N1GY- The simple Approach to Ham Radio

May 21, 2020

               Over the last two days I have taken delivery of 15 new to me freight cars. While two are still awaiting KaDee couplers, the rest are already on the layout as you can see on Page 14 of My Model Railroad. I discovered that progress and the documentation of that progress has been so rapid that I overshot my self imposed limit for page length. So we are now on Page 14. I told my son that this was as far as the railroad would grow, but even with no more linear space available I was up late last night thinking of ways to put a peninsula onto Phase one. At least for now that is pie in the sky but who knows what will happen in a year or so. 


May 18, 2020

             Phase 4 is now complete. THis is as far as the layout will grow. Phase 4 is an unscenicked shelf above my day bed and serves two main functions. It is both a staging yard where a train can be stored until the next operating session and a display shelf on which to place my more unusual pieces of rolling stock and locomotives. The pictures are on Page 13 of My Model Railroad which is elsewhere on this site.


May 8, 2020

                There have been some strides made on the model railroad. Page 13 has now begun and the fascia has been painted and reinstalled. It looks much better than the white color it used to be. I have also added some more storage for things like tools and the cardboard boxes that most of my rolling stock came in. One saves things like that because you never know when you are going to have to pack some of the cars up to take them somewhere or sell them off to someone who just started in the hobby.


April 29, 2020

               I have an old diesel locomotive that I have owned for more than 40 years. An EMD SW-1, It is going to get an upgrade and be converted to DCC with sound. My pal David is going to pick up the loco tomorrow and he will order the appropriate sound decoder and install it and a small speaker in the model. THis will bring my roster to six locomotives, three diesel and three steamers. I only have storage space on the layout for eight in all so my roster is pretty well fixed. 


April 24, 2020

            Today, I took delivery of two new locomotives for the railroad, a 2-6-0 steam engine and a NW-2 diesel. These are most likely the last locos I will buy in the foreseeable future. They are both DCC and sound equipped and have already been programmed into the layout. The pictures are on My Model Railroad Page 11. They both sound and operate in fine fashion. I plan on doing a bit of operating the layout before I get busy with the fine details which will come in time.


April 23, 2020

            I must appologise for the messed up web pages you may have seen today. Apparently I hit the wrong key and posted This page to all pages instead of just this one. That error has now been corrected and all is back to normal. Other than a bit of painting the new section is now as complete as any model railroad ever is, which is to say there is no such thing as "done" when referring  to a model railroad.


April 22, 2020

              I did quite a bit of work on the layout today. THe photo backdrop buildings were mounted on foam core panels and then cut around them like paper dolls. I have temporarily put them in place behind the new portion of the layout and they look great. I also kitbashed a Plasticville Post Office into my podiatrist's office, mainly because she asked me if she could be represented on the layout. The installation of the doctor's office allowed me to complete scenery installation on that unfinished end of the new portion of the railroad. The lates pictures are on Page 11 of My Model Railroad.


April 21, 2020

             The photo backdrop has arrived and I have done some more detail work on the lift out and the area adjoining it on the new portion of the layout. My plan will be to glue the backdrop to a length of 1/8" Masonite which has a vinyl layer on it like the backdrop on the original portion of the layout. Then I will carefully cut around the photobackdrop pictures and install the backdrop behind the new portion of the layout. There are a few more buildings to be added to the layout and a little more scenery to add. Then I can get busy with the details which always take more time that the initial construction. 


April 20, 2020

           Yesterday I did a few minor "repairs" on the layout. Minor painting over spots where alcohol or glue mix had spilled on structures or machinery. the repaints turned out well. I should be receiving a structure kit today which will pretty much complete the structures on the layout. I have also ordered a photo backdrop of sorts to complete the newest section of the layout. The work continues.


April 16, 2020

           Work on the model railroad continues albeit at a slow pace. I have added trees and shrubbery to the newest portion and decided what to do with the rest in terms of scenery. Once I have the latest structures in place I will add some photos of the work. Stay safe and keep well.


April 15, 2020

           Microsoft in all their infinite "wisdom"decided my computer needed one of their "updates". Of course it practically bricked the computer. I had to get my son, an IT specialist, to save old dad from this miserable situation. In fact the problem turned out to be a fairly simple one. When Microbrain, i mean soft was finished "updating my PC, they had left it in a management mode instead of a user mode. Once my son discovered this it was apparently sort of easy to put all my stuff back on the desktop. It had never really left but in effect the computer was set for admin (Me) instead of user (Me). I do wish that Microsoft would stop screwing around with everyone's PC and let us get on with what we want it for. Well, that is my venting rant for this week, stay safe and keep well.



April 13, 2020

           Just a quick update. I am fine, no trace of covid - 19. Sheltering in place as usual. I have apparently run out of materials so I cannot even finish the level crossings I was working on. I have ordered more scale wood but it will take almost a month to arrive. A big difference from Amazon's usual 1 day service, butI guess that is to be expected in these trying times. I check on the family several times a week, so far all are well. I just try to keep busy around the house, doing the dishes after every meal etc. If there is one thing I can say about this situation, it is that we will get through this and survive. Stay well 

73



April 3, 2020

            just a brief update, I am sheltering at home, and I am fine. Work on the railroad continues albeit slowly. I have started adding bushes and other scenic elements to the newest portion of the layout. Because my back is in it's current state, I cannot stand for too long so the work proceeds slowly as I said before. I did get a very nice email from a reader a few days ago wherein he thanked me for the info he was able to glean from the site, which brightened my day. I appear to have binge watched just about all the British Crime Drama that I can handle for the moment so I am back on the computer for a while. Mostly playiing online games like Hearts and Cribbage, among others. We will overcome this latest pandemic I am sure. 

73


March 24, 2020

            The question about the Xiegu X5105 transceiver has been answered by the representative for Europe who also stated that they have just such an nadapter in place and for sale. I recommended to the ham that she purchase the adapter which I understand she did. I did send her two PTT switches adapted for that device, a foot switch and a push button switch. The page 10 about my model railroad has been added to as well and work on that project continues slowly but it continues.

73


March 8, 2020

           I have added a Page 10 to the pages about my model railroad layout. As yet there is nothing on the page but I will be adding both pictures and text as the layout progresses. When I added the last picture to Page 9 I realised that that page had reached it's terminal point so it was time to add another page. My supply of ground cover has been restored at least in one shade of green but i will need other shades and types of ground cover as the project moves forward. On another note, I had an interesting email from a ham who has purchased a Xiegu X5105 transceiver and wants a headset adapter to go with it. I have contacted Xiegu about the mic pinouts (which I have) to explain some anomalies in the circuitry and if I get an answer from them I should be able to proceed with constructing the adaptor. 

73


March 1, 2020

             I am working slowly on the new portion of the layout right now. I had Carpal Tunnel Surgery last Wednesday and  my left hand and wrist are still wrapped up in the dressings my surgeon installed at the time. My fingers feel much better and I have had little to no pain since. That is unless I forget and place some stress on the wrist, in which case I am quickly reminded "NOT TO DO THAT"!. Otherwise, all is fine.

73


February 25, 2020

           I was asked by my Model Railroad club, RealRail, here in Bradenton, to give a short talk on my DIY Resistance Soldering Unit. By all accounts it was well received and I am very grateful to the club for even asking me, a complete newby to the club. The talk went very easily, the club has a big screen TV which I connected my laptop to via HDMI so I could use my web site as the visual graphics for the talk.

73


February 20, 2020

          I have added a Page 9 to the series on my model railroad. This has been a absolutely marvelous time for me as I was looking for a hobby (in addition to amateur radio) that would let me continue to build stuff. This is different than building the electronic gadgets that I was building before, but just as satisfying. There is carpentry although I do need help with that because of my age and dare I say it some infirmities. There is the construction of buildings, rolling stock and railroad facilities as well as scenery and there is the ever ongoing addition of the little details that make any model railroad come to life. People, automobiles, vignettes or little scenes within scenes which by themselves may not always be noticed by the casual observer, but when they are, bring a sense of action and life to the layout and all the things on it.

73


February 18, 2020

          It was time to add a new page to the Updates pages as the previous page had slightly exceeded it's allotted space. Nothing to report yet but There will be in about a week.

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