Monday, November 28, 2011

portable PVC CB modification

Problem:  Constructing a complete, stand alone PVC CB that will not only clear up low level surf overcast but make it tinker-toy simple to assemble.

I'm a tinkerer, not a mechanical engineer, so coming up with a low cost, full sweep, modified, satellite dish cb that can be set up quickly, in any terrain, took some thought before I settled on being simple about it.

The platform is 3/4" plywood with four 2x4's radiating out to make this unit as stable as possible.  The low profile of the dish, field generator, and pipe give it a low center of gravity, preventing tip over from strong winds or clumsy people.  The dish, field generator, and PVC pipe is a single unit and the legs are held on by wing nuts.  No tools required for assembly.  The base, ring generator, and big pipe are shellacked as an organic layer and protective coating.  Looks pretty cool, too.

The field generator is has a few improvements.  Hell, every field generator I build has a few improvements and this one is four generations beyond the one I'm now using.  I'm not satisfied with just grinding out cookie cutter field generators and orgonite using the same formula, the same way, as if I was producing assembly line, mass produced crap for the masses.  These units aren't just functional works of art.  Each unit has distinct improvements from the previous model, which was an improvement from the one before.  I'm satisfied this unit rocks better than anything I made before in ways I didn't expect.

A friend of mine uses sand as the primary ingredient in his orgonite with powdered aluminum and just enough resin to hold it together.  Since sand is primarily crushed quartz, compressing it with resin and powdered metals should be enough to produce very strong orgonite.  And it does because sand IS quartz, and his orgonite is not only incredible but the lowest in cost.
So, the secondary density in this field generator has six handfuls of play sand and two teaspoons of powdered aluminum per quart of resin.  By comparison, the inner density that contains the mobius is powdered copper and iron oxide in a very dense mixture.  The result is a 28 lb powered field generator with a secondary density powerful enough to run in passive mode.  The torus shape concentrates and directs the energy output far more efficiently than a basic CB three times it's mass.  Introducing frequency is just icing on the cake to this stand-alone orgone generator.   

The test consisted of pointing it south and powering it up with 14Hz for one day and letting it run in passive mode for six more days.

The weather for that week was sunshine, blue skies, gentle breezes, and not a drop of rain in sight.  Rather impressive, considering we've had more rain than any place in North America since spring.

I figure if it can cure a rainy day in Pennsylvania it can easily blow away those pesky low level surf clouds that make west coast tanning such a chore.

I wonder if Al Gore would approve?

Friday, November 04, 2011

does anyone use tools anymore?

Cell phones aren't designed to hold up to abuse.  Almost everyone I know gets a new phone every couple of months, in part, because of planned obsolescence, engineered fragility, and the endless thirst for more whistles and bells.  Phones are now boredom killing, communication pocket pals that makes Spock's tricorder look primitive by comparison. 

Well, my cheap, thirty dollar, pay-as-you-go, minimalistic burner hit the concrete once too often, resulting in a handful of parts that didn't light up any more.  It's not the loss of the phone that bothered me but losing all those contacts is a real bitch, especially when you don't have a backup.  I figured the phone I found after a party might be useful so I switched chips only to find my chip was incompatible with with this phone.  After a few inquiries I learned the sim card and chipset are married and the service I had wouldn't retrieve my contacts. 
Well, that sucks!

I don't give up that easily and decided to try and fix it just enough to retrieve my contacts.  Considering these things are mass produced by machines in automated Chinese factories with an expected lifespan of a Bic lighter and a price tag equivalent to the minutes it comes with, it stands to reason a cell phone repair business is a less than adequate career choice.  I figured, nothing ventured, nothing gained and got my jewelers glass and the smallest tools I could find to perform micro-surgery on a throw away phone most people wouldn't bother with at 20 times the price.

Maybe that's what's wrong with society today.  We all know we spend tons of money on crap that will eventually break but we buy it anyway and immediately replace it when it breaks and never consider repair as an option because we don't have the time, knowledge, abilities, intelligence, or patience to do much more than buy some other limited lifespan gizmo with even more colored lights and cool sounds.

I understand the whole thing about how making crap that breaks is good for the economy but do we have to lose critical thinking and the ability to use simple hand tools as a trade off?  Can't someone build an automated phone factory some place besides China?  It doesn't have to be a big factory and you won't need people to make the phones.  What's a cell phone cost?  A couple hundred bucks?  Parts cost pennies and machines work day and night.  You'd think someone out there might give this idea a go if not for any other reason but bragging rights as the only place that makes phones in the U.S.A.  What ever happened to that pioneering spirit?  I can't believe we have a nation of 300 million people fixated on buying cell phones from an automated factory on the other side of the world without questioning why it's ok for China to have the monopoly on cell phone manufacture, as well as everything else.  Seems a lot of people piss and moan about it and that's about it.

Anyway, using a micro phillips, tweezers, and a jewelers glass I tore two phones down to their smallest parts and cobbled together one working cell with my contacts still intact.  Of course, the phone I used for parts is now totally scrap but I only kept it around just in case the remote possibility of this type of situation might occur.  Besides, the jerk who left it here deserved an asshole tax, at the very least.

Don't ya love it when things go positive full circle?

Thanks, Dave.