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Re: Sad news

Lindy KG7IFA
 

Shocked and sad.  I just spoke with Tom and we will be sending flowers to Jim's family expressing sympathy from the club.  His loss will be felt by all of us.

Lindy, KG7IFA


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp@...>
To: snovarc@groups.io
Sent: Fri, Sep 11, 2020 1:49 pm
Subject: [SnoVARC] Sad news

SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 
 
At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 
 
Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 
 
73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.
 
Take care,
 
Tom, WA7TBP
 
 


Re: Sad news

lindamilth
 

Yes, so sad!  Jim was always so patient and helpful. 

Milt, KI7NWS

Virus-free. www.avg.com


On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 2:18 PM Rick Burns <kb7cin@...> wrote:

Life just doesn’t prepare us for these moments. I too am very sad even though I wasn’t that close to him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

 

Rick

Kb7cin

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io [mailto:snovarc@snovarc.groups.io] On Behalf Of Tom WA7TBP via groups.io
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2020 1:49 PM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] Sad news

 

SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 

 

At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 

 

Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 

 

73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.

 

Take care,

 

Tom, WA7TBP

 

 



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Milt's phone: 206-910-7191
Linda's phone: 206-910-4140

Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: Sad news

Rick Burns
 

Life just doesn’t prepare us for these moments. I too am very sad even though I wasn’t that close to him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

 

Rick

Kb7cin

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io [mailto:snovarc@snovarc.groups.io] On Behalf Of Tom WA7TBP via groups.io
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2020 1:49 PM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] Sad news

 

SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 

 

At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 

 

Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 

 

73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.

 

Take care,

 

Tom, WA7TBP

 

 


Re: Sad news

Robin Amundson
 

Enormous cavern. Beyond... i can't process.


On Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 2:15 PM Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:
I’m staggered and saddened by this loss but I’m so, so grateful that I am among those who benefited from Jim’s depth of knowledge and his abiding enthusiasm for sharing what he knew and helping others learn.

Jim was one of the hams who reached out to elmer me when I first got licensed and he has been for a long time one of the first people I turned to when I had a ham radio problem and was stumped.  I’m going to miss him a lot.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Sep 11, 2020, at 1:49 PM, Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp@...> wrote:

SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 
 
At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 
 
Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 
 
73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.
 
Take care,
 
Tom, WA7TBP
 
 


Re: Sad news

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I’m staggered and saddened by this loss but I’m so, so grateful that I am among those who benefited from Jim’s depth of knowledge and his abiding enthusiasm for sharing what he knew and helping others learn.

Jim was one of the hams who reached out to elmer me when I first got licensed and he has been for a long time one of the first people I turned to when I had a ham radio problem and was stumped.  I’m going to miss him a lot.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Sep 11, 2020, at 1:49 PM, Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp@...> wrote:

SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 
 
At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 
 
Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 
 
73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.
 
Take care,
 
Tom, WA7TBP
 
 


Re: Sad news

Dale Smith
 

This is sad news. My hope and prayers go out to his family.

 

Regards,

Dale Smith

425-686-9304

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU

 

"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice."

- American author, historian and philosopher Will Durant

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom WA7TBP via groups.io
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2020 1:49 PM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] Sad news

 

SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 

 

At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 

 

Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 

 

73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.

 

Take care,

 

Tom, WA7TBP

 

 


Re: Sad news

Robin Amundson
 

Shock and sadness! Tom, please let us know how we can help Jim's wife. 
Robin, WA7CPA 


On Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 1:49 PM Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 
 
At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 
 
Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 
 
73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.
 
Take care,
 
Tom, WA7TBP
 
 


Re: Sad news

Shawn / K7ATA
 

I don't have good words for how this makes me feel, I was just talking to him last week about some of the tech plans and ideas... Jim has been the only guy I've known that regularly hatched even crazier ideas than my own. He will be missed.



$#!7 F*(&


--Shawn
--K7ATA

On 9/11/2020 1:49 PM, Tom WA7TBP via groups.io wrote:
SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things.
At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well.
Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that.
73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.
Take care,
Tom, WA7TBP


Re: Sad news

Rowland
 

I am sitting here in total shock. I knew he had issues but had no idea they were that serious. He was a great mentor and Elmer. He will be missed by all who knew him. 

Rowland 

On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 1:49 PM Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:




SNOVARC members:



It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 


 


At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 


 


Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 


 


73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.


 


If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.


 


Take care,


 


Tom, WA7TBP


 


 












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Thanks,
Rowland


Re: Sad news

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Oh my! I am so saddened, shocked and  surprised to hear this. My deepest sympathies to Jims family and friends. 

On Sep 11, 2020, at 1:49 PM, Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp@...> wrote:

SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 
 
At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 
 
Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 
 
73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.
 
Take care,
 
Tom, WA7TBP
 
 


***********************************
Howard Mahran
(425) 864-5104
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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Sad news

Tom WA7TBP
 

SNOVARC members:

It is with deep sadness that I must inform all of you that Jim Meyers, W7ABD, became a silent key Wednesday or Thursday of this week. As many of you know, Jim's health hadn't been the best for the past several years. We have all benefited from Jim's willingness to Elmer operators old and new, keeping our repeaters up and running, teaching classes and being a great source of information for so many things. 
 
At this point in time, I do not have information about a memorial service. As soon as I get any information, I will be sure to pass on the details. Please keep Jim's family and other friends in your thoughts and prayers. If the family reaches outs for help, I will be sure to pass along that information as well. 
 
Please remember Jim's willingness to Elmer others by offering to be an Elmer yourself. I am sure Jim would appreciate that. 
 
73, Jim, we will miss hearing W7ABD on the air.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call my cell, 206-714-8646.
 
Take care,
 
Tom, WA7TBP
 
 


DMR Hotspot series/Zoom invitation

Robin Amundson
 

Main@PSDMRC.groups.io Calendar <Main@psdmrc.groups.io>
Attachments8:15 PM (34 minutes ago)
 
 
to Main@PSDMRC.groups.io
 
 
 
 
Sep12Sat
Hot Spot Education Series - Session #…
 
When Sat Sep 12, 2020 6pm – 7pm (PDT)
Where https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkd-qqqT8pHtJKj6_SMk90Ym61HOcxvcg8
Who Jamie WA7JH*
Agenda
Sat Sep 12, 2020
No earlier events
6pm Hot Spot Education Series - Session #…
No later events
 

Hot Spot Education Series - Session #1:“What is a Hot Spot & why might I want one.”

When:
Saturday, 12 September 2020
6:00pm to 7:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkd-qqqT8pHtJKj6_SMk90Ym61HOcxvcg8

Organizer: Jamie WA7JH wa7jh@... 3603624575

Description:

Good Evening,

 

I wanted to invite everyone to join a educational series surrounding hot spots with the first session this Saturday, September 12th, at 18:00 PST.

Michael Ricky, AF6FB, of California’s largest amateur radio club, the Papa System, and host of the DMR Round Table, will be presenting,

What is a Hot Spot & why might I want one.”

This session is being held on Zoom and will last about an hour.

 

The series schedule will be as follows:

September 12th, 18:00 PST  (1 Hour)– What is a Hot Spot, and why do I want or need one? Presenter: Michael Ricky AF6FB

September 19th, 18:00 PST (1-2 Hours) – What are my options for a Hot Spot(s)? Presenter: Rob Fanfant N7QT

 

To be announced: The following are tentative.

September 26th, 18:00 PST (1-3 Hours) – Now that I own one, how do I build and configure it? Presenter: Jamie Hughes WA7JH and Team

October 3rd, 18:00 (1-2 Hours) – What are some of the advanced features and how do I configure those? Presenter: Michael Ricky AF6FB and Team

 

We even have a prize from C4Labs of Tacoma Washington as a giveaway.

 

To join, register here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkd-qqqT8pHtJKj6_SMk90Ym61HOcxvcg8

 

Hope to see you there!

 

73,

 

Jamie Hughes

WA7JH

Founder

Email: wa7jh@...

Phone: (360) 362-4575

Puget Sound Digital Mobile Radio Coalition

 

 


Re: [SnoVARC Emcomm] Do you have a police/fire scanner?

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 
Edited

Thanks Tom…. I was looking at the BCD536HP over the SDS-200 simply due to price  – it seems capable but appears to be pretty long in the tooth when it comes to interface…. Old doesn’t mean bad, but the interface looks pretty out-dated…  Is this a unit worth starting out with?

 

 

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom WA7TBP via groups.io
Sent: Monday, September 7, 2020 12:47 PM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: [SnoVARC] [SnoVARC Emcomm] Do you have a police/fire scanner?

 

 

 


From: tomwa7tbp@...
To: wa1hem@...
Sent: 9/7/2020 10:31:15 Pacific Standard Time
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC Emcomm] Do you have a police/fire scanner?

Hi Howard and everyone:

 

I have been using Uniden Bearcat scanners for years. I have had excellent luck with them. The models I have are as follows:

    Base stations: SDS 200, BCD536HP

    Hand held units: SDS 100, BCD396T

 

My favorite base unit is the SDS 200. My favorite hand held unit is the SDS 100. A word of caution. If you have never been a scanner nerd like me, there is a bit of a learning curve for all of the units I have mentioned. The best feature of all the units above, with the exception of the BCD396T are they have all the frequencies for the US and Canada included in them. You can select them by entering in your zip code. If you would like a demonstration, I would be happy to do that for you. The down side of units is they are spendy. You can look them up on the internet. Try Zip Scanners and Scanner World. You can see the other makes as well.

 

You have my phone numbers, don't hesitate to call.

 

73,

 

Tom, WA7TBP

 

 

In a message dated 9/7/2020 10:17:18 Pacific Standard Time, wa1hem@... writes:

 

Do folks include police/fire scanner as part of their EmComm setup? (Obviously, I know Tom does).. Wondering what you all use (or not)? If yes, is there a recommended scanner?

 


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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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[SnoVARC Emcomm] Do you have a police/fire scanner?

Tom WA7TBP
 

 
 

From: tomwa7tbp@...
To: wa1hem@...
Sent: 9/7/2020 10:31:15 Pacific Standard Time
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC Emcomm] Do you have a police/fire scanner?

Hi Howard and everyone:
 
I have been using Uniden Bearcat scanners for years. I have had excellent luck with them. The models I have are as follows:
    Base stations: SDS 200, BCD536HP
    Hand held units: SDS 100, BCD396T
 
My favorite base unit is the SDS 200. My favorite hand held unit is the SDS 100. A word of caution. If you have never been a scanner nerd like me, there is a bit of a learning curve for all of the units I have mentioned. The best feature of all the units above, with the exception of the BCD396T are they have all the frequencies for the US and Canada included in them. You can select them by entering in your zip code. If you would like a demonstration, I would be happy to do that for you. The down side of units is they are spendy. You can look them up on the internet. Try Zip Scanners and Scanner World. You can see the other makes as well.
 
You have my phone numbers, don't hesitate to call.
 
73,
 
Tom, WA7TBP
 
 
In a message dated 9/7/2020 10:17:18 Pacific Standard Time, wa1hem@... writes:
 
Do folks include police/fire scanner as part of their EmComm setup? (Obviously, I know Tom does).. Wondering what you all use (or not)? If yes, is there a recommended scanner?


Tarheels in the park

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

Great to physically see you all (in your masks of course!) at the park to talk Tarheels. Good conversation and learnings again for me! Thank you Paul (W7PFB) for setting it up!!



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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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Re: flashlights

Lindy KG7IFA
 

Thanks Paul.  Your flashlight link says the product has been discontinued, although it is available on Amazon.  And FYI, the key chain light is also available on Amazon, both with free shipping and free return.  Hard to imagine how bright 2300 lumens would be!  I thought our $10 flashlights were bright with only 1000 lumens (also with the 18650 rechargeable battery): https://amazon.com/gp/product/B081TKX37Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...>
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Sep 6, 2020 8:52 am
Subject: [SnoVARC] flashlights

Part of my everyday carry is an 18650 flashlight. (an Olight H2R https://olightworld.com/olight-h2r).  It’s actually a headlamp but I just carry the light, not the headband.  It uses an 18650 cell.

If I’m dressed, this thing is with me, just like my knife and a Fisher Space Pen.  Always.  This flashlight is the latest in a long series of flashlights that I’ve carried all the time.  I’ve carried a flashlight all day every day since 1995 or thereabouts.

It’s a very rare day I don’t use it, probably more than once.  Trying to find out what the dog is trying to get out from under the couch?  use the light.  Look for a loose connection?  Use the light.  Walking the dogs at night and hear something in the forest?  Use the light.  Worried you have a flat tire in a parking lot at night?  Use the light.  Heck, walk from the store to your car thru a dark parking lot, use the light.  Our lives are full of under-illuminated situations.  Modern LED flashlights are so bright, so compact, and so lightweight that carrying a flashlight everywhere you go is not a big deal.  And they are *so very useful*.  Until you carry one as a matter of habit, you don’t realize how often you will use it.

So.  I think I paid $85 for this thing.  The battery is rechargeable and will probably last 5 years.  In five years I’ll probably replace it with a newer, better light.  So, for $1.40/month or less than a nickel a day I have a reliable flashlight, always close to fully charged, right at hand.

If you are unconvinced, get one of these: https://www.olightstore.com/i1r-2-kit-double.html and carry it in your pocket all the time.  It’s .6” in diameter and 1.75” long and weighs about half an ounce.  That’s roughly the size and weight of a stick of lip balm.  You could put it on your keychain if you carry your keys all the time.  See how often you use it.  You can thank me later.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Sep 6, 2020, at 7:59 AM, Rowland <rowland.brasch@...> wrote:

Those  are expensive.

On Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 3:27 AM Shawn / K7ATA <shawn@...> wrote:
I'm slowly converting everything I own, that uses batteries, to 18650

cells; LED flashlights are relatively cheap, and charging an 18650 is

logistically no different than charging a cell phone. (still needs a

cable/adapter)





I literally have dozens of spare cells, and getting more is usually not

a problem.



--Shawn

--K7ATA



On 9/5/2020 8:27 PM, Rowland wrote:

> Good plan

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>     batteries Like Duracell and Energizer would never leak inside your

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>     I now store all my batteries, like Ralph these days in ziplock bags

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>     On 9/5/20 17:40, Ralph Lease wrote:

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>>     Note to self: as go bag lights/devices seldom

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Thanks,
Rowland


Re: Go bags

Shawn / K7ATA
 

I can get new Samsung 3000Ah 18650s for $5 each, which is roughly the same price as a 4-pack of non-rechargeable AAA cells; and with at least 250 charge cycles in their lifecycle, they're cheap.


https://www.batteryjunction.com/samsung-30q-18650-3000-flat.html


--Shawn
--K7ATA

On 9/6/2020 7:59 AM, Rowland wrote:
Those  are expensive.

On Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 3:27 AM Shawn / K7ATA <shawn@... <mailto:shawn@...>> wrote:

I'm slowly converting everything I own, that uses batteries, to 18650

cells; LED flashlights are relatively cheap, and charging an 18650 is

logistically no different than charging a cell phone. (still needs a

cable/adapter)





I literally have dozens of spare cells, and getting more is
usually not

a problem.



--Shawn

--K7ATA



On 9/5/2020 8:27 PM, Rowland wrote:

> Good plan

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> On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 6:18 PM W7ABD <w7abd1@...
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>     I have found the quality of Alkaline Batteries, Like
everything else

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>     on the market these days has deteriorated.  Used to be the
leading

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>     batteries Like Duracell and Energizer would never leak
inside your

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>     devices.  Only the "cheap" batteries would do that. But not
anymore

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>     - they leak just like the "cheap" ones. <sad>

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>     I now store all my batteries, like Ralph these days in
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>     Jim

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>>     batteries.  With winter coming decided to check all flashlights

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>>     including in my go bag. Had to dispose of my mini Maglite

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>>     flashlight due to a battery exploding in the light. Not worth

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>>     Note to self: as go bag lights/devices seldom

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>>     not in the flashlights. If a battery goes bad and leaks it

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flashlights

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Part of my everyday carry is an 18650 flashlight. (an Olight H2R https://olightworld.com/olight-h2r).  It’s actually a headlamp but I just carry the light, not the headband.  It uses an 18650 cell.

If I’m dressed, this thing is with me, just like my knife and a Fisher Space Pen.  Always.  This flashlight is the latest in a long series of flashlights that I’ve carried all the time.  I’ve carried a flashlight all day every day since 1995 or thereabouts.

It’s a very rare day I don’t use it, probably more than once.  Trying to find out what the dog is trying to get out from under the couch?  use the light.  Look for a loose connection?  Use the light.  Walking the dogs at night and hear something in the forest?  Use the light.  Worried you have a flat tire in a parking lot at night?  Use the light.  Heck, walk from the store to your car thru a dark parking lot, use the light.  Our lives are full of under-illuminated situations.  Modern LED flashlights are so bright, so compact, and so lightweight that carrying a flashlight everywhere you go is not a big deal.  And they are *so very useful*.  Until you carry one as a matter of habit, you don’t realize how often you will use it.

So.  I think I paid $85 for this thing.  The battery is rechargeable and will probably last 5 years.  In five years I’ll probably replace it with a newer, better light.  So, for $1.40/month or less than a nickel a day I have a reliable flashlight, always close to fully charged, right at hand.

If you are unconvinced, get one of these: https://www.olightstore.com/i1r-2-kit-double.html and carry it in your pocket all the time.  It’s .6” in diameter and 1.75” long and weighs about half an ounce.  That’s roughly the size and weight of a stick of lip balm.  You could put it on your keychain if you carry your keys all the time.  See how often you use it.  You can thank me later.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Sep 6, 2020, at 7:59 AM, Rowland <rowland.brasch@...> wrote:

Those  are expensive.

On Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 3:27 AM Shawn / K7ATA <shawn@...> wrote:
I'm slowly converting everything I own, that uses batteries, to 18650

cells; LED flashlights are relatively cheap, and charging an 18650 is

logistically no different than charging a cell phone. (still needs a

cable/adapter)





I literally have dozens of spare cells, and getting more is usually not

a problem.



--Shawn

--K7ATA



On 9/5/2020 8:27 PM, Rowland wrote:

> Good plan

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> On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 6:18 PM W7ABD <w7abd1@...

> <mailto:w7abd1@...>> wrote:

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>     I have found the quality of Alkaline Batteries, Like everything else

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>     on the market these days has deteriorated.  Used to be the leading

>

>     batteries Like Duracell and Energizer would never leak inside your

>

>     devices.  Only the "cheap" batteries would do that. But not anymore

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>     - they leak just like the "cheap" ones.  <sad>

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>     I now store all my batteries, like Ralph these days in ziplock bags

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>     outside of my devices.

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>>     Went to use a flashlight today and it needed new

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>>     batteries.  With winter coming decided to check all flashlights

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>>     including in my go bag. Had to dispose of my mini Maglite

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>>     flashlight due to a battery exploding in the light. Not worth

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>>     trying to get the cell out.

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>>     Note to self: as go bag lights/devices seldom

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>>     get used, store batteries in the go bag in a zip lock bag and

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>>     not in the flashlights. If a battery goes bad and leaks it

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>>     will not ruin the light/device.

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> Rowland

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Thanks,
Rowland


Re: Go bags

Rowland
 

Those  are expensive.

On Sun, Sep 6, 2020 at 3:27 AM Shawn / K7ATA <shawn@...> wrote:
I'm slowly converting everything I own, that uses batteries, to 18650

cells; LED flashlights are relatively cheap, and charging an 18650 is

logistically no different than charging a cell phone. (still needs a

cable/adapter)





I literally have dozens of spare cells, and getting more is usually not

a problem.



--Shawn

--K7ATA



On 9/5/2020 8:27 PM, Rowland wrote:

> Good plan

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> On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 6:18 PM W7ABD <w7abd1@...

> <mailto:w7abd1@...>> wrote:

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>     I have found the quality of Alkaline Batteries, Like everything else

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>     on the market these days has deteriorated.  Used to be the leading

>

>     batteries Like Duracell and Energizer would never leak inside your

>

>     devices.  Only the "cheap" batteries would do that. But not anymore

>

>     - they leak just like the "cheap" ones.  <sad>

>

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>     I now store all my batteries, like Ralph these days in ziplock bags

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>     outside of my devices.

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>     Jim

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>     W7ABD

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>     On 9/5/20 17:40, Ralph Lease wrote:

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>>     Went to use a flashlight today and it needed new

>>

>>     batteries.  With winter coming decided to check all flashlights

>>

>>     including in my go bag. Had to dispose of my mini Maglite

>>

>>     flashlight due to a battery exploding in the light. Not worth

>>

>>     trying to get the cell out.

>>

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>>     Note to self: as go bag lights/devices seldom

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>>     get used, store batteries in the go bag in a zip lock bag and

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>>     not in the flashlights. If a battery goes bad and leaks it

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>>     will not ruin the light/device.

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>>     Ralph

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>>     KC7QXD

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> Thanks,

> Rowland

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Thanks,
Rowland


Re: Go bags

Shawn / K7ATA
 

I'm slowly converting everything I own, that uses batteries, to 18650 cells; LED flashlights are relatively cheap, and charging an 18650 is logistically no different than charging a cell phone. (still needs a cable/adapter)


I literally have dozens of spare cells, and getting more is usually not a problem.

--Shawn
--K7ATA

On 9/5/2020 8:27 PM, Rowland wrote:
Good plan

On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 6:18 PM W7ABD <w7abd1@... <mailto:w7abd1@...>> wrote:









I have found the quality of Alkaline Batteries, Like everything else

on the market these days has deteriorated.  Used to be the leading

batteries Like Duracell and Energizer would never leak inside your

devices.  Only the "cheap" batteries would do that. But not anymore

- they leak just like the "cheap" ones.  <sad>





I now store all my batteries, like Ralph these days in ziplock bags

outside of my devices.





Jim


W7ABD








On 9/5/20 17:40, Ralph Lease wrote:








Went to use a flashlight today and it needed new

batteries.  With winter coming decided to check all flashlights

including in my go bag. Had to dispose of my mini Maglite

flashlight due to a battery exploding in the light. Not worth

trying to get the cell out.






Note to self: as go bag lights/devices seldom

get used, store batteries in the go bag in a zip lock bag and

not in the flashlights. If a battery goes bad and leaks it

will not ruin the light/device.







Ralph


KC7QXD



















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Thanks,
Rowland