Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Camping in Michigan

 We loved to boat on Lake Michigan and now we love camping there.  However, it is not always easy to find a camp site and even harder to find an open spot.  If you use the link below this will assist you tremendously.

Michigan Campsites et al 

How to use a portable waste water "Tote" tank


How to use a portable waste water "Tote" tank. If you want to stay at your primitive campsite more than 3 days± then you need one of these pesky, somewhat smelly things. 

 This is also known as a “Blue Boy”, obviously because of the color, they come in different colors from different manufacturers.

Remember the cardinal rule - do not overfill. They hold about 25 gallons of blackwater. Chose one with big, wide wheels of convert yours to big wide wheels. They hold about 25 gallons US.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Wow 0 Minie - Winnie New Roof

This is a complete roof (cabin top) installation.  This should give you some ideas for your RV or boat.  Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool so I wanted to try and insert the video.

"The video used to be here but I was told to remove it for copyright reasons"

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Plumbing with PEX

This is not an original thing but it acts as a library for myself and for others.  I had this installed in my Youngsun 35 and wished I had put  it in my Irwin 43.  This vLog is a good concise tutorial on using fittings with PEX.  I hope you enjoy it:


Friday, March 15, 2019

Allstar Amatuer Radio System

This is one of many systems to implement an Allstar node.  This one uses an Alinco radio and it is a reliable system as long as you use low power mode and a fan on the power amplifier portion.  I have one operational and have used it for years.

The interface board is a RIM and along with a RaspberryPi and Alinco Radio you can have a system up and going in an hour or two.  Follow THIS LINK to get the general idea.

To get an idea of what Allstar is and how to build one go to Hamvoip website.  However, you will need to have an Amateur Radio license to legally operate this system and to get  a node number.  If you would wish to make a private node for only your self that is possible using a commercial radio licensed frequency or GMRS but check the rules for legal use of these frequencies.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

AIS getting overloaded!

Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) are causing problems for mariners transiting waters where there are high concentrations of fishing vessels, particularly in the East China Sea. It seems the real problem is fishing nets where AIS has been installed to fool ships into steering clear of them (hundreds and hundreds of them).  Just be aware if you are a sailboat as it sounds like a place to avoid when possible.
Anyone who googles AIS Security will find out a lot about other spoofs/fake/distress fake broadcasts; re,  https://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/vulnerabilities-discovered-in-global-vessel-tracking-systems/

Inexpensive AIS Receiver

Large ships and passenger boats are required to broadcast an identification signal containing position, course, speed, destination, and vessel dimension information to help prevent sea collisions. This system is known as the “Automatic Identification System” or AIS for short. There are dedicated AIS receivers intended to be used on boats, or by hobbyists, but they can be expensive. A radio scanner, or the cheap RTL-SDR software defined radio (or a more advanced SDR such an Airspy) can be used to receive these signals, and with the help of decoding software, ship positions can be plotted on a map