Hello and welcome to my Blog, my name is Chris, a bus driver for First Mendip based in Wells, Somerset. Married to Fiona, we live in Midsomer Norton near Bath, with Harvey the dog and Boots the cat. My main hobby is Amateur Radio and I hold the call sign G4KVI. I am the repeater keeper for GB3UB and MB7UB. I have a fascination for the weather and all things to do with nature and science. I am a biker and currently ride a Honda CBfF600. As a Christian I worship, when shifts allow at St. Nicolas Church in Radstock. These are my observations on my life, both at work and at home.

19 Sep 2017

Clean motorcycle down pipes

One of the most difficult parts of a motorcycle to keep in respectable condition are the exhaust down pipes. They go through extreme punishment. Heated and cooled, have all manner of debris thrown at them and are difficult to get to. I had heard about toilet cleaner being the answer but was very dubious about it. Especially on a nine year old machine.
However I came across a YouTube video which convinced me to give it a go.
I applied the Harpic and left it for five minutes. Most of the stains and rubbish came off. I washed it off well but some stains remained. I gave it a second application and this time after drying I used chrome cleaner. The photos speak for themselves.






28 Aug 2017

SDR# Working

The world of Amateur Radio is changing. There is much talk about SDR (software defined radio). So what is SDR? 

Software-defined radio (SDR) is a radio communication system where components that have been typically implemented in hardware (e.g. mixers, filters, amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, detect ors, etc.) are instead implemented by means of software on a personal computer or embedded system.

This has often meant spending lots of money. However, someone discovered that the cheap digital tv dongles can do some amazing stuff for almost no money.

I bought one of these and have to say I wasn't convinced. However, for the money I thought it was worth a go.
It all arrived but I was unable to get it to work. I followed all the 'easy fix' web sites but it still firmly refused to work.  

I made some time to finally get it work and after running one of the utilities I got a MSVCR160.dll not found error. I searched the error and found this.

MSVCR110.dll is the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable dll that is needed for projects built with Visual Studio 2011. The dll letters spell this out.
MS = Microsoft, V = Visual, C = C++, R = Redistributable
For Winroy to get started, this file is probably needed.
This error appears when you wish to run a software which require the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2012. The redistributable can easily be downloaded on the Microsoft website as x86 or x64 edition. Depending on the software you wish to install you need to install either the 32 bit or the 64 bit version. Refer the following link:

Ran this and, bingo. All working and I now have a ultra wide band all mode receiver, for under £10!
I am now having fun learning about what it can do.
2x USB DVB-T RTL-SDR Realtek RTL2832U& R820T Tuner Receiver Dongle PAL IEC Input

2 Aug 2017

New Wine 2017

So, here I am sitting at pink gate watching the weather sweeping across my view of Glastonbury Tor. This year has been good so far even with the weather situation. Last week I was beginning to wonder what the Lord had in store as I had not had any 'God' moments. This week was a bit different. I found I have a sense of complete peace, and a feeling that despite any concerns I have the Lord will provide. This is rather strange  as my concerns have not gone away.  Another theme that keeps recurring is about crossroads and that life is a series of jigsaw pieces that you fit together as you go through life's ups and downs. The weather now seems to have cleared so the next few days will not be spent sheltering from the rain.

My weather data