Picking Amateur Radio back up

Used to have all kinds of Ham radio equipment,  transceivers, antennas and all kinds of other equipment to talk on the air with other hams in far away lands.

Well, I am in the process of re-acquiring some radio equipment so I can start this awesome hobby back up. Have had an Extra class license for years. Just need the equipment. Stay tuned. More to come.

Microphone test with GoPro Hero 6

Trying out a new mike for a GoPro Hero 6 (I know, I need a Hero 9). Have tried a few different mikes, and all of them distort (clips) the input into the camera at higher speeds. This mike will probably be a keeper (Giant Squid lapel mike). Sounds pretty good, even at higher speeds, without any cracking or distortion. It’s a keeper.

2021 OH-Stoc – Shawnee State Park, OH

Left the house in SC at 6am. Interstate all the way for 460 miles. Raining off an on. Arrived around 2PM, and set up camp at Shawnee State Park campground.

Shawnee State Park, OH

Went for a group ride Friday. Very nice roads in Southern OH. The rain just would not quit.

Group Ride again Saturday. Nice weather. Shot some video with my GoPro Hero 6. We had around 15 riders in the group, using the “drop and sweep” system, which works very good.

 

Great weekend.Met a lot of old friends, along with a few new ones as well.

Returned home Sunday 6/13. 

New shoes on the GSA

Mounted the second set of Pirelli Scorpion Trail II on the R1200 GSA. Great touring tire. Had a plug in the old rear, and was also starting to wear down quite a bit.

Pirelli took it a step further with the II designation, redesigning the tires to better suit road-focused adventure touring bikes. As a touring / sport-touring tire, the Trail II offers ample confidence-inspiring grip and predictability. This is not surprising since the Trail IIs are derived from the Angel GT. Compared to the old Scorpion Trail the new tire features a rounder profile that creates a contact patch 6 percent shorter and 10 percent wider. The new tread pattern does away with the intersecting grooves and the big block tread pattern of the old Trails in favor of a more street-bred, continuous block pattern that delivers improved lateral stability with less road noise and vibration. Pirelli claims the new profile and tread reduces heat and increases longevity by 50 percent without the need for a harder compound.

Deep, steeply angled grooves promise to discharge water more effectively, and new compounds will improve both wet and dry weather performance. The front tire has a single, 100 percent silica compound while the dual-compound rear tire features a 100 percent silica shoulder and 70 percent silica center that balances corner grip with longevity. Pirelli’s super-secret compound cocktail is concocted using a unique process of continuously mixing polymers and resins with silica that chemically bonds to carbon black for more consistent wear and performance

 

2021 Spring Ride in Georgia & NC Mountains

Headed to Suches, GA, for a few days (22-27 of April). Staying at “Two Wheels Of Suches” for a few days, riding some of the best roads in the mountains of Georgia. Taking the XR, as these roads are all premium motorcycle roads, and it wouldn’t be right to leave her at home.

Georgia Mountains

From Georgia I’ll ride over to Blueridge Motorcycle Camp in Cruso, NC, and camp there for a day or so, before making my way back home. Should be a good few days off.

Edit: Nice trip. Awesome Northern GA roads. Really enjoyed it. Met some old friends as well a a few new ones.

Suches - Cruso

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Suches Motorcycle Campground. Lodge.