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Open Discussion / Re: Idea for a new phaser design.
« on: January 22, 2021, 01:52:52 PM »
Devi Ever did something like this several years ago, but not with a phaser. It was called Eye of God, I think.

Open Discussion / Re: NABD
« on: January 22, 2021, 01:51:20 PM »

Open Discussion / Re: Laser Etch + Acrylic Backfill finish
« on: January 14, 2021, 05:46:03 PM »
If you get some 3cc syringes and some glue dispensing tips, it's easier.

I got some syringes with flat tips (not sharp), but the are hard to use, especially with an etch this shallow.

Open Discussion / Re: Laser Etch + Acrylic Backfill finish
« on: January 14, 2021, 03:52:19 PM »
Care to share some info on the laser?

It's a variation of this one:

If you look on AliExpress, you can find that same hardware with different laser heads on it (various wattages). There are some good things about it and some bad things, but it's pretty cheap and it's strong enough to etch away enough of the powdercoat to be useful. It's also quite precise when doing multiple passes.

Open Discussion / Laser Etch + Acrylic Backfill finish
« on: January 14, 2021, 01:38:45 PM »
Dave (pickdropper) sometimes does this kind of finish, but he has the big-boy laser and lots of attention to detail. I have neither, haha. But this is a lazy-man's pickdropper fancy finish technique.  ;D

Used a really cheap hobby laser engraver to cut through enough powdercoat to squeegee some acrylic paint in there. The software sucks and alignment is dodgy, but for DIY it's not a bad option.

For this first test, I just did a single pass at max power (3.5W) to see how it would work. Used a toothbrush to clear the ash, wiped it down, and then dabbed some white acrylic paint at the top. Used an old credit card as a squeegee to pull the paint downward and into the crevices to fill. Sort of like silkscreen work.

I let it dry and then wiped gently with 90% isopropyl to clean up the residual paint. It's not amazing, but I'll take it for a first try. The alignment is obviously off-center, but it's close enough that I can still build it. I think I figured out a way to print a template to verify alignment better, but I'll test that later.

Circuit details: It's the DIY classic Bazz Fuss circuit with some fun tweaks. Instead of an integrated darlington transistor (usually MPSA13), I did a discreet darlington with two germanium transistors (for mojo). I used the 2n211, which is a low-gain NPN germanium transistor available from SmallBear Electronics. It's a weird package shape, so I made my own part in Eagle CAD because nobody has a footprint available. I also added a gain control pot and a toggle switch to select between standard silicon and schottky diodes.

Sounds pretty good to me, but I love the base circuit. Adding in germanium mojo and some mods for flexibility is just icing on the tonal cake. I have a few boards left if anybody wants one to mess around with.

Open Discussion / Re: Anyone else get the Covid Vaccine?
« on: January 09, 2021, 02:08:35 PM »
Yeah, I figured it was just a joke, sorry CJ. I have definitely talked to people that do feel that way though and itís in no way constructive.

I totally feel you about how to start those conversations. I donít have the answer, but I strongly feel like thatís what we have to do.

I should have noted in my original post that I was joking. Otherwise, it just looks callous and ignorant. Appreciate you not letting me skate on that.  ;D

I think we can probably start to find some common ground in the next several months. Now that we will (most likely) be getting back to the old, comfortable shit-show that the presidency and federal politics has historically been, I think some of the daily reality-show circus antics will fall away. Not have a major scandal break every couple of days is going to be nice.

Remember when a blow job was the craziest thing that had ever happened in the White House? I miss that.

Open Discussion / Re: Anyone else get the Covid Vaccine?
« on: January 09, 2021, 01:18:34 PM »
I'm not even sure how to begin having a real conversation with these fine folks. I'm walking around on eggshells all the time trying to avoid making perfectly logical statements that might end up arousing violence. I'm fucking sick of it. But I have no clue how to have an actual substantive dialog with people who are wrapped up in these conspiracies.

Open Discussion / Re: Anyone else get the Covid Vaccine?
« on: January 09, 2021, 12:45:03 PM »
I was kidding with my above comment. Probably should have heavily notated that at this point in where we are with society. I don't want anyone to die or suffer, especially over something so monumentally idiotic.

And yes, they'll almost all go out and get the shot when it's widely available. Tough-guy internet talk, for the most part.

Open Discussion / Re: Anyone else get the Covid Vaccine?
« on: January 09, 2021, 09:25:51 AM »
I plan to get my micro-chip shot as soon as they will let me.  ;) ;D

Still a lot of people I talk to at work or in general think the shot is full of nanobots and 5g and voodoo.

Let's hope that all these people stick to their beliefs and don't get the vaccine and then nature sorts things out.

I bought myself a pressure canner for my birthday (late November) and finally put it use this week. For a simple test run, I just did 5 half-pint jars of blueberries packed in apple juice. Turned out pretty good. Eventually I'll work my way up to canning meat and other things that take a lot of time, but for now, I'll stick to fruit and vegetables (and maybe soup / salsa).

Open Discussion / Re: Anyone hit with the virus out there?
« on: January 02, 2021, 10:13:56 AM »
My mother-in-law tested positive a month ago. She's ultra careful and only goes out when absolutely necessary, so it's something of a mystery how she got it. But, she had no symptoms at all and never even would have known other than that she has been getting tested once a month because she's in a "critical" demographic due to her age.

A good college friend's mom is likely going to die in the next few days from the virus. She's now intubated and on a ventilator.

Multiple of my wife's work colleagues have parents that have been hospitalized. A few have died.

My parents have several friends who have been hospitalized with the virus, and some have died.

It's real shit.

Open Discussion / NAD - Phaez Jube 8W
« on: November 23, 2020, 09:23:17 PM »
I had a Phaez a couple years back and sold because I got gear lust for...well, I forgot by now (I'm a whore). That one was a 14w Daisycutter and sounded awesome.

This one is an 8W Jube, which is a single-ended 6V6 with a clone of the Marshall Silver Jubilee for the preamp. It's basically Appetite for Destruction in a SE low-watt format. But as usual with all "low wattage" amps, it's loud as hell, haha. Sounds great and does the 80s JCM800 thing really well.

I emailed the builder (Randy Fay) to ask about pricing for this particular model, and he responded within an hour (on a random Thursday night). I want to take a shot at building my own head cab, and he was totally open to the idea of shipping it without a cab and adjusting the price accordingly. I also asked him to add a "Watts" knob (power scaling), and he only charged $30 to add it. Did a custom faceplate as well (included in price). He also included an etched logo nameplate for the cab (whenever I finish it). I'm very impressed with the quality and service.

First email to him was on Oct 16 and I got the amp today (from Canada). Not too shabby for a semi-custom build. Cost was $430 for the amp + actual shipping. I couldn't build this myself for that price.

Pics below. His older builds were 100% point-to-point (no PCB, no eyelets, no turrets), but his later stuff uses a combination of PCBs and on-socket / on-pot flying leads. For an amp with this much gain, it's surprisingly quiet.

Please ignore the ill-gotten Waffle House menu in the background.  ;D

Open Discussion / Re: Anyone hit with the virus out there?
« on: November 23, 2020, 08:45:17 PM »
I'm pulling for you, Gordo! I hope you have no symptoms and definitely no lasting issues.

Somehow haven't gotten it yet, but I suppose it's because we've been pretty low-key since mid-March. A good buddy of mine is a corrections officer, and he got it way back in April. My wife has had some coworkers get it. And multiple of her college friends have lost family members to it. Crazy shit.

Stay safe, everybody!

Open Discussion / Re: Question about the Deathklaw schematic
« on: November 18, 2020, 03:07:46 PM »
I'm still not sure.  ;D

Open Discussion / Re: Mouser Xicon Resistors ó New MOQ of 200
« on: November 13, 2020, 09:33:58 PM »
You can get Newark's house brand (Multicomp Pro) for pretty cheap with no minimum order quantity. I'd say it's on par with Xicon.

Here's a link:

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