Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Yet another Radio-In-A-Box (ammo can version)

Inspired by an ad from Quicksilver Radio, I decided to make yet another radio in a box.
This was the inspiration the Hammo-Can go box

The parts are:

You can price things out at the current time, but my costs were far above the Hammo-can price.

Below are photos of the box.  Unique features are:

  • Tilt up stand (to angle front up)
  • Powerpoles connectors for 12V power out and 12V battery in

First configuration with ammo can lid attached

 Note flip out stand.  This came from my FT-897 which was installed in another radio in a box case.  Also note that the power cord, microphone, programming cable and short antenna jumper cable are all stored inside.

Second configuration without ammo can lid. 

Antenna is not connected in these photos.  The antenna jumper comes out just above the right side of the power supply.

This is a photo that show the radio a bit better.
Sorry about some of the photos being blurry, used my phone to take photos.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Comcast strikes again or why I hate Comcast!

Got a call from Comcast promotions.
Stop there I should have. But no,
I listened to the offer and at the end of the call said I was not interested. Hung up. At that moment our internet went down. Coincidence?
Called them back and they denied that they had the ability to "turn off" our internet. Since I went through this same scenario several years ago, I knew that they did. I have never ever had a good experience with Comcast.
Stop there I should have. But no.
Called Comcast customer service. Well, you can guess how that went. Ended with me saying, that I could not waste anymore time with them.
Final result, the network did eventually come back, obviously.
If there was a high speed alternative to Comcast in our area, I would be off Comcast in a heartbeat.
In my opinion, Comcast sucks!
P.S. Hopefully, it is just our case because a lot of people still subscribe to Comcast and they would all be very angry people if they went through the crap that we have experienced with Comcast.