Once upon a time i heard a story of pepper and pyramids. From that i concluded that the Gargantuan Pyramids were not built by punishment but by reward. This was the main Economic Activity of the Ancient World. It kept many people busy in those days, even today it supports an entire industry and makes tourists ecstatic and nostalgic.
The secret of Management of Ancient Egypt was Pepper, The other Technique, Whipping just did not work (it probably increased Healthcare costs). Pepper made them work harder and even the Pharaoh remained in his cubicle/cabin a few hours more. Pepper became the currency, this lead to The “Pepper Standard”.
In the Perpandle (Perpetual Candle) below, A cap from a Salt/Pepper Set had to be used in this upgrade. This Peppering is dedicated to the Egyptians who worshiped the Sun. They knew one day we all will depend on Solar Energy.
The Pharaohs and their Administrative Team displayed rare Genius. Not only they created employment opportunities in that era, but also made a Pension Plan for the descendants of that Ancient Land. It’s working even today.
The foundation is a Gaming Joystick, the Center piece is a bamboo tube. The bottom of this pipe is a brass part. A autotransformer dial is the big washer. The LEDs on both sides of a PCB in a Translucent Plastic Measurement Cup which comes with Vitamin Tonics. The second version the LEDs and Resistors was built into an Acrylic Like Transparent Salt/Pepper Spherical cap. On it was mounted a Transparent cupboard knob, giving it that exotic Byzantine look.
Perpetual Candle Project moves onward. Completes One Year only with Aesthetic Fixes. No Electronic Failures as it uses Ni-Cd Batteries and sensible conservative design.
Its a Paper Mache Ball on Ferrite. The Base is a DIN Bezel. Many parts are Electromechanical and Electronic Metal Hardware. Plastic Caps and Reed Relays too.
Thanks Weller for making the Best Soldering Iron –
Here two 1.44 Mb floppy boxes were used up creatively, an unique Desktop Utility was created. 1.44 Mb seems to be supersede-ed by Pen Drives or Thumb Drives. This is as Green as you can get, no plastic waste. Something rare, one of a kind. You don’t get these kind of things in the stores. So DIY, Recycle.
“I am not a professional electronics engineer, nor do I have an electronics degree. I make no claims for technical accuracy, good design, or necessarily even originality for the contents of these pages.
Rather, I am a simple enthusiast attempting to convey my love and enjoyment of radio, electronics, laptops and computing and perhaps to inspire YOU to build something too.”
Radio Electronics Projects – Hans Summers G0UPL
This ultra-low power QRSS beacon was designed to be as efficient as possible, and produce a milliwatt or few from low voltage, low current supply. My intention was to investigate the use of natural power sources to operate the beacon.
Steve G0XAR visited the G0UPL shack and took some photos of proceedings. Combined with a sneakily obtained photo of G0UPL sleeping somewhere in Texas en-route to Ozarkcon 2007, G0XAR produced this very nice QSL card suggestion!
Low power QRSS beacon – Hans Summers G0UPL
Here are two pictures which try to convey the small size of this ‘scope. Compare it to my usual HP1741A, and the size of my hand. While I’m here (and have got some spare space), I’ll also tell you that the cabinet “feet” are in fact screw covers, which are available from the DIY store too. They make perfect feet, screwed onto the aluminium angle. Unlike the usual stick-on self-adhesive feet which you can buy, which have a rather limited lifetime before they will drop off.
A simple all-valve 1-inch oscilloscope by Ian Wilson K3IMW and Hans Summers G0UPL