General Class Lesson 1.2 Video Updated

YouTube somehow truncated the original General Lesson 1.2 video, so I re-posted the complete video and put a notice on the bad one that points viewers to the complete version. Thanks to reader Bob Esplin for bringing the issue to my attention.

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Amateur Extra Class Lesson 6.4, Power Supplies

Here’s your video introduction to Section 6.4, Power Supplies, in the ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio.

After you’ve viewed the video, read the section in the book, and feel comfortable with the relevant test questions, click here to return to the list of videos.

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Where Have I Been All November? Nanowrimo!

Nanowrimo, or more officially, National Novel Writing Month, is an Internet happening every November. The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel entirely in the month of November. I’ve been participating for several years. In fact, the Broomstick books found their genesis in the 2005 Nanowrimo, and the 2013 Nanowrimo brought The Berki Blunder. And, did I do it in 2014? YES! I made it across the finish line today, a day early.

Woohoo! Hours and hours of writing in November!

Woohoo! Hours and hours of writing in November!

Mind you, 50,000 words is several hours at the computer every day, which is why only one new Amateur Extra video was posted this month. I’m looking forward to finishing the book and polishing it off. It will probably be available sometime in the spring of 2015. The story? It’s called The Capricorn Conundrum. A ship has come from a planet around the star system Alpha Capricorni, and is intent on colonizing earth. Except they find that it’s already inhabited. Do they turn around and go back? Or do they wipe out all the earthlings so they can claim earth as theirs? That’s the Capricorn Conundrum!

By the way, what did I win? Well, the privilege of downloading a PDF certificate and writing my name on it. And the ability to purchase a winner’s tee shirt. Well, what I really won was getting an idea on paper. The contest provides the incentive to make it happen.

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Amateur Extra Class Lesson 6.3, Filters and Impedance Matching

Here’s your video introduction to Section 6.3, Filters and Impedance Matching, in the ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio.

After you’ve viewed the video, studied the section, and are comfortable with the associated test questions, you can return to the list of videos by clicking here.

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Amateur Extra Class Lesson 6.2: Signal Processing

Here’s your video introduction to Section 6.2, “Signal Processing,” in the ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio.

After you’ve finished viewing the video, studying the material in the text, and have become comfortable with the relevant test questions, you can return to the list of videos by clicking here.

By the way, if you’re interested in the book Crystal Clear: The Struggle for Reliable Communications Technology in World War II, the ISBN is 978-1-118-10464-4, and can be found on Amazon by clicking here. It’s written by a scientist rather than a writer, and that shows from time to time, but I found it fascinating nonetheless.

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Amateur Extra Lesson 6.1, Amplifiers

Here’s your video introduction to Section 6.1, Amplifiers, in the ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio.

After you’ve viewed the video, read the section, and are comfortable with the applicable test questions, you can return to the list of Amateur Extra Videos by clicking here.

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Colorado Fall Color Snapshots along Ouray County Road 5

Here are a few photos I took this morning along Ouray (Colorado) County Road 5. If you’d prefer to see these six along with others in a video slideshow format, click here.

Of course the big draw is Mt. Sneffels.

Of course the big draw is Mt. Sneffels.

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Colorado Fall Color Along Ouray County Road 5

The fall color along Ouray County Road 5 is a local secret—not the domain of tourists—shame, they’re really missing out! Loretta and I took the trip this morning. I snapped a bunch of pics with my Pentax K100 (yes, raw) and put together this short video to showcase the results. And what’s amazing? Here it is October 14th, and the leaves are still on the trees! All it’ll take is one good windstorm and we’ll be headed into winter. By the way, the video is best if you watch it full screen at 1080p.

The music is from the YouTube audio library, a short piece called “Swamp Stomp” by Silent Partner.

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My new book, The Berki Blunder, is now available on Amazon

You know me: I do travel videos and ham radio training videos and I like to have fun. And I had fun writing The Berki Blunder, a short science fiction book written largely from the aliens’ point of view. You can get a kick out of it too!

The Berki Blunder, by Dave Casler, now available on Amazon and via the Mt. Sneffels Press Fantasy Catalog

The Berki Blunder, by Dave Casler, now available on Amazon and via the Mt. Sneffels Press Fantasy Catalog

The Berki Blunder is now available two ways: via the Mt. Sneffels Press Fantasy Catalog, and directly from Amazon.

An alien ship, in trouble, lands on Hollywood Boulevard. Bad enough? And it’s the day of the big premier of the SciFi movie Asteroid, so they land amid huge crowds. It gets worse… One of the crew members is lost trying to find a bathroom. Two earthlings who help replace the broken motivators won’t leave the ship. And the U. S. Air Force has them surrounded. What are the poor Berki to do?

The Berki are aliens. We’ve heard everything about aliens, right?—how they’re so advanced they’ll order us around, or so cute we want to cuddle them, or so evil they’ll destroy us. But what if they’ve figured out interstellar travel, but not much else? The earth would certainly seem mysterious: advanced cities, cell phones, and blockbuster movies. And this strange thing called the Internet, which they fear is a form of magic they’ll be unable to duplicate. So they fly around and gather what information they can. And maybe look for a lost comrade while they’re at it. That is, as long as their spacecraft works properly. They’re on the Periwinkle, a Maginator-class spacecraft, a class not known for its reliability. Welcome aboard!

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Fall Color Along Colorado State Hwy 92

My friend Gary and I took a motorcycle ride along Colorado State Highway 92. Here are nine pics of the fall color along the stretch of highway west of Blue Mesa Dam.

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