Archive for March, 2018


   Posted by: RobPatton   in RC Planes/Helicopters

A while back, gosh, its been 10 months already, my how time flies.    I picked up the Horizon Hobby 2.1 m Carbon-Z Cessna 150 Horizon 2.1 meter Cessna 150 Carbon-Z.  I grew up in a 1966 Cessna 150 N3983J, and despite it being red vs blue, it holds a place in my heart.   It flies AMAZING. So slow you would think it should fall out of the air.

Turns out they had a special if you bought the Cessna, you could get a free set of floats.   After much fighting with Horizon, I got my floats today!




   Posted by: RobPatton   in Restorations


After all these years, its almost back to its 1982 glory. Beach board, ACS-651 trucks, Road Rider 6 wheels, Road Rider riser pads. All I need is some NOS German Speed bearings, and some Lightning bolt grip tape..


   Posted by: RobPatton   in Food!



   Posted by: RobPatton   in Ham Radio

After 6 months of sitting on the shelf, @KC4HAD convinced me to sit down and make this thing work.

openSPOT is a standalone digital radio IP gateway / hotspot

Key features:

  • Supports DMR (Brandmeister, DMRplus), D-Star (DCS, REF/DPlus, XRF/DExtra, XLX), System Fusion (FCS, YSFReflector) networks. More supported networks and features will be available with new firmware releases.
  • Supports cross modem modes. Talk with your C4FM radio on DMR, and with your DMR radio on System Fusion networks!
  • Very easy to use, works without a computer. No additional hardware required, works out of the box. All accessories included.
  • Web interface for configuration and monitoring.
  • HTTP, UDP/TCP API support.
  • Custom 2FSK/4FSK RF protocol support with TDMA.
  • USB powered, low energy consumption, 20mW RF output.
  • Create your own private radio network using our open source server application.
  • Runs fully embedded software written in pure C, running on an embedded real time operating system. No Linux, bulky Windows software or failing SD cards


One of the most interesting parts of this (for me) is getting a current status log, with user info, etc.  Kinda fun..