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Old 05-24-2013, 07:06 PM   #15
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KevinPete, have you checked out the Samsung SE-218BB? It's advertised to function with on the android platform. I'd be curious to see if it works with the CuBox... if so that might be a great answer for you. I haven't found someone that's tried it yet, though (at least in my exhaustive, 10 seconds of googling) but it looks really sexy and @ 30 bucks is not too bad.

Carol, it seems you're well set up for reading with the mini, but if you ever want to add another reader to your collection, the nooks and kindles and generics that use the e-ink rather than LCD use so little power it borders ridiculous. I loved using my Nook with the e-ink (the old, outdated model, before they turned into tablets) very little eyestrain, and the battery lasted weeks.

I have to say though, apple buys seriously high quality LCD's and the ipads do look so gorgeous. Apple doesn't suit my particular needs, but I can certainly appreciate how beautiful they are.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:07 PM   #16
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got it free using an air miles loyalty points
Don't you love those miles? I've gotten an ipod dock, my son got his Wii, and my wife has gotten 2 GPS receivers for the car. Those were miles from Delta or United that we had to use up, we usually only fly ANA, and use our miles there for upgrades and hotels in Tokyo.

Thanks, Ed. My handheld radios need 18v AC to charge, so I'm still stuck with a small inverter for now.

If you're a bit savvy, and too skint to buy an ipad, we got a Nook tablet a while back and rooted it to run on the base Android install. There are some limitations, but for a sub-$200 tablet, you can't be picky!

I do all my reading on a Nook Touch now, also rooted so I have other reader apps installed. Only thing it doesn't do well is display PDF's, like manuals and such that have a lot of images, text is fine. I like the black and white screen for text, I don't like reading on a backlit screen for long periods . With a memory card, I have all 4,000 or so e-books loaded up and ready. Best thing is the battery life, without wireless turned on, it will go 3 weeks or more between charges.
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Mike, I hadn't seen that one before, nice that it's bus-powered, not sure if the CuBox would have the current on the USB to handle it, but for $30 on Amazon I'd try it. I have several external DVD burners, they're a little large, but only need 12v and 5v, plus the one has pass-through USB and Firewire, so it also acts as a powered hub. Some devices get picky going through it, though.

I don't think the Nook is crappy! I'd like a Kindle Paperwhite, but don't think I could root it. I didn't think I'd like the ones with the light, but now I think I'd use it alot. I read a LOT on vacations, sometimes close to 2,000 pages a day, so bringing paper books is out of the question. More and more libraries are loaning e-books, and the best part is you don't need to go to the library to get them! Also check out ereaderlove.com, she lists all the current free books on Amazon, large variety, some do stink but I can usually find 1 or 2 a day that I'd like to read.
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Carol, it seems you're well set up for reading with the mini, but if you ever want to add another reader to your collection, the nooks and kindles and generics that use the e-ink rather than LCD use so little power it borders ridiculous. I loved using my Nook with the e-ink (the old, outdated model, before they turned into tablets) very little eyestrain, and the battery lasted weeks.
I actually was about to buy a new ereader but that was before the ipad mini landed on my door step. Have to say I am very pleased with how well the mini does work as an e-reader using the Kindle app. We tested it around the campfire last week-end up against a newer Kindle and it was pretty darn close in readability. Its much clearer than the 2 gen Ipad that we have thats for sure - that I would not use as an ereader.
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Thanks, Ed. My handheld radios need 18v AC to charge, so I'm still stuck with a small inverter for now.

If you're a bit savvy, and too skint to buy an ipad, we got a Nook tablet a while back and rooted it to run on the base Android install. There are some limitations, but for a sub-$200 tablet, you can't be picky!
Which Radios? Most are 12vdc that I have?

I Design/Build A/V and Automation systems and my most high end system is a Mac Mini based design.
I use Ipads and iPhones for controls both In-Wall and free standing.
So the Apple ecosystem is one I am invested in pretty heavily.

Also unlike the others a Mac will run almost any OS you need to and somehow will run Windows better than a PC?

Go figure?
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Which Radios? Most are 12vdc that I have?
Ed, they're Quansheng TG-UV2's (I think). I bought one two years ago on a whim for $90. 200-channel, VHF/UHF, water-resistant, lithium batteries, and most importantly for me, Part 90 TA. After I abused one for a year without problems, I went and bought 3 more last summer. They have their quirks, for sure; one of those being that there is no DC charger available for them, only a 12v "battery replacer" with the cord and plug permanently attached. Also, the desk chargers make a TV-like whine when first charging, which can be annoying if you still have hearing in those frequencies. The batteries last almost a full week of monitoring and transmitting a few times a day. I bought spare batteries for all of them, never needed them yet, but they were only $10 each.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:48 PM   #21
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Those look pretty much like the Beofeng? that I got at Dayton last year or the Wouxon.
They look good from afar but far from good to me,I can not stand mine really but it was also clearly worth the money I guess?
We had a guy in Joplin with SATERN that had the Wouxon and we took it away from him! The transmit audio was so bad we couldn't let him use it for relief work.I carry 2 beater VX-5s for just that occasion and use VX-7s mostly myself. The Beofang has no 12vdc input either and the charger looks just like yours.

All Yaesu,Kenwood or Motorola for me.
I do have one of those battery eliminators for both Yaesu and Kenwood and even Icom and I carry a 7ah gel cell in a fanny pack bottle holder which can give me more talk time than I have ever needed in a day but when I need them for emcomm I charge every night too.

I also EDC a VX-2 or 3 which can be a lot of fun too.

Too many toys!
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Another reason to have a PC running- APRS receiver/map display- keep track of the family! I've been really happy with my radios, Ed, and one of the first things we did with the "test" radio was to hook it up to the service monitor and it was well within specs and sounds good too, even receiving FM broadcast. The case is kind of cruddy, and the belt clip is bent, but it works perfectly. I've dropped mine on rocks, in mud, water, off the motorcycle once (low-speed). I did replace the antenna with a thin Diamond whip.

Anyone take a pico projector with them and show movies on the side of the egg? Hmm?


*Just having a recollection of watching hokey nature films in the amphitheater in the state park as a kid.
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Ha!
I project the Super Bowl and Movies at the Scamp Camp in Florida in February but I use a DLP projector, portable screen and sound system that I carry with me.

It works great and is a big hit in the park.

I have a Yaesu FT-350 in the tow vehicle and carry a TM-D7 too so I can interface to APRS if the need arises from either to a computer.
I also broadcast APRS so I can be tracked on FIND-U as KC0UKR-5 too.

It is a crazy Nerdlinger world isn't it!
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I have six rod and reels...............do they count?
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What's a computer?
A gentleman who sits in a room calculating artillery trajectories using, if he is lucky, an ivory-covered slide rule.
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A gentleman who sits in a room calculating artillery trajectories using, if he is lucky, an ivory-covered slide rule.
Not in the last 25 years or so.
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25 years? My HS physics teacher was doing it on an early computer around the end of WWII.
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