Still getting used to this whole 0 weight thing

0w-20 oil pours really interestingly in a high wind…. That is to say the wind whipped it around and kicked it right back out of the funnel at first and I now have a well oiled battery. At least most of it landed down the filler!

Winds are pretty dang high right now. We’d better get rain soon…

* KG4CYX slaps you around a bit with a large trout!

Q. How do you mount a very expensive FM broadcast low pass filter?

A. Not like this.

Baling wire. Yeeeeeup.

This site is an interesting one. The filter is buried behind this giant failtube that I’ve been authorized to delete. It goes nowhere.

Looking up inside the noggin bonker.

It’s blocked off, if it wasn’t it’d vent via this weird open soffit. Considering the number of wasp nests I’ve seen out here in warmer months, I’m glad it doesn’t.

Coming soon to this site: a brand new PTek…..

No, this was not my choice.

………. I’m gonna need a bigger trout

When headhunters get… fascinating

See also: When Headhunters Strike and When Headhunters Strike, Part 2 for prior hilarity.

picture unrelated. z-bola detection routine in progress. please cross fingers.

I guess I’m still on some curious lists from my job searches back in South Florida, because I was just delivered this beautiful gem along with a voicemail message from someone with SEVERE background noise (sounded like a cross between a call center and a school cafeteria!) and a very heavy Indian accent. I could make out about three words of it. Sadly this will probably be the start of a gradually increasing stream of electronic harassment from them until they exhaust lines of communication I haven’t blocked yet. 😀

For now… enjoy this PERFECTLY written English copy. Worked on anything on the ground that is emitting radio frequency? Bahahahaha.

I’m not including the sender’s contact info because my experience has been that these are nothing but fake offers intended to get people to submit resumes that can be mined, sold, and traded between recruiters like some kind of horrible benefit-free commodity. There are VERY FEW actual tech jobs in South Florida and recruitment is pretty much exclusively handled through H-1B visa program openings, personal friendships and professional connections*. Usually, though, the recruiters throwing fake jobs around at least have someone fluent in English write them up. This is just lazy:

Hi,

 

My name is Ankit and I am from Mindlance (Largest Staffing Firm in USA). I got your resume from a Job Board and it looks a perfect fit for one our client’s requirement based in Ft. Myers, FL. Please find the job description below and let me know your interest.

 

Role: Radio Communications Technician II

Location: Ft. Myers, FL

 

Business Overview:

 

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIAN II
Spot light call notes
Need to know how to propagate the antenna;
T1;T3 Microwave BG; Telephony
Networking exp is only needed to connected radios
Competitive company to look for candidate: Harris/ Nextel exp in the field
Good qualified Questions: Do you have a FCC/ GROL License
Biggest challenges: is knowledge/Exp of LMR – Land mobile radio; Know what is Radio Frequency
Exp with LMR Land mobile radio; worked on anything on the ground that is emitting radio frequency
Need to be here every day 8-5 will travel 60 miles in FT Myers
Ex Military; Key words
Communications, Signal, Two way

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs complex radio communications technical work. Work involves installing, maintaining, programming, and repairing base station and control antenna systems and communications, microwave, control, audio, and associated equipment. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
Installs two-way radio mobile transceivers, electronic sirens, emergency lighting systems, mobile video systems, computer equipment, and associated electronic equipment.
Installs, maintains, and repairs two-way base communications, microwave, audio, control, antenna, transmission line, and associated electronic equipment.
Installs microwave and control consoles at base station and repeater sites.
Tests operational capabilities of mobile installations.
Provides ground assistance for base station, radio tower, microwave antenna, and transmission line installations.
Programs mobile, portable, and fixed radio equipment.
Maintains and repairs radio communications towers, guy-wires, lighting, and associated electronic control equipment.
Maintains, troubleshoots, repairs, and aligns communications, microwave, control, audio, speed measuring, test, and associated electronic equipment.
Maintains, repairs, and adjusts equipment in vehicles and stations to precision tolerances specified by the Federal Communications Commission.
Assists in procuring repair parts and equipment.
May construct special electronic and test equipment.
May train others.
Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES
Experience and Education
Experience in radio installation, maintenance, and repair work. Graduation from a standard senior high school or equivalent, supplemented by courses in communications and electronics, is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of electricity, electronics, and automotive electrical systems; of the installation and repair of mobile and fixed radio equipment; of base station antenna, microwave antenna, transmission lines, and associated equipment; of antenna orientation and radiating patterns; and of Federal Communications Commission rules and regulations.
Skill in the use of maintenance, testing, and repair tools and equipment.
Ability to install and maintain radio and associated electronic equipment; to detect and eliminate trouble in radio transmitters, receivers, and other electronic devices; to interpret schematic diagrams and technical reference materials; to communicate effectively; and to train others.
Registration, Certification, or License
May require a Federal Communications Commission General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)

 

Thanks,

 

Ankit Singla |Team Recruitment|

* and you wonder why the brain drain sucks so hard

deep thoughts

I’ll always take “Sorry, we just don’t want to spend the money” over “Sorry, we won’t spend the money…. But here, enjoy this rococo piece of rushed to market garbage we bought sight unseen at the NAB show after the vendor bought us a fancy lunch and we’re expecting you to deploy in the facility.”

Random stolen transmitter meme related? I forget who I lifted it from but it’s so true

Frequently Asked Ridiculous Questions (FARQ)

How did you wind up in California?

I went to the left. Then to the left a bit more. Then up and down a few times.

So you traded hurricanes for earthquakes?

I’m nowhere near the San Andreas Fault, but thanks for your concern.

Are they REALLY still using old Moseley PCL-505s?

Yes. And they sound just fine, thanks!

Shenzhen’s Finest

I have a love-hate relationship with the businesses in Shenzhen, China.

On the upside (actually downside?) they are THE one and only place where most electronics come from in the world now.

On the downside it’s a city of thieves and bullshit artists.

Nice try

I laughed upon this arriving. It was supposed to be a black bodysuit I was going to use as the (lazy) beginnings of a Chat Noir costume. What they sent was a tiny envelope with two silicone rubber bands in it.

Since it was an eBay purchase, I’m about 99.9% sure eBay will side with me if the seller balks at a refund. Still, WAFWOT: what a flipping waste of time

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