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    GPS Choices and Tradeoffs

    Back in 2011 I wrote the following in response to a question from Ralph Rogers and Bob Wilde as we sat in the Amarillo airport waiting for the prop hopper to Kearney. Most of it still seems valid to...
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    John, The original suggestion, the comment,...

    John,

    The original suggestion, the comment, and the reply to the comment were straight enough.
    I did take it as an opportunity for a bit of wry humor.

    Regards,
    Thomas of the Derailed
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    Even in Scotland? Thomas of the Doubtful

    Even in Scotland?

    Thomas of the Doubtful
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    The battery has always been the hurdle in the GPS...

    The battery has always been the hurdle in the GPS systems. Any improvement in battery chemistry is still below the horizon.
    Where we might hope for some help is the current consumption of the GPS...
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    Looking at the video as best I understand the...

    Looking at the video as best I understand the ability to change the settings is only active while you can access the standard link. Once you are out of standard link range the Plink and the RTGPS no...
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    Are we sure you don't mean aspiring. Calling...

    Are we sure you don't mean aspiring.
    Calling oneself inspiring takes at least a dash of chutzpah.

    Best Regards,
    Thomas of the Dissembling
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    My prejudice is to change them out after a few...

    My prejudice is to change them out after a few seasons fancy all stainless or no. Nothing lasts forever is one of my basic superstitions.

    Regards,
    Thomas of the Delayed Disasters
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    Per the diagram in post #36 below the name brand...

    Per the diagram in post #36 below the name brand Sampo swivels have a nickel plated brass body and shaft. The bearing balls and rings are stainless. And as you point out "stainless" is a family of...
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    Stainless steels come basically in Austenitic and...

    Stainless steels come basically in Austenitic and non-Austenitic. The Austenitic steels are non magnetic. Common example is the 18/8 stainless in dinnerware.
    I tried a strong neodymium magnet on two...
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    Michelle, Avoid oil products in locks and...

    Michelle,

    Avoid oil products in locks and swivels. Oil is sticky and holds dust and grit. Use a dry lubricant. Graphite, Teflon, or Silicone.
    Where practical rig single ended swivels so they hang...
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    TinyLoc is doing a GPS dog tracker that uses a...

    TinyLoc is doing a GPS dog tracker that uses a Direct Radio Link to a handheld receiver. Their dog collar also has a plain beep on it (about 2X the range of the same transmitter pushing data). The...
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    Using Your Head

    Ron and Fred,

    I still like my idea of a pocket for the Plink sewn onto your hat. :D

    Regards,
    Thomas of the Desert
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    Fred, The Plink goes into a pocket sewn onto...

    Fred,

    The Plink goes into a pocket sewn onto you hat (with a snap flap).

    Regards,
    Thomas of the Desert
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    Telemetry

    Tri,

    We are already in contact with the Cheap Beep Project transmitters.
    For receivers at low cost I recommend using a scanner receiver. There are only five of the hundreds of models that are...
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    Legal--hmm--legal??

    For a more complete take on "What, me legal?" in which bands see:

    Forum- Telemetry
    Thread- Cheap Beep Project
    Post- #45

    Retrogrades
    Thomas of the Desert
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    Wrong Word

    Jim,

    Get rid of the "Need" word and substitute "technically supposed to have".

    The Cheap Beep Project transmitters run on UHF. I put my call sign on each one, unless someone with a Ham license...
  17. UHF vs VHF

    See thread: Telemetry-Which is better suited UHF/VHF by Troy Moody. Troy ran some side by side tests of UHF vs VHF. At the end he purchased an MRT 434-100 with no further heartburn.

    Note, Troy...
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    Beeper bells with remote

    I have stumbled on to a few more that might be suitable for the receiver on the hawk that beeps when you push the button on your "car door opener" transmitter.

    Girafus Pro-Trac-Tor
    Cat Caller
    ...
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    Captain Gizmo goes to Elk City

    I will be attending the NAFA meet. Plan for the Cheap Beep Project is to build transmitters on Thursday afternoon. Video for the first hour, then heat up the irons and just do it. DIY receiving...
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    From the West Phoenix farm flats

    Kestrels are neat. Making a good score on feather with a Kestrel is on my life list.

    Regards,
    Thomas of the Desert

    P.S.: I am also the Cheap Beep Project. Check in with me when you are ready...
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    getting started a bit at a time

    Christine,

    Connect with the Arizona Falconers Association.
    We have several members in the Tucson area.
    When you are ready to move up their apprentice coordinator will help you choose a...
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    No dry counties

    Of course. We can't get as good a deal from the hotel because they aren't figuring in the profits from the bar.

    Regards,
    Thomas of the Desicated
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    Improved!.... Improved?

    The rechargeables are going to have a higher voltage. I can see where this would give a bit bigger transmitter output and some improvement in range. Rechargeables are also capable or very high...
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    Looks like a drop in

    The rechargeable battery looks like you would take the lid off the old 1/3N, dump it out and screw the rechargeable in place of the old lid. I suspect it is a gram or two heavier looking at the size....
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