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PostPosted: August 5, 2017, 10:49 pm 
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Took and passed my Novice test back in the early 1970s. Tried for the General but froze up on the 13-wpm code portion and settled for a Technician license, which was fairly useless since we didn't have any 6 and 2-meter gear. Ended up letting it expire.

After my dad passed away a couple years ago I was looking at his license and decided to finish what I started, passing the Extra because I had a grudge. Built an Elecraft KX3, which really underscores the state of the art and how everything had gone digital, even the RF front end and signal processing.

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PostPosted: August 5, 2017, 10:55 pm 
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Oh, and after getting burned out on composite work, I sat Midlana aside last November and have been working non-stop on a koi pond redesign. Built an all-new pond and filtration system: rotating drum filter, moving-bed bio section, and two sand/gravel filters plus UV. Several times I'd be sweating it out digging and the little voice would ask, " wouldn't you rather be working on the car? No! I ended up handing the composite parts the a small paint shop and said "call me when it's done."

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PostPosted: November 7, 2017, 1:41 am 
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My brother is building a shop. Today he needed help getting the last truss in place, so my wife and I went over to hold some ropes. Couldn't resist taking a couple pictures, no workers comp around here. I occasionally have delusions of adequacy as far as my fab skills go, then I see what he's working on and how quick he gets stuff done.
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Welding the truss to the beam in the center. He designed and built all the steel structure himself, should be plenty strong.
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40'x80', plus another 20' of covered area out front, should be big enough.
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PostPosted: November 9, 2017, 4:36 pm 
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Holy crap, now that is a shop. Oh, in my dreams!

What does he do for a living, Kristian?

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PostPosted: November 9, 2017, 7:25 pm 
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My first house with garage (1 car) was on a piece of property not much bigger than that "shop". 50 x 100 ft total, so if you stripped off the driveway down the side it would have fit in his shop's footprint...
Some day...

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PostPosted: November 9, 2017, 11:18 pm 
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Lonnie-S wrote:
Holy crap, now that is a shop. Oh, in my dreams!

What does he do for a living, Kristian?

Cheers,

He's a mechanic and a genius. He can barely read but he's probably the smartest person I've ever met. Basically all he does at work is frame straightening and fab work. I've got pictures of other stuff he's built that I could post too if people are interested. Just an example, this is the hayshed he lives in. He built pretty much everything in there, including the staircase.
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PostPosted: November 9, 2017, 11:34 pm 
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My first house with garage (1 car) was on a piece of property not much bigger than that "shop". 50 x 100 ft total, so if you stripped off the driveway down the side it would have fit in his shop's footprint...
Some day...

That's crazy, I'm pretty sure people aren't meant to be cooped up like that. I lived in a town of around 20000 people for a while, and I was pretty happy to get away from there. My brother is building on the family farm, which he is going to take over from our parents. So he's doing long term stuff now while he's young and will be able to benefit from it for the rest of his life.
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PostPosted: November 10, 2017, 10:33 pm 
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It wasn't today, and maybe I'm the only one that thinks it's interesting... But we went out to a local farm that puts on a "petting zoo" of sorts every fall. They had rabbits and mini-goats (!) and emus and some "normal" farm animals like pigs and chickens. Our friend Possum went along and took pictures. One of hers is came out really good. Me and JJ walking toward the pens...
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Life is good!

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It wasn't today, and maybe I'm the only one that thinks it's interesting... But we went out to a local farm that puts on a "petting zoo" of sorts every fall. They had rabbits and mini-goats (!) and emus and some "normal" farm animals like pigs and chickens. Our friend Possum went along and took pictures. One of hers is came out really good. Me and JJ walking toward the pens...Life is good!

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Gas - $20
Junk food - $15
Goat food - $4
JD spending time with JJ - priceless
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PostPosted: November 11, 2017, 10:13 pm 
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I bought a boat! A fold up boat.

If you haven't seen this it pretty cool. Here's a video of the assembly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnUKBWaFo6U

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Location: Sunny-Okanagan, Canada, eh?!
I bought a used, but excellent shape French Wheel for $180 (new is $550).

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I'll bite: how is a French wheel different from an English wheel?

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Location: Sunny-Okanagan, Canada, eh?!
It looks exactly the same, but I use a lot of French when I'm working it.

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I bricked a $600 Ham Radio!

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tought my 5 yo daughter to ride a bike, the hardest and most rewarding cycle coaching I have ever done. Have coached riders to win some big races but seeing this really made me smile and want to tell the world!!


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