Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekend in Page - Bullriding and Camping

Had a great weekend with some of the crew I work with at The Framing Department. We got the opportunity to camp on private land overlooking Lake Powell! I went to my first bullriding event, too.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My Ham Radio Setup

Radio nerd time.

Figured I would post this up in case anyone is interested in a highly-versatile solution for 2m and 70cm communications. Plus, all told, this equipment costs less than an entry-level "mobile" setup that is hard-wired to the vehicle. The tradeoff for versatility is lower power and thus decreased range. I regularly make 30+ mile calls from my vehicle to a repeater, no problem. The repeater does the heavy lifting from there.

It is also possible to use this radio to *monitor* the FRS band. You can physically transmit on those frequencies, but even with the "low" power (1 watt) setting on this radio, you're transmitting at double the legal power limit for the FRS band... which is illegal. I won't tell the FCC if you won't ;-)

You can also monitor many EMS frequencies from this radio. Of course, transmitting on those frequencies is *very* illegal.

Radio: Baofeng UV-5R

Run the radio off vehicle power (cigarette lighter)

Programming cable with free CHiRP software (highly recommended!)


Longer antenna for portable use (out hiking, I once got a 46 mile contact on this antenna)

Mag-mount vehicle antenna:

Antenna adapter to use above antenna:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Playing in the Snow with Adventure Driven

Snow in Flagstaff means a chance to get off the couch and go explore!

Yesterday, we took that opportunity to hang out with Seth and Kande of "Adventure Driven." They showed us around some beautiful trails and we had an absolute blast. Check out their site for more adventure-y overland fun!

Seth airing down the tires

We managed to get "Lexy" stuck while making a turnaround in some snow. It made for a perfect excuse to try out Adventure Driven's new set of MaxTrax!


We had a blast with these guys and we are looking forward to spending more time with them on future outings! If chili in the crock pot hadn't been calling us home, we probably would have stayed out later.

Check out their website at and (of course) their Facebook page