Sunday, July 22, 2018

Seasick or queasy on the water?

Stugeron (cinnarizine)

This antihistamine can be bought from pharmacies to treat travel sickness - read on for advice on its use, warnings and side effects. This is not the only solution provided in this blog entry.  No guarantee is implied nor is my expertise on the subject.  Try canadapharmacyonline.com



What is Stugeron used for?
  • Relieving nausea, vomiting, attacks of dizziness or spinning sensations (vertigo) and sensations of ringing or other noise in the ears (tinnitus).
How does Stugeron work?
Stugeron tablets contain 15mg cinnarizine as the active ingredient. Cinnarizine is an antihistamine medicine that works in the brain. It prevents an area of the brain called the vomiting centre from receiving nerve messages sent from the vestibular apparatus in the inner ear.
The vestibular apparatus provides continual feedback to the brain about our body position. When something disturbs this, such as movement of the head when travelling by boat or car, nerve signals are sent from the vestibular apparatus to the vomiting centre in the brain. This can cause sensations such as nausea, dizziness or spinning sensations (vertigo) and the reflex of vomiting.
Cinnarizine works by blocking histamine and muscarinic receptors in the vomiting centre in the brain. This prevents the vomiting centre from receiving nerve messages from the vestibular apparatus. In turn, this prevents disturbances in the middle ear from activating the vomiting centre and causing nausea, vertigo and vomiting. 

Compazine (prochlorperazine) 


5, 10 or 25 mg. suppositories (not oral) have, in my opinion, proven to be the most effective prescription anti-nausea and anti-anxiety medication that causes the least drowsiness. As anxiety can cause nausea and since Compazine treats both it is an important drug to carry aboard. Suppositories are far more effective than tablets once vomiting has started.

Transderm Scopolamine 


1.5 mg. patches may work when no other drug does, but one MUST first test this drug out on land as documented side effects can be severe. Avoid using for more than three days. Scopalamine is also available in tablet form (Scopace 0.4 mg.) but this is much less effective once vomiting has started.

This is what my wife takes and it does stop the seasickness - done, gone.  The side effects with her are drowsiness  and lethargy.  On real pleasant days this gives me time at the helm with no interruptions.  On bad sea days it means she is below in the aft quarter berth in a state of mellow tranquility. Study this effect before you use in any longer term basis as one of the other methods may be best.


CAUTION! With any drug, prescription or over the counter, there are published side effects.



 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How to Fix a Scratchy Volume Control on a Baofeng UV5R Amateur Radio


Introduction: How to Fix a Scratchy Volume Control on a Baofeng UV5R Amateur Radio

Baofeng handheld radios, you either love them or you hate them. For the price it's an impossible to beat deal for the newcomer in the ham radio hobby. The UV5R and it's variants are extremely popular and can be found for under $30 new. Being so cheap, people look at them as disposable radios. As soon as one starts to act up it gets tossed in a drawer or worse, in the garbage.
A common ailment to any low priced handheld radio that's been used in harsh environments or seen much neglect is the volume control starts to get scratchy. Keep in mind we are talking budget priced radios here, not high dollar public safety grade stuff. A funny thing about the UV5R is you can buy almost any part for it just like the $1000+ moto / tyco / ge / harris etc stuff. These cheap radios are repairable and this is the easiest fix ever for a dirty volume control!
What you will need...
A suitable torx mini screwdriver that fits the torx screws located in the battery compartment or on top back of radio.
A small phillips screwdriver to remove belt clip screws.
A can of spray non residue, non lubricating, fast evaporating electronics grade cleaning spray.

Step 1: Remove Belt Clip

Use a small philips screwdriver to remove the belt clip (if your radio has one). The belt clip is installed under tension and it's base will want to spring up as you loosen the screws. If your radio has no belt clip but has the belt clip screws in place, remove them.

Step 2: Almost Done...

Remove the ONE torx screw that is located on the back of the radio, closest to the volume control. Leave all other torx screws in place. If you remove both top torx screws the spring loaded assembly that locks the battery will come apart. It's not hard to put back together if you paid attention to how the parts line up. There's no need to take it off though.
It turns out Baofeng drilled the holes for the fasteners all the way through the metal. That one torx screw I asked you to remove lines up perfectly with the volume control and makes a perfect place to squirt contact cleaner into the radio.
Hold radio with volume control pointing down and use the red straw tip on the contact cleaner to get a good shot into the torx screw hole. Work the volume control from OFF to full volume a few times. Give it another good shot of cleaner and work the volume control a few more times.
Now shake the radio out to get as much liquid out of it and set it face down in the sun or directly infront of a fan for about 15-20 minutes. This will allow it to dry thoroughly. Once dry, put the battery on and try out the radio before reassembly. Don't skip this drying time!! You dont want to short out your radio!
If all is well, the radio will power up and volume control will be smooth again. On some really crusty radios you might have to repeat the cleaning process. Once again, don't forget the all important drying time!
All good? Reassemble. As you saw, Baofeng drilled the holes all the way through. This means if a screw is missing, it's a convenient place for stuff to get INTO the radio. If your radio doesn't have a belt clip make sure it's got screws in the mounting holes. The screws MUST be the correct length. If too long, they will short out or crack the circuit board. Got no screws to put in? A small dab of RTV silicone in the holes works great and can be picked out later if you get a belt clip.
Hope you have found this instructable of help!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Little Yellow - a day sail


Somehow, the summer slipped away from me.  I have not done much in the way of sailing; however, I did go out this last week for a couple of hours.  She sailed well but on the small lake we have her on a lot of tacking is done.  The lake residents like to see me out on the lake watching me making 10 tacks to get back to the up wind end of the lake.  I need to get her on a much larger lake so I can have a half hour of so sail without tacking. 

The meeting went well and we discussed the current Florida and Caribbean situation as relates to the hurricane damage.  Almost everyone had a friend with damage  or sustained damage themselves.  A real tragedy that is for sure.

We are looking for another sailboat in the 35-38' range - something like a Pearson 365 to Erickson 38 style - around $35K±.  This is a bad year to do this with all the damage and boat loss but here we are and running out of years to boot.  Ah well, it is life.  Cheers for now.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A slice of my previous life

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This morning it was high winds, intermittant rain and overcast grey skies.  This afternoon it was sunny skies and moderate wind and falling temperatures.  As usual on Sunday it was church in the morning and a little bit of work in the afternoon.  I did a bit of repair of the cabinet closures and looked for some more on the internet.  I did find some very similar replacements and this is good.  I then logged the find in the blog watermanwater.tumblr.com for my future review.

My afternoon was slow but I did go to Monkey Fist to try and scrounge some stainless steel tubing to act as legs for the saloon table legs when it is expanded.  The first part was successful and the second part, implementation, was partially successful.  OK, the deal is that the 26" was a bit too long with the plastic feet installed.  The end tables sloped a bit upwards and I had two choices: the first was to cut off the tubing to less that 26" and the second was to raise the table.  Guess what won?  We raised the table 3/4"  and all was fine.  Now all I have to do is find the one missing foot from the new table legs. :)

It is going to be cold from what the weather forecasters are saying.  Reports from Indiana say in the single digits and colder. Right now I hear the cycling of the reverse cycle heater on the boat.  The barometer fell rapidly this morning around sunrise and then started climbing.  The wind was up and somewhat variable since the boat was first close to the dock and later farther away.


Near sunset the son of the new owner of Quest went out to start flying his Phantom III Standard.  I the quadcopter costs around $500 and is quite a bargain since last year it was double that figure.  In spite of the 15 mph winds the copter was able to hoover and fly and be stable.  Wow, what a deal.  Mom, I want one!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Little Yellows Summer

Little Yellow has been sort of lonely this summer of 2017 here on Pleasant Lake.  She has been taken care of and kept in reasonable shape but the summer has been busy.  I will add more later.  Sorry.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A slow, slow summer

I am so sorry for neglecting this blog.  I splashed Little Yellow this spring but have not used her very much.  The new cover works well but it takes so much time to put the cover on an off its use for summer sailing is pretty much a no-go.

Every year we make some refinements to the rig and install this or that cleat.  The new plan is to use a trolling motor instead of the 2.5HP 4 cycle Mercury.  The trolling motor will be more reliable in the long run and for my small size lake it would be perfect.

We continue to look for the perfect last boat.  Right now my sights are set on a Pearson 365.  However, I have looked at only one boat and that one was over priced so I just dropped the interest.  Anyway, at least I have an idea where I want to go.  Moore later.