Friday, July 25, 2014

Awesome Home Theater Systems

  I always wanted a nice Home Theater System to connect to my television in my computer Ham Radio room. I searched around and checked all the local stores. I went online and checked stores such as Best Buy, Target and Sears. I saw the various models they had made by Sony, RCA and other manufactures as well. Once I saw a home theater system that was in my price range I checked out the reviews on it. I checked reviews at the places where it was being sold. I also checked all over the internet for whatever reviews I could find whether they were good or bad. There are so many different home theater systems it was pretty difficult to choose.
  I finally did find a few systems I liked and they fit my budget. I found where they were being sold and went to go and listen to each system. Unfortunately you can not always do that and then you will have to rely on the reviews for the particular system. The brand that I ended up with was a Sony system. I bought it for a pretty good price. When I listened to it I like the very good base I could hear. It is an AM FM Stereo with a CD Player. It is about 1000 Watts per channel. I have it connected to my television so the audio plays through the speakers. It does not sound bad at all. Below is a picture link to the system with some information below it.

Sony Home Theater System

  • 1000 watts of 5.1-channel surround sound
  • DVD upscaling to near-HD picture quality via HDMI
  • BRAVIA Sync controls compatible devices with just one remote
  • Digital Cinema Audio Calibration for quick speaker set-up
  • Surround Speaker: Size (W x H x D): 4.1" x 6.5" x 3.3", Weight: 1.1lbs; Front Speaker: Size (W x H x D): 4.1"x6.5"x 3.3", Weight: 1.1lbs; Subwoofer: Size (W x H x D): 8.9"x15.6"x12.8", Weight: 14.3lbs; Surround Speaker: Weight: 1.1 Lbs (.5Kg)
  • 1000 watt (167x5+165 3ohm, 1kHz, 10%THD) 5.1 channel surround sound
  • BRAVIA Sync controls compatible devices w/ one remote2
     Checking other Home Theater Systems that are doing very well I found the Onkyo System to be very nice. It puts out about 700 Watts per channel, which is not bad at all. It shows about 582 reviews with a rating of 4 gold stars out of 5. That is not bad at all for that many reviews. This seems to be a pretty popular model. I have repaired a Onkyo stereo receiver for a friend of mine and it had some really nice sound. Here is a picture below of the system with some information on the system.
  • 4 HDMI Inputs and 1 output with support for 3D and Audio Return Channel
  • WRAT Amplifier Technology,2-Year Warranty
  • Direct Digital Connection of iPod®/iPhone® via Front USB Port
  • Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Easy Settings Change with On Screen Display via HDMI
    Below is a nice LG Home Theater System with a lot of nice features. This system puts out about 1460 Watts per channel. It has about 102 reviews with just about a 4 gold star rating out of 5. The majority of stars are in the 5 and 4 star rating. This system has a 3D Blue Ray with smart TV. It has 9.1 channel with surround sound. Here is some information on the system below.
LG Home Theater System

  • Easy access to thousands of movies, customizable apps and videos as well as browsing the web right at the click of a remote.
  • 9.1 Channel Immersive Sound adds vertical speakers to your typical 5.1 channel home theater system so you are enveloped in sound from almost every angle.
  • Perfect for playing all your 3D or 2D Blu-Ray and DVD movies.
  • Installation is simple and speaker wire management is reduced with the wireless subwoofer and rear speakers.
  • Integrated Wi-Fi connectivity allows you take advantage of Internet access from any available Wi-Fi connection in its range.

    Finally my advise would be to just search the internet through Amazon, Ebay or the various resellers on the internet. You may find some systems through or you may find something locally. If you can check out the system and listen to it that would be an excellent way to decide. In other words let your own ears and taste do the choosing. If it is an expensive system I would look into an extended warranty.
   Thank You for reading and enjoy the music.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Children Love To Take Toys Apart And Put Them Back Together

I think every child loves to take things apart. I know when I was a young child I loved to take things apart. I think it is just part of our natural curiosity as human beings. We all just want to know how something works. Then the trick is to put it back together. When we complete that we feel successful. Of course that does not always happen. Sometimes we get into a predicament and we are not sure how to put it back together. The next step is to take it to Mom or Dad and have them help us put it back together. This not only teaches the young child how the item goes back together, but it also strengthens the bond between child and parent.
  I know when I was a child my mother or stepfather said why did you take that apart. I know with my own children I have had one of my daughters or my son come to me with something they either took apart or were trying to get apart. My son was especially good with this with one of his nerd toys. Whatever the toy was it took me a few minutes to get it back together. I always have to show my son or daughter how to fix something. I know with myself it was how electronic items such as a radio was put together or a tape recorder. I just wanted to know how it worked. I believe that is what got me into the world of electronics. I worked as an electronic technician for approximately 11 years and have been working as a computer repair technician since 1996. So as you may guess I have been taking things apart and putting them back together for years.
  Okay so what toys are out there for children to play with and learn at the same time. Also as they are developing the minds and imaginations they are also developing their fine motor skills. These types of toys are an excellent way of doing this. You may be asking okay where do I find these types of toys. Well locally I would suggest going to your local Toys R Us, Walmart or  Target store. There are other local store as well. My other advise is searching at Amazon or Ebay on the internet. You can find an abundance of toys that way. The nice thing about the internet is you can do it right from the comfort of your own easy chair and computer.
  There are different types of toys that can be taken apart and then put back together. For young children there is the plastic rings on the plastic peg. The child take the pegs off and then tries to put them back in the right order. The other type is a toy that has some sort of toy tool to use to take the toy apart and then put it back together. For older children you may have the bionicle type toy that has a whole bunch of parts and you follow some directions to build the item and then you can take it back apart. These are made by the Lego company. My son for example has a whole bunch of them, so he can create his own designs with his imagination. I would not recommend this for a young child due to small parts and choking hazards.
  I would Like to say Thank You for reading and have a nice day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Autographed Guitars As A Collectable

  Have you ever wanted to collect something in the hopes that it will become valuable over time. Well I came across these Autographed Guitars . They are signed by various musicians in country, rock and other music as well. Apparently from what I am reading these signatures are authenticated by a legitimate third party. The guitar below is autographed in person by: Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B Schmit, and Don Felder.

     If you are more into country music singers then the guitar below may interest you. It was signed by 8 country musicians.

Signed by Tim McGraw and Authorized
Signed By The Monkees and Authorized

   This one below was signed by some of the great rock musicians and is authorized as well. 


   These are just some of the autographed guitars that I saw. I would just make sure that the signatures have some sort of certificate of authenticity before purchasing something like this. 

  I just want to say thank you for reading and check out all the different Autographed Collectable Guitars . Once again thank you and have a nice day.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Anybody Looking For A Walkie Talkie For A Gift

  • 50 Channels with Up to 36-Mile Range,120V Charger.
  • NOAA/All Hazard Weather Channels with Alert and Weather Scan
  • 142 Privacy Codes
  • Vibrate Alert.9 Levels of VOX for Hands Free Operation
  Ever since I was a kid I loved to have Walkie Talkies. It started from a very early age where you had to metal cans and tied a string between them. One person could listen while the other person talked. When I had my first pair of walkie talkies I thought they were awesome. You could talk to your friend while he was around the block. You mainly had a distance of about a half mile to maybe a mile. You could play hide and seek and use the walkie talkies with the game. Some of them would receive a couple of cb radio frequencies and once in awhile you might hear someone talking on their cb radio base or in their car on their mobile radio.
  • A range of up to 23 miles under favorable conditions
  • 22 channels, each with 121 privacy codes for 2,662 combinations
  • Dual power: 10 hrs. Alkaline (3AAA) or 8hrs. NiMH
  • 11 weather channels (7 NOAA) with alert and scan feature
  • iVOX hands-free communication without the need of an audio accessory
  As I got older the walkie talkie had some better uses. The one that I remember the most was keeping in contact with my older brother when we went deer hunting. There were too many times when he would go off and I had no idea where he was. That can make for a dangerous situation. It was also nice to have them when we were driving somewhere so we could let each other know where we were just in case we lost sight of each other. They are also a very handy thing to have if you go backpacking and want to keep in contact with other groups.
  • The Motorola Talkabout MT352 series is the recommended choice when it comes to battery life performance.
  • It has up to twice the amount of battery life than compared to the standard NiMH rechargeable battery pack.
  • With a range of up to 35 miles, it's perfect for active outdoor excursions or life's every day adventures.
  • The VibraCall silent vibrating ringer is especially useful for locations where ringing can be intrusive.
  • MT352TPR includes: 3 radios, 3 Earbuds with PTT Microphone, 3 NiMH rechargeable battery packs, 3 belt clips, 1 Y cable wall adapter with 2 mini-USB connectors, 1 wall adaptor with a single mini-USB connector, 1 Emergency Preparedness checklist sheet, 1 user guide, 1 accessories sheet
  Today's walkie talkies are much more sophisticated then the walkie talkies of years past. Technology has changed them in better ways. The size of the walkie talkie has become smaller making it easier to carry. You will also find that the distance you can talk has increased. I am seeing some that will transmit and receive 22 miles to 50 miles. There are some that have up to 50 channels to talk on. A nice feature is that some of them are waterproof, so if you are out in bad weather the radio will not get damaged. There are walkie talkies that come in groups of three or even five radios. That way you can keep a group of people in contact with each other. The radios also have a number of weather channels to track the NOAA Weather and Emergency Channels.
  • Model: Retevis H-777;Walkie Talkie Frequency Range: 400~470MHz;Memory Channel: 16;1500mAh Li-ion battery
  • Built-in Led torch make things easier when in dark environment
  • Every radio has a earpiece;180g is small and light;Easy to use;Easy to program
  • Range up to 3 miles (5 km) depending on environment and terrain; 24*7 Email Support, Buy with confidence^o^
  • We provide 1 year warranty(buyer should bear shipping fee) and 7 days no reason to return .No matter any reason, within seven days you can apply for a return.If further details,please contact us freely,we will work with you to reach win-win
  • To use these you must have a Ham Radio License
  So whether you are buying these as a gift for your kids or for adults I believe these would make awesome gifts. Who knows they may save a life someday. One thing I would stress is that transmit and reception can vary depending on surrounding objects and location.
  Thank You for reading and have a nice day.   

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bust That Pile Up With An Affordable HF Amplifier

  One item that would be an excellent addition to any Ham Shack would be a nice Hf Amplifier. Some of the best brands I have seen are of course the Ameritron Amplifiers. They make some that are the tube type of amplifier and then they also have the Solid State Amplifier. If you check out the reviews on you will find that they range from about 3.8 to 4.9 which is not bad at all. For the most part the reviews are all very good. For myself I would have to go on a payment plan to buy one brand new hi hi. I have looked at the used Ameritron amplifiers on ebay and the prices are not too bad. I would check out the seller of the item before putting any money down. I have heard of some horror stories of people that never got an item or what came was absolute junk. Buying a Amplifier that has a problem for a low price may make a good project.
  • Frequency: 20-30 MHz
  • Mode: AM-FM-SSB-CW
  • Power Supply: 12 - 14VDC Input energy/power: 12 - 30 A Input power: 1-6 W AM/FM Input power: 2-12 W SSB/CW Output power - 250 W Max Output power: 450 PEP Max
  • Fuse - 3x10 A Output power level - 6 Size - 170x295x62 mm Antenna preamplifier - 26 dB Electronic Switch Inversion polarity protection
  • Made in Italy. This model is for export only, only ship to the address outside of US
  Some other Ham Radio Amplifiers that seem to do pretty well are the Amplifiers made by RM Italy. The prices of these amplifiers are not bad at all. I have watched reviews on youtube about some of these amplifiers and they generally pretty good. They tend to range in output from 150 watts to upwards of 600 watts. They usually are more of a mobile type of amplifier and are solid state. They do have one model that is more of a base type and it puts out about 300 watts. Below you can see some specifications on it.It Should be noted that from what I understand they are not legal in the united states by the FCC.

  • Frequency 1.5 - 30 MHz, Supply 110 or 230/240 Vac, Input energy/power 800 VA, Input power 1 - 14 W, Output power: 250-300 W, All Mode, All Fuse 4A
  • 300W Output Solid State Amplifiers
  • Instant use without setup Over 300 Watts Key-down. Output Instant Band-switching, no tuning, no warm-up SWR protected, 1.5-30 MHz.
  • Quiet Variable-Speed Cooling System. LCD Display and Front Panel LEDs. Manual or Automatic band selection. Possible to customize many options. Using two MosFets SD 2941-10 operates from 50 Volts for efficient, low distortion and linear RF power
  • low distortion and linear RF power service. Fan speed is regulated by temperature sensors, assuring minimum noise for adeguate cooling. A large heat-sink permits a long QSO times at max power .
  • A full range HF amplifier with automatic or manual band switching.
  • Ideal for use with the Yaesu FT817 & FT897 and Icom 703, but suitable for use with any low power HF radio.
  • Frequency : 1.5 - 30 MHz , covers 160 meters, 80 meters, 60 meters, 40 meters, 30 meters, 20 meters, 17 meters, 15 meters, 12 meters and 10 meters
  • This model is for export only, only ship to the address outside of US
  • Input power - 2-15 W, Output power - 300 W Max (Output power SSB - 500 W Max)
  There are plenty of other Amplifiers in the used category that do an excellent job. Some popular brands in amplifiers are Collins, Yaesu, Kenwood, Henry and Heathkit as well as many others. You will find that the prices in the used category will vary quite a bit. I would make sure that you have good insurance on the item just in case it gets damaged in shipping. Some of these bigger amplifiers can be quite heavy due to the transformer they have inside. You may also find a Ham Radio Amplifier at a garage sale, hamfest or an estate sale.
  On a final note I would advise that none of these amplifiers should be used on the 11 meter band unless you want to be visited by the FCC. The 11 meter band only allows 4 watts for AM and about 12 Watts on SSB. In any event have fun busting up that pile up and stay safe.
  Thank You for reading from Dan KC2YTI 73s.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

What Is Your Favorite Kind Of Watch

  Do you have a favorite kind of watch to wear. Sometimes I just see a particular watch and it catches my eye. Ever since I was young I always liked a watch that was water resistant down to a certain depth. I think it was because we used to go swimming and that if it was near the pool and got wet it was still okay. I remember a few times jumping in the pool and I still had it on and thankfully it was water resistant and did not get ruined. I seem to remember having an old Timex watch that was not water resistant and it was ruined by getting wet. It may have fallen in the pool and that was the end of that.
  There are so many different brands that it sometimes was hard to choose. I do prefer a watch that has at least 3 dials in it and has hands not digital. Although I do have a Timex Ironman Digital Watch that I wear to work and it has never had a problem. I have changed the battery at least two times since owning it. I tend to prefer a watch that is in the skin divers category. That again goes back to the waterproof choice. I also like them because they are generally big and have a manly look to them.
  As far as watches go I also have preferences when it comes to wearing it in a dress up situation. I tend to like the gold color over the silver. I also prefer a stretch type band over a leather or rubber type wrist strap. I also like hands and numbers in a dress up watch, but if I can find one with small dials as well I tend to like that look. I generally do not shop in the expensive category just because I can not afford it. Maybe one day I will, but for now I am happy with what I have.
  Another kind of watch I like is a pocket watch. I have always liked these ever since I had gotten my grandfathers pocket watch he carried in world war one and two. It does not work, but is an awesome memory. I have other pocket watches that my kids have given over the years. I kind of keep them in a safe place. I guess you could say I more or less like to collect them. They may not be expensive, but the worlds greatest dad makes it awesome.
  I would just like to say Thank You For Reading.