Astron RS-35A First Mod: Inrush Current

The Astron RS-35A makes a distinctive “Thwap” sound when it is first turned on. This is because there is nothing to limit the inrush of current that initially charge the main capacitor. This inrush can be hard on the power switch. I found this article from the repeater-builder website describing how to install an inrush Read More …

An Essay on Decadent Frugality

Today, I am starting a new job, one year and three days after being laid off from my previous one. My “gap year” was great fun, with lots of travel and family time. I took the time to rejuvenate, sharpen up my skills, and find a job that suits me very well. Though there are Read More …

Italian math in the Elevator

I took this photo in an elevator on a recent trip to Italy. Notice the buttons are labelled negative one and zero. In the USA, I’ve never seen an elevator with floor “0”, never mind floor “-1”. This elevator is in a train station, and goes between ground level and an underground tunnel that allows Read More …