This is a view that has not been seen in these pages before. The new shelf is above the bending brake with the 3 green patches on the edge. As you can see, it is already full of tools and supplies. THe area beneath the new shelf now holds the bending brake. Behind that is the storage spot for the drill packs and spare batteries for the drill and the circular saw. To the right of the brake is a ring of welding rod that holds the container for more rods and aluminum flat stock. Next is the hanger for the heat gun on another bookcase that holds heatshrink, Power Pole connectors etc. Below that are files, rasps etc.Under that is more storage, mainly for stuff I don't know what to do with right now. 

               A new tool has been added to the workshop. As I age I find it harder and harder to make use of a tool that I use very often, a nibbling tool. The hand operated nibbler that I already have just took more effort than one hand could provide. I have now upgraded to a power nibbling tool operated by a corded electric drill. I have mounted the entire assemblage on a board so everything will stay aligned and I have tested it. It works very well except that it lacks a table on which to feed the work throught the nibbler head kind of like a router table. My son has volunteered to assist in building such a table when he comes to visit next month so that will add to the usefulness of the new tool. It certainly makes short work of cutting aluminum sheet or angle. Pictures to follow when we get it completed.

N1GY- The simple Approach to Ham Radio

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      I am offering the Powerpole Powerblocks seen on their own page elsewhere on this site at reasonable prices. (10, 15 and 20 dollars for the 4, 6 or 8 Powerpole sets).  I can build custom configurations upon request (and discussion) I will also be happy to build the headset adapters found elsewhere on this web site upon request for $30. All prices are plus shipping ofcourse. 


My new License Plate FINALLY!!!!!!

A web site for the ham operator who likes to keep things simple


       My name is Geoff Haines, My call sign is N1GY and I have been an amateur radio operator since 1992. I was licensed initially as a Tech Plus (N1LGI) and over the years I have upgraded as the spirit moved me until I attained the Extra rating in 2005. I am a member of four amateur radio clubs plus the ARRL and the West Central Florida Section of the ARRL. I am a past president of the Manatee Amateur Radio Club Inc. and have previously served as an Assistant Section Manager and currently serve as the Technical Coordinator for the West Central Florida Section. I have served in the past as a Director and then President of the West Central Florida Group Inc., operators of the NI4CE linked repeater system. These days I try to concentrate on my duties as Technical Coordinator for the WCF Section and on trying to keep my various radios all running and working properly. Sometimes I even succeed, at least temporarily. UPDATE: with some of my medical problems behind me I have been asked to assume the position of Assistant Section Manager and I have accepted.

         Occasionally I write articles for QST Magazine. I enjoy homebrewing little gadgets for the radio room like mic selectors and headset adaptors. I also enjoy constructing antennas to solve the needs of my particular situation. I write about these devices and some of these writings wind up in QST. They also wind up on these pages.

          My purpose is to develop a resource for those hams who are intrigued by DIY amateur radio, but do not want to get into a major project right away. I want to help other electronically challenged hams like myself to get comfortable with this amazing hobby. 

          I want to point out that this new site is now hosted by a different company than my old site. Due to a decision by Verizon to stop hosting personal web sites, I had to rebuild my site from scratch at my new host, Go-Daddy. They (Go-Daddy) have been very helpful in making the transition as easy as possible, but because the two systems are not compatible, I have had to retype and rebuild everything from scratch. I hope you, the viewer, will find everything you need in the content. If not, please feel free to contact me and request further information on a particular project.

         One of the changes appears to be that I will  no longer be able to add my blog style updates to this front page. To solve this, I have created a specific "Blog" Page so I can still add comments as they occur to me, here in the Radio Room.

           Apparently, This web site will also not be able to have a "Guest Book" in the usual sense. I have discussed this with my hosting provider and at present such a page is not available on their site building program. I guess I will have to live with that. However,  should you desire to leave a comment after visiting my site, I encourage you to use the contact page near the top of the navigation panel on the left side to send me an email telling me whatever you liked or didn't like about the web site. I have had to drop a few pages from the old web site that were no longer pertinent. If you have visited my site before and cannot find the page you were looking for, pleaser email me via the contact page and I will do my best to get you the information you request.