine and land systems Corp that builds the M1117 but it would be obvious that the company was making 2X the vehicles and many never leaving the facilities.

What are your thoughs on the project sticking with the V150 instead of upgrading to the M1117?
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Lastly, I don't think that the Project would transition to the M1117.... only use the research and knowledge of advanced components to upgrade V-150s. The equipment.... already paid for, for the V-150s would be transfered to another site, and reported as scrapped to the DoD and State Dept.

So I would surmise there is a repair depot hidden in Michigan within 500 miles of the Cadillac Gage plant with a mission to repair and upgrade project V-150s damaged on mission.
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4 hours today fixing a DM system that has worked perfectly for 5 years. Because an IT guy assumed he knew what he was doing so he started rerouting DM cables as well as changing ip settings gs. Whoever gave this guy toolbox needs to be hit with a sack of pickles 
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I wonder if the IT guy also built that work light?
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"DIY Show Podcast": Special Guest Suzanne C. Gwinn from Ladybug House
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Helping a customer with a brand new DELL running windows 10 to use in their audio/video booth to run Crestron Xpanel plus just place video/audio to the rear projection theatrical drop background.

Out of the box for only 2 hours finished full updates to latest and the Windows 10 Start menu failure to open bug rears it's head. Had to reinstall the OS to get the start menu to pop up again.

Honestly, how can Microsoft think that Windows 10 is ready?

Anyone else have to deal with windows 10 in your AV installs? How is your luck? How do you deal with the fact that customers are unable to buy a new computer for use in integration that is stable?



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+John Birchman That is good to know, we have a job coming up with a brewery that wants 42" displays on the tour wher they can play a seamless looping video but trigger the "this is how we do this step" when the tour guide arrives at that spot.

One of the coolest things that I hope works at this job is we are installing a projector behind a large pane of electrically foggable glass and projecting an image on it until the tour guide wants to let everyone see inside,  then the projector mutes,  room lights go on and the glass clears.  I am sure that text will be unreadable, but abstract things should work.
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Continuing the discussion about vehicles for late frozen teams, I do believe that smaller Science teams would use this vehicle, the M1126 Stryker Infantry carrier set up for Science team use with only the machine gun cupola and a trailer pulled behind it with either deployable science packages such as atmospheric research stations with radio repeaters, or soil and water testing lab.

A Science team of 4-6 could comfortably live inside this beast along with their science equipment and have room for carrying a couple of pallets of seeds or other local support items.

I am actually using this vehicle for a new science team soon. Their freeze date will be only a few days before the countries started throwing the bombs but national tensions are high and the panic over the Impending Meteor is in full force.

It will be a team of 6 science members but two will die in freezing and replaced with Morrow project Surviving team members that were thawed 5 years previous and have lost pretty much everything.

I am building up this vehicle for use based on the rule book and I think my numbers might be off.

STATS
MASS 102 (18,510Kg)
SP 10404
INT 25
Ballistic Armor rating Front:60
Ballistic Armor rating: 40
Non Ballistic armor Rating :100
Explosive Armor rating: 16,320

No actual formula in the book for calculating vehicle mass so I took the weight of the V150 in the book divided it into the mass of the M1126 and got a multiplier. applied this to the mass of the V150 and got a plausible number.

The formula for calculating the Explosive Armor rating which is BAV X MASS X 4 gives me a 16.320 Armor for explosions.

Anyone see where I may have went wrong? did I calculate MASS wrong or am I assuming the armor to be too strong? I assume that any bolted on armor would not matter for a mine unless they bolted it on underneath.

 I did some research and the armor is 3mm thicker than the V150's on all sides but the front where it is a solid 1 inch thick to withstand a 14.5mm ball round
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+Mark Martin  That is what I was looking for.   Thanks!

I'll be creating a full handout for the M1126 when I get everything right.
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Dispite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage.
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Dear #Crestron. Please stop telling customers that they can get the programming suite from their dealer.

I now have a customer pestering me to give them all your software for programming as well as demanding I hold their hands and teach them how to do it. All because one of your sales guys had to tell them, "oh yeah you can get it from your dealer, just ask!"


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It seems that Crestron will give the customer the software. They have to sign up to be an enterprise customer for free, then they have full access to the suite so they can muck about without any education.

Honestly, that is the dumbest thing ever. they should REQUIRE classes for access to the software.
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Any of my tinkering friends mess with NodeMCU? Looking for any tips and if it's possible to make the devices go into a deep sleep for battery operation.
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Education
  • Michigan State University
    Chemistry, Microbiology, 1993 - 1997
  • ITT Technical Institute
    Electronics Engineering, 1988 - 1991
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Timothy Gray
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I've been a technology guy for all my life.  My father taught me algebra and Electronics starting at 8 years old. I build my own projects (solar panel sun tracker) at 10 and learned about computers and their power.  My father gave me my first computer at age 11, (Kim-1, I had to build it to make it work) and learned assembly language as my first programming language. Went through the Vic-20, C64, Co-co, Ti-99a, etc until the IBM PCjr  hit the scene when I was in high school. Until then I was content with the Altair 8080 that the school had and the TRS-80 model 3 computers  It all escalated from there.  I always enjoy tech, and dreamed of the automated home forever.  Crestron gear gives me a hand firmly in that automated future world I dreamed of. 

Today I program Executive board rooms, Conference rooms, Entire Buildings, homes, and theaters using a multitude of technologies.   Still use my computer programming and electronics and enjoy a LOT of I.T. work and I.T. and I.S. consulting on the side.  This stuff is second nature to me, and I really do enjoy it. I am happiest when I have a challenge in front of me.
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Crestron Certtified Lighting Programmer, Hand restored a motorcycle, published photographer, published videographer.
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Crestron Master Programmer
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  • Central Interconnect
    Crestron Master Programmer, 2010 - present
  • Premier Audio and Images
    Crestron Master Programmer, 2004 - 2010
  • Comcast, AT&T, TCI Cable,
    IS/IT Manager, 1999 - 2004
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