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Radio Links

  Here are just a bunch of radio links I found and liked.  I hardly use bookmarks so I am collecting links here.   Antenna Myths http://www.k0bg.com/myths.html How To Be A LID http://www.repeater-builder.com/humor/how-to-sound-like-a-lid.html

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2 Meter Yagi Antenna

Down on the farm there are not too many VHF repeaters that I can get into. So I thought I would make a beam antenna and see if I could get into some 2m repeaters around Melbourne (about 160 km … Continue reading

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Battery Backup System

These days we rely on so many small gadgets such as phones, radios, LED torches. I heard a podcast presentation with Steve Harris at www.batter1234.com. I thought I knew all about electricity and energy. But I learned quite a few … Continue reading

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Nuc Boxes

I made up some Nuc boxes this season for swarms, removals and splits. Now I have a total of 7 Nuc boxes. Three of them are painted dark green with hangers attached (for swarm traps). So far they seem to … Continue reading

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Tractor Stuck, Again

  While slashing blackberries around the West dam, the bank gave way and the Fergy almost went in. Lucky for me.   The neighbour helped me pull her out with his Fergy 35.

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Food Storage

As we start to store more food I have noticed I am losing track of what we have. A good skill to have is some basic inventory/accounting of food stores to : * prevent wastage and spoilage * ensure adequate … Continue reading

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Welding

A very useful skill on any farm is being able to weld in order to make simple repairs and fabricate tools. I am keen to learn to be a somewhat competent stick welder. January 2013 So far I have tooled … Continue reading

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Soap Making

We are interested in soap making as a useful skill to manufacture something we currently take for granted and can buy very cheaply. Since we have wood heating we have been building up a bit of a stockpile of wood … Continue reading

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Indoor Observation Hive Active

Today I finally installed bees in the Observation Hive I have been building for some months now. One frame of brood with mostly larvae and eggs, a frame of honey and pollen and a frame of foundation. There is no … Continue reading

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Bee Removal From Barrel

My first bee removal from a wine barrel. A work colleague asked me if I might be able to remove a colony from his brothers wine barrel. As long as I could work out how to get the lid off … Continue reading

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