Week Ending 2/5/22

Not much of an exciting week………………………………………….

As always, first the chronology:

1/30/22 – Sunday – Up at the usual time.  Cleaned up and out to church with Kathy.  Home and lunch.  Did the blog then over to Gary’s for the afternoon get together.  Home and Kathy and I went to Red Lobster for dinner.  Usual evening routine.

1/31/22 – Monday – Up at the usual time.  Cleaned up and out to Battery Plus and Bulbs.  Got a lithium button cell that is the backup battery in my PacComm and 5 AA sized NiCads for it.  Ran the truck through the car wash to get all the salt off it from the snow last week.  Home and lunch with Kathy.  Downstairs and started putting the NiCads together.  Then put the memory backup battery in place.  Took a nap till my Mosfet transistors came by UPS.  Then down and put them in the 5 NinoTNC boards I have.  All work as they should now.  Great dinner with Steakum Sandwiches, Tater Totes and buttermilk left over from Kathy making cookies.  Otherwise usual evening routine.

2/1/22 – Tuesday – Up at the usual time.  Cleaned up and out to see what’s wrong with Gary’s remote.  Home and started first of month chores.  Kathy went out to exercise, get her toes painted and did some shopping.  Had a bagel for a late lunch.  Continued the work around the house.  Kathy came home then a nap.  Dinner and usual evening routine.

2/2/22 – Wednesday – Up at the usual time.  Cleaned up.  MFJ TNC that I bid on came today.  Spent most of the day playing with it and learning about it.  Seemed to work good till the evening.  Need to look at the power supply.  Also ordered some office supplies, payed some bills and downloaded some tax information.  Had sandwiches for lunch and out to Cattleman’s Steakhouse for dinner.  Got the truck and Kathy’s car filled up with gas for the impending snow/ice storm.  Usual evening routine.

2/3/22 – Thursday – Up at the usual time.  Cleaned up.  Called Gary and Loretta to make sure they didn’t need anything.  Got a call back an hour later asking if I would get gas for them for their generator.  I checked and the only two gas cans there were full.  So got a couple 5 gallon cans filled for mywelf on the way home.  Just in case the Generac doesn’t do the job.  Had lunch.  Spent time in the shack doing some reading.  A nap.  A good ham dinner.  Usual evening routine.

2/4/22 – Friday – Up at the usual time.  Cleaned up.  Down and played radio.  Up for lunch.  Nap.  Downstairs to play with TARPN.  Upstairs and off to Mike and Julie’s to help celebrate the twins birthday.  Usual evening routine.

2/5/22 – Saturday – Up at the usual time.  Kathy was out to spend time with Julie and Chloe.  I spent the day in the shack working on TARPN.  Many mistakes.  From forgetting how to operate my service monitor to punching the wrong numbers in the computer.  Had a snack for lunch and a good roast beef, mashed potatoes and peas for dinner.  Usual evening routine.

Now the specifics:

Monday I went out to Battery Plus Bulbs and got a memory battery and NiCads for my PacComm Handipacket TNC. It uses the memory battery to keep the settings saved so you don’t have to put them in every time you use it. It also has a built in NiCad battery pack so you don’t need to plug it in all the time. Both the memory and NiCad batteries were shot. So, after I got back I soldered the NiCads together to make the battery pack but the memory battery was a little more of a challenge. The original battery had tabs on it that went into the circuit board and was soldered. Needless to say the one I got didn’t have those tabs. I tried to solder tabs on it but the metal they use to make those batteries just won’t take solder. So, I used a piece of heat shrink tubing that was sized so I had to squeeze the battery into it. Then I curled two pieces of wire and slid them in on top and bottom of the battery. Then put the heat to it. Seems to hold fine and it works so I’m not arguing with it.

Also got some replacement transistors to put in my NinoTNCs. The ones they specified did not work well. The were replacements for the ones in the original design that were no longer available through Digikey and had completely different electrical characteristics. So now I have 5 functional TNCs again.

Last week I got a hair up my ass and decided to bid on a TNC on ebay. It was old and the starting bid was $19.50. So, I bid a dollar more. Unfortunately that was all that was necessary and I won the bid. Cost me $12 for shipping. It works OK for awhile but then I start getting garble out of it. I’m suspecting bad capacitors due to it’s age but I’m having trouble finding a schematic for it. I’ll keep you posted on that.

Well, if you listened to the weather forecast this week you’d have thought the world was coming to an end. Suppose to get 1/2 to 3/4 inches of ice with a covering of 3 inches of snow. That was suppose to start Wednesday night and go into Thursday. Everything got cancelled Thursday and not much happened. I guess people just thought it was taking it’s time so they cancelled everything Friday. Not much really happened again. It was raining and it turned cold so we got some icing. Not anything that wasn’t expected. Then it snowed an inch and that was it. Didn’t bother with it as the temperature this weekend is suppose to be up in the 40s. So, I’ll let it go away it’s self.

Friday was Carter and Chloe’s birthday. They are now teenagers. They are about as different as day and night. Chloe wanted all sorts of adult things like makeup and ear piercings while Carter wanted a Nurf gun and toys. I guess that’s typical that the girls mature faster. Anyway, Kathy made some Ziti and we took that up Friday for dinner and had cake and ice cream afterward. Saturday Kathy went with Chloe and Julie to get Chloe’s ears pierced again and to get her makeup done.

That’s about all that happened exciting this week. I could go on about my working with TARPN and the more I learn the more confused I get. But I know that would be boring so I’ll keep it to myself.

As always, hope this finds everyone safe and healthy. Stay that way and I’ll blog at you again next week.

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