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The Field Lab - Thu, 2022/09/29 - 5:33pm

new mount / new view79,87,53,0,B

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It's been awhile...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2022/09/28 - 5:12pm
Thought I would take the rover out for a spin to check the rough road and job site. I haven't been out there since I had it dozed last December. 79,85,53,0,B
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One mile wifi range...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2022/09/27 - 2:35pm
Mounted the wifi booster much higher and got a lot better range. I used a 32' long aluminum awning roller tube from an RV as the mast for the antenna. Those things are a dime a dozen because folks often don't bother repairing them after they've left their awning unfurled until the wind has come along and torn the whole thing up. The combination of an external antenna on the wyze cam v3 and my wifi booster mounted really high made a huge difference in the wifi range of the camera. 81,86,59,0,B
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Still alive a week later...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2022/09/26 - 3:01pm
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Salvation of the righteous...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2022/09/25 - 3:25pm

Psalms 37:37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. 38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.  

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yet another Starlink launch...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2022/09/24 - 4:53pm

They just keep going...and going.  Today marks 143 successful recoveries of an orbital class rocket by SpaceX and the 43rd launch of 2022 with 1353 satellites put in orbit this year.  92,97,60,0,B

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Intruder Alert

The Field Lab - Fri, 2022/09/23 - 3:32pm
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external antenna test

The Field Lab - Thu, 2022/09/22 - 3:23pm
Wired in a new external antenna for the Wyze Cam V3 and tripled the Wi-Fi range - from 250 meters to 685 meters. Finally lost signal when my greenhouse was blocking my wi-fi extender at the hut. I will do another test line of sight to see how much further I can get out of it. 87,90,65,0,B
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The Field Lab - Wed, 2022/09/21 - 3:46pm

New shifter mechanism went in like a charm and solved the problem.  This YouTube video was a big help.  Total repair time was 1 1/2 hours.  (One hour to get the broken part out and a half hour to put the new one in.)  90,95,66,0,B

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The Field Lab - Tue, 2022/09/20 - 2:53pm

Added an external antenna to the Wyze Cam V3 that I use on the rover.  This should give it a little better Wi-Fi range.  Thanks to yet another YouTube turtorial... 90,96,66,0,B

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The last adult...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2022/09/19 - 2:37pm

This female (with 2 day old babies) is the last of the 7 javelinas that had been coming in over the years.  She just came in with them last night.  The last adult male has been gone now for about 3 weeks.  Javier disappeared about 6 months ago.  I don't hold out much hope for these new arrivals since this female had 2 previous litters and each time they only lived about a week.   91,95,68,0,B

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Know the Lord...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2022/09/18 - 10:34am
Jeremiah 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.  
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new camera antenna coming...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2022/09/17 - 3:36pm
Just figured out a convoluted way to add the Wi-Fi camera view to the HUD (heads up display) in mission planner. Getting ready to upgrade the Wyze Cam V3 with an external antenna and a new long range radio system for telemetry and RC control - so I figured I would do a quick test to see what the current range is with the stock systems I have been using. I don't expect to get a whole lot more range out of the Wi-Fi camera, but an external antenna should certainly help. I will fully attend to that issue later when I can afford the parts for a good long range FPV system. (Note: Not sure why there was such a compass variance once the rover started heading east - just another mystery to solve.) 90,98,65,0,B
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...and another...

The Field Lab - Fri, 2022/09/16 - 4:45pm

Along with my bad shifter...also been noticing my truck sounding a bit more clunky on the bumpy road.  Figured as long as I was ordering parts, I should take a good look at my suspension.  Had my front end worked on just a couple of years ago and already the sway bar link bushings are gone.  89,97,62,0,B

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Another truck issue...

The Field Lab - Thu, 2022/09/15 - 2:14pm
Having a shifter issue with my Toyota Tundra. It began a couple of months ago, when I started noticing that when I would shift out of park - the lever would hit the windshield wiper lever and turn in on. Then two days ago, it wasn't going into park very easily. Found some YouTube videos that said that these issues are definitely a sign that the shifting mechanism is broken. Removed the shrouds around the steering column and sure enough the part was broken in the two spots where it usually happens - especially with Toyota trucks. Found another video that went over how simple it is to replace the mechanism (about 1 hour) so I am going to give it a shot. Found the replacement part on Amazon and also ordered some T20 and T30 torx bits for the bolts that have to be removed. I can still drive the truck, but I am going to keep that to a minimum until I attempt the repair when the parts arrive next week. 91,95,62,0,B

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there and back...

The Field Lab - Wed, 2022/09/14 - 4:31pm
Attempted this mission over a month ago and failed. Tried it again with dual GPS units in blended mode and some offsets on the X and Y axis to give the rover more accurate "situational awareness". Made it there and back even though I had to wing it setting up the waypoints at the turnaround. Mission planner is using a Google Map image from 2017 so I wasn't sure if the rover would be able to get around that spot. Distance traveled was 2,700 meters. Mission in real time was 46 minutes. 84,93,68,0,B
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10.3 kilometers...

The Field Lab - Tue, 2022/09/13 - 3:42pm
Ran another battery duration mission but it looked pretty much like the 8K mission so I'm just showing a couple of passes. Since I had some power left when I ended the 8K mission, this time I ran the rover continuously until the low battery warning shut it down. Made it 10,321.27 meters (just over 10 kilometers!) on a new 2s lipo. Mission time was 3 hours and 24 minutes. Uploaded this video in HD 4K. 84,96,65,0,B
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8 kilometers...

The Field Lab - Mon, 2022/09/12 - 3:59pm
Running a test with a new 5200 mAh 2S Lipo. The battery I have been using for all the previous tests was a 2000 mAh NiMH. Set up an easy mission for the rover so I could let it run without worrying about traffic or a crash. 24 loops around the airfield with pauses at each corner - the distance of each loop was approximately 300 meters. Total distance was 8087.05 meters. Run time was 3 hours and 21 minutes. Still had a good bit of battery capacity left at the end of this test. 89,95,64,0,B
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I reckon...

The Field Lab - Sun, 2022/09/11 - 9:34am

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new lipo battery test...

The Field Lab - Sat, 2022/09/10 - 5:24pm

...and wired in a kill switch.86,95,65,0,C

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