Well, it’s no secret: I love my iPad! But when it comes to typing longer documents, the on-screen keyboard just won’t work for me (I touch type, if I forgot to mention). I looked at various keyboard solutions for the iPad, but most of them add too much weight and are too clumsy in my oppinion. Basically, I don’t want to carry the keyboard with me all the time, only when I need it. And when I need it, I want a real fullsize keyboard that enables me to just type away. The solution: Use an Apple Bluetooth keyboard. Problem: a) How to securely transport the thing and b) How to attach the iPad at a nice viewing angle. This is where the Incase Origami iPad Workstation enters the game.
Just wanted to show you my new QRP go-pack, designed to be extremely portable for use in my back pack. It consists of a YouKits HB-1B tranceiver, a ZM-2 antenna tuner (Z-Match), 10 cell NiMH battery pack, Palm Key portable paddle with magnetic mount (the FT-817 model), pair of in-ear headphones, 2 x 10m random wire antenna (one goes into the next tree, one goes on the ground as counter poise), some thin nylon line to mount the antenna, and a golf ball with a hook as a weight to launch the antenna.
Those among us who do both flying and ham radio have a dilemma: as a pilot we usually own a high grade aviation noise canceling headset that is generally of better quality than most headsets available in the ham radio market (I personally own a David Clark H10-13.4 headset … try to find a passive headset with similar robustness). However, all standards regarding plugs etc. are different Continue reading
I just found this incredible site of two guys, Brady Lane and Caleb Ihrig, who build their own Bearhawk experimental aircraft and document everything along their way in a video podcast. You’ll find them at dreambuildfly.com and if you are an aviation enthusiast like me you really HAVE to see their stuff. Continue reading
I finally made it! My new web page is here!
After Apple announced the termination of the MobileMe service I had to do something about my web page. A test of WordPress with a free account on wordpress.com convinced me that WordPress might be a nice improvement over my existing iWeb page. Continue reading
Some of you might have heard – well, at least the Apple users among you probably heard – iWeb is almost history, there doesn’t seem to be any plan to keep it alive. MobileMe is definitely history – Apple will retire it in fall and replace it with iCloud, their new service. Problem – there will be no replacement for the existing web page hosting service. Continue reading
Some of you might know the problem: When you use photocopied or laser printed checklist pages with plastic covers that contain a lot of softener, after a while the letters „rub off“ and ruin the plastic covers. This is especially true when using the US military 8×5“ checklist covers. Continue reading
Most pilots among you have heard of the Vans Aircraft marketing slogan of the “RV grin”. Well, after almost 20 years I had the chance to rediscover the pure joy of flying the Piper Cub … and I wasn’t able to wipe that grin off my face for the next couple of hours … the proverbial and above mentioned “Cub Grin”. Those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to fly one yet might wonder what’s so special about the experience. Continue reading
Usually I avoid product recommendations, but this one here is definitely one worth mentioning: Have a look at the FlyBoys FB1316 kneeboard from www.flyboys.com. It’s light, it’s low profile, it’s cool (desinged by F-16 pilots, yesss sir), and it has various unique features that proved to be extremely useful while operating in small GA cockpits. Continue reading
Wow, wordpress is really amazing! I stumbled over this just recently and thought to myself, that I should try this … well, here we are. I’ll try to publish new stuff, bits and pieces, noteworthy or peculiar things, weird things that cross my mind (… well, I think you get the drift) on a regular basis. Continue reading