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by Dave Dixon
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FTA Satellite TV
Replies: 7
Views: 1976

Wow! Thanks so much. That is a lot of great information. I hope to get some time this weekend to digest some of it! This is just the type of information I am looking for. Looks like patience will be in order. Muchos Gracias!! Dave
by Dave Dixon
Tue Apr 29, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FTA Satellite TV
Replies: 7
Views: 1976

JollyR.... I got my receiver in the mail today. I haven't found the right forum to check on, out of a dozen or so I've checked out yet! This newbie needs your help. I JUST want to start out with a small dish and get the free channels I can get quickly. Then I might have a million questions about "ex...
by Dave Dixon
Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FTA Satellite TV
Replies: 7
Views: 1976

Thanks Peter,
NOW I remember that thread! Must have had it in my subconscious when I bought that receiver. I'm also know what an SME is now. Regards, Dave
by Dave Dixon
Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FTA Satellite TV
Replies: 7
Views: 1976

FTA Satellite TV

Hi all,
Has anyone here played around with Free to Air Satellite TV reception? I bought a reciever on a whim on Ebay. Don't even have a dish yet, but have been cruising the web, and it looks interesting. Any hints or suggestions for good forums would be most welcome! Thanks, Dave
by Dave Dixon
Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:21 am
Forum: Computer Programming
Topic: Programmable Voltmeter Chip?
Replies: 1
Views: 2028

Intersil's (Harris'??)ICL7135 isn't programmable, but I've used that family before with good results. 4 1/2 digits. Accuracy Guaranteed to ±1 Count Over Entire ±20000 Counts (2.0000V Full Scale) Guaranteed Zero Reading for 0V Input 1pA Typical Input Leakage Current True Differential Input True Pol...
by Dave Dixon
Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: bluetooth head set
Replies: 5
Views: 1839

Hi Moe, That is a great idea/question. It would sure come in handy, and seems as though it should be simple enough... Be sure to let us know if you figure out the how part! Dave
by Dave Dixon
Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TRC-225 5 watt,40-channel Walkie-talkie (Dissassembly???)
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

Hi Rodney, I hope no one objects to this as being a little off topic :) You know you’re a ham if . . 1. You buy electrical black tape in ten packs. 2. You’ve stripped wire with your teeth. 3. You’ve told your son that "one day, all this will be yours", and he doesn’t respond. 4. You’d rath...
by Dave Dixon
Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 0 ohm resistor???
Replies: 18
Views: 5718

I have used one in a hobby project. I wanted to keep a simple board single sided, and had one stupid trace that I couldn't route for the life of me! I felt like I was cheating, but using it as a jumper over a trace on my board saved either several hours of re-routing, or going to a double sided PCB.
by Dave Dixon
Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Test Only
Replies: 16
Views: 3897

I totally agree with you Dean. I have a closetful of databooks here at work, and am rarely seen during lunchtime without my nose in a good fictional book to take me away from reality for a short time. I've considered a portable ebook reader, but am still not happy with the (lack of) features. The fi...
by Dave Dixon
Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Test Only
Replies: 16
Views: 3897

Just came across this yesterday. I hope it isn't too far off topic! Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade-named BOOK. BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology; no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It is so easy to u...
by Dave Dixon
Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 0 ohm resistor???
Replies: 18
Views: 5718

I remember the first time I ran across these... I thought it seemed like an oxymoron! A couple of uses for these. Ever have just ONE trace that you can't seem to route? Jumper over a trace with a "zero ohm resistor". We also use these for a multiple purpose PCB. Install a "jumper" here or there - fo...
by Dave Dixon
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Books & other publications
Replies: 28
Views: 5949

I can see both sides of Dean and Bigglez thoughts on this. I use EagleCad on a regular basis. I even admit to using the autorouter to help get me started - although I end up redoing almost all of the traces after the fact. I have access to an end mill for my panels, and use board houses or an in-hou...
by Dave Dixon
Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Portable GPS on commercial flight
Replies: 17
Views: 5097

Thanks for all the replies and info. I lucked out with a window seat on both flights. Things worked great with it sitting on my knee nearest the window. No problems with screening or during the flight. Best $20 I could have spent (EBay). I even managed to bring a few dollars back with me from Las Ve...
by Dave Dixon
Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Portable GPS on commercial flight
Replies: 17
Views: 5097

Thanks Dac! I think it must be your previous post that I was thinking of. I remember your extension, but didn't know if it worked. I guess I'll just give it a try "as is". Gonna be in Vegas for the SuperBowl!!! I BET I come home lighter than when I leave here! Dave
by Dave Dixon
Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: remote gas monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 3162

We work on aircraft fuel quantity systems at my job. Most all of them have a tube within a tube that is mounted vertically within the tank. As the fuel level changes, the capacitance changes. This allows for a small signal to measure the capacitance. The tubes have about 1/4 inch spacing which shoul...