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Welcome to MiscDotGeek! You’ll find articles regarding any misc thing that catches my eye, such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BITX40, uBITX, and anything geeky in general. Use the Menu or the Categories to the right to explore, or thumb through posts- whatever works for you.
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A One Man Mission to Restore a Historic Sailing Yacht

Imagine for a moment that you were somebody who’s been building and crewing boats as a career for some time. Now, you have the opportunity to buy a boat that needs some work. But it’s not just any boat that needs work. It’s a hundred and eight year old sailing vessel called “Tally Ho”. What’s …

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Matlock Old Timer’s Fair 2018

On May 6, 2018 I attended the Matlock Old Timers Fair. Situated about 30 minutes from my current home in the tiny town of Matlock, Washington, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but I am glad to say that my expectations were exceeded.  My friend Donnie and I left our …

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Time Lapse Camera with the Raspberry Pi Zero W: Part 1

Today we’ll talk about using the Raspberry Pi Zero W to make a Time Lapse camera that can also be used for home security.  But first, I’m going to get a little meta with The Blog. I haven’t been posting a lot on The Blog lately, mostly because I’ve been quite busy with Real Life. My …

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Dual Band BITX40 Project Update

I’ve written about putting together a dual band BITX40 in the past and the methods I used had varying success. The idea was to augment the built in filters with switched in/out add-on filters from QRP-Labs. This is a sound idea, but the layout of Low Pass Filter on the BITX40 really didn’t allow it …

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$10 eBay pole vs 31ft Jackite Antenna Pole

Howdy folks! In this video we compare the $10 QRP Antenna pole that we previously reviewed and the Jackite 31′ Fiberglass mast. They both have their uses, but which one is the clear winner? Or IS there a clear winner? The Jackite antenna pole is great because it’s sturdy, tall, and very high quality. The QRP …

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A Simple 5v Power Supply for Arduino, U3S and more

Many electronics experimenters and builders take the lowly 7805 regulator for granted, and we pop it in a circuit without a second thought and move along. But for beginners who are wondering how to power their Arduino or other 5 volt project (such as the QRP Labs U3S) from a 12v-13.8v power supply, the 7805 …

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It isn't pretty, but it works!

Arduino is so easy that MisDotGeek gets a new header

I sat down at my desk tonight not sure what I was going to do. Right now I’m between QRP projects, as my uBITX hasn’t arrived yet and I’m not quite ready to put up my new antenna (I’ve got some building to do). So I grabbed an Arduino from my parts bin and a …

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Ham Radio for $100 Part 1: VHF

It is often said that ham radio is a very expensive Hobby. It is my aim in this blog post to show you that while ham radio can be expensive, it doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive to get started and have a lot of fun on the air! We’re going to look at three …

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