Friday, September 25, 2020

Plaid Model S Excitement

If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably know that I am an unabashed Tesla fan. My heart lies with the Model S, the only car that I have ever bought twice.

The recent Laguna Seca record-setting lap has me excited. One thing that stood to me was the e-stop stuck to the dash. I wonder what it does. Does it cut the main battery pack contactor? Wouldn't it be too late by the time it needs to be disengaged? Does it dump fire suppressant over the vehicle? Well, I might be too far out of the loop to ever know what function it performs but decided to re-create the look for fun.

The Resistor Network Plaid Model S :]
The total cost was $15 for a pair of dubious e-stop switches and a couple of small squares of 3M VHB. I put on my longboarding attire and snapped a few photos with my new Canon R5. After a little futzing about in Adobe Lightroom, I ended up with this.

My blog has been a little light on projects lately. Work definitely keeps me busy. It is fun to head out and be creative every once in a while though. This was taken near The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. There is a Supercharger nearby.

I hope you enjoy my fun and congratulations to Sebastian Vittel on the impressive lap!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Amateur Radio from 2900ft. on Mount Diablo | 146.520MHz FM Simplex

Over the past weekend I took a solo, socially-distanced road trip to Mount Diablo to try out my Amateur Radio station. The results far exceeded my expectations and I ended up making more than 25 contacts total.
View from Mount Diablo with Antenna on Trunk
I decided to put together a video about my adventure. It turned out to be a nice day and a good way to get out of the house. The Amateur Radio Community is incredibly friendly which made for many smiles and fun contacts.


I decided to QSL as many of these contacts as possible. I hope to get some interest cards back from the various operators that I was able to reach.
First QSL Card Design: Lick Observatory
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the video :]