German (Backwoods) Engineering at work

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Video: Refuelling the Peanut Lighter

The Maratac Peanut Ligter

The Maratac Peanut Ligter

I just realized that it’s been about a year or two since I’ve used the lighter that I carry in my daily bag. The Maratac Peanut Lighter is a pretty tough unit, but it looks like the lighter fluid in there needs to be topped-up. Read More

WLN KD-C1: The Programmable Toy Radio

IMG_20160826_105116The OPG has always been about usable tech.  For communications gear, this means a combination of portability and flexibility with a little bit of style thrown in for flavor.

Small radios are always appealing because you can hang them on your leather jacket. The Problem has been that most small radios lacking features to be useful. Manufacturers generally produce only easily sellable, marketable toys. (FRS/Family Radio Service radios.) Read More

Radios: The iRadio CP-168

IMG_20160816_134700I have a weakness for exotic, tiny radios. Usually because they’re inexpensive and unusual.  The iRadio CP-168 definitely fits the description.

This radio is approximately the size of a speaker microphone from other radios but still boasts a 2 W transmitter power. One feature that sets this apart from the usual entries in the Baofeng 666/777/888 or other small radios is the 128 channel memory capacity.
One thing about this radio that catches the eye and tingles my geek nerve is the hidden display. Read More