Start of Season (SoS) 2007

Day One - The Ride up,

I am crap at navigating wile I am on the bike and often I will end up taking a boring route just so I know I will get there. So I asked if anyone was willing to lead my on the way up and Inky said she was going up with a crew from Bristol.
I got a text from InkyAnne at 11:30ish telling me to meet them all at 2pm at Severn View services so I quickly packed my stuff and headed off so that I would not be the last to turn usual I was early so I bought some grub wile I waited for the other to arrive. The finally arrived with Flan turning up last, well I guess it was Flymo''s hangover that kept them.
After that we all left and had a nice ride to Baskerville Hall, there was some countryside roads to ride along and we encountered some Geese which were being very Geese like and protecting their land. We also come across a digger that was in the road, both me and Flymo looked at the gap between the digger and the hedge and thought we could make it. We never got a chance to try as the digger driver noticed up and moved the front bucket so we could get past.
Got to the Hall and started drinking and being social and ended up being one of the last few to bed, as Bubba RP etc were on good form talking carp.

Day Two - The Rideout,

Got up and had some breakfast, and then we did the search for a group to go with for the day. I decided on a group made up of Clinton, Graham, Fraggle, RP, Bubba. We headed out on some rather winding roads and I enjoyed that. We ate ice cream and looked at some studding views we also noticed there was a couple having a intimate moment on a hill side in Wales. We also came across a German Shepard (dog) that was loose on the road and it wanted to have a chew on some bikers so when it came to me I just pulled the clutch in a opened the throttle up, not in a WB way but loud enough and the dog moved away.
Got back to the Hall and I got asked by Splaticus to live up to my name and hold his bike up for him. He then decided to take best part of a week to the work on his bike. After that I went to the bar and drank some more and had dinner and but 10pm ish I was tired so just went to bed, its not like me to wimp out but I was knackerd.

Day Three - The Way home,

I woke up early and had breakfast, the I managed to find a ixie to supply a interesting route home (Thanks Ian Nichols) and I had to wake up the Chas as he was getting a lift on the back of my bike home.
The ride back was nice as we kept of any sort of major road so we only saw one cash machine on the way back. We did come across a bunch of bikers that were wobbling along. I had to wait for them to overtake some cars before I could think of overtaking them as I had Chas on-board and was not going to attempt anything silly with that kind of weight on the back. Meanwhile Ian was buggering off into the distance so I had to play catchup after I overtook them, luckily he waited at the next junction for me.
Got back to Chas''s and he mentioned the idea of a BBQ so I went home and got changed and returned later that evening. It ended up just me, Ian, and Chas but we still had a nice BBQ and later we started to play on the Wii which is fun.

And now the pictures...


Amber Flashers Pt1

Category: Electronics

As some of you may noticed I am a bit of a geek. I have been thinking I need to have an electronics project. Mostly to have an excuse to buy a Raspberry PI. We a short while back I bought some 10w Amber LEDs, now I am thinking of a project to make my own set of amber flashy lights. I know at the end of the day the bought kits are going to be better and cheaper but I want to learn. I have since ruled out the PI for this task as the time to boot it would mean time that the lights are not working. So it looks like a Arduino which looks interesting. It is simpler and does what you ask it to do. Now I just need to learn about electronics and how to program a Arduino and all will be fine. Would like to have a programmable set of flash patterns which I can add to as time goes on. Big issue atm is working out the best way to drive the 10w LED lights. Which is 0.83A at 12V so I guess I would need to use a transistor to power this as a relay would just break down from the constant switching. Now how do you work out the transistor needed. Some of my friends have kindly suggested a Arduino UNO and to use MOSFETS so I am currently reading up on a handy tutorial from on how to use the UNO to power high power items. The other option is to use a full size Arduino and a 'shield' designed for controlling motors etc., there are plenty around, often with screw terminals for connecting the power and loads.

Re-Wiring of my accessories

Category: Disco 2 2003

Damn this has been a long time since I posted anything on here. Well I have added a few accessories to the Land Rover over the past few years. Bits like a LED Amber Lightbar, CB Radio, Amateur Radio, Phone charger, On-Board Camera, Rear Work Lights, and Driving Lights. These I have wired in one by one but now after several years of abuse I think I need to look at wiring up the stuff properly. Partly as my job working in the calibration industry means I get to see how the professionals wire up stuff. First stage was to purchase and fit a extra battery mount. This isn''t a necessary requirement but its a nice to have feature as with the correct wiring I won''t run down the starter battery if I happen to leave the rear work lamps on for a few hours. Now the battery mount I bought was a excellent kit from a chap called Ryan Wild (W1LDR). This has been fitted for best part of a year but due to a lack of funds I never got around to fitting a Leisure battery. The Battery, Well the best battery to fit in this place is a leisure battery as they are better for discharging and re-charging. They have less Amp output but they deal with running stuff far better. Now the battery tray measures 240mm (w) x 170mm (d) x 200mm (h) which is a damn annoying size to find for a battery so for the time being I have fitted a Yuassa 50Ah 63 type battery which is a bit small in the space I have but its not overly expensive of a battery but it does allow me to get started on this project. Charging the Battery, From looking around I decided I wanted a 16A Smart Relay Charging Unit from eBay for £15. What this does it allows me to charge the second battery once the main starting battery has been charged up. Some people will just wire the batteries together but remember that means you get the combined power of two batteries but once you discharge them both will be out of power plus you have to ensure that both batteries are of the same power output otherwise one will always be trying to over charge the other.

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