Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Rock the Vote

Never Enough

The same is true for flashlights, pairs of running shoes, guns, etc.

Baofeng Tech: Gen 3 Teaser

Baofeng Tech posted this teaser on their Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Campus Carry

Progress: Tennessee Campus Carry Becomes Law Without Haslam Signature


I mowed the lawn and did a bunch of yard work, so I got to listen to a couple of podcasts this week-end.

First, the BuyTwoWayRadios guys ask if there is too much tech in the radios. I say no - as long as all the features don't get in the way of the basic functionality. With a minimal amount of fumbling around, the average ham should be able to get a radio on the air without having to read the entire manual. (Smart phones should be the same way. The average person should be able to do some basic tasks like making a call or texting without having to invest a lot of time learning a new interface.)

Next, I went back in time to listen to the Ham Radio 360 (Fo Time) discussion about selecting your second HT. While that ship had sailed for me a long time ago, it was interesting to hear their pros and cons for various options.

Lastly, this one is in my queue for the commute or my next bit of downtime: Ham Radio 360 - Introduction to SDR.

Monday, May 2, 2016

One minute is all you need

1 Minute of All-Out Exercise May Have Benefits of 45 Minutes of Moderate Exertion:
" In this new experiment, in fact, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be as successful at improving health and fitness as three-quarters of an hour of moderate exercise."

Sunday, May 1, 2016


I've been working out a lot, so I've had to consume a lot of calories. A typical day:
6:50 Morning workout! Cardio + CORE for 30min Bcca, Glutamine + handful of almonds
7:30 8 eggs + 200gr Oats + blueberries & strawberries + avocado
9:30 400gr Beef, 400gr Sweet potatoes, handful of spinach & greens
11:50 Bcca, glutamine,
12:00 400gr Chicken + 400gr potatoes, greens + some fruits
14:00 Blender = 150gr oats or sweet potatoes, 2 bananas 150gr kelloggs rice krispies, frozen berries, handful almonds, peanut butter and glutamine
14:30 Training strongman, Bcca, glutamine, Vitargo
17:30 60gr protein + 2 banans
18:00 500gr beef + potatoes, greens
20:30 500gr salmon + 500gr sweet potatoes
22:30 50gr casein protein or 6 eggs + avacado + 30gr almonds + 50gr peanut butter
Or maybe that not me, it's this guy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Leixen Note: Miklor Review of the 25W HT

Miklor reviews the 25W Leixen Note HT:
"Leixen, the same company that introduced the VV-898S BackPack radio, has once again introduced a product that is like no other out there. A 25W air-cooled handheld portable mobile.

The NOTE is a 16 Channel UHF transceiver, the likes if which I have never seen before. The description is not an error. This is a dual purpose tri-power radio that can serve as a 5W/10W handheld, or a 25W mobile all in one package."
His conclusion (with great power comes great responsibility):
"A note of caution regarding the radios power. 25W is a lot of RF power. It makes for an incredible radio, but that type of power must be used responsibly." 
"If you are looking for a single band UHF transceiver that can be used as a base station, mobile, or handheld, the Leixen NOTE is definitely a radio to consider. The manufacturer's intent is to eventually produce a similar VHF version."

Fitness Tracker Security

Fitness trackers aren't the most secure devices around (PDF).

And this one can be jailbroken...

I'm in the market for one - didn't realize I was going to need to do a security audit as part of my evaluation.

As always, DC Rainmaker is the place to go for the feature and performance evaluations. I can't decide if I want the Vivosmart HR or if I should just upgrade my running watch to the Forerunner 235. I have the Forerunner 610 and would like to stay in the Garmin ecosystem.