There was also interest in my pirate Hallowe'en costume, so here 'tis, pic taken by sionnagh:
And I bought an iPod! I've been getting tired of schlepping boxes of CDs around all the time to have something
to listen to in the car, and having to move them all out of the way if I give anyone a ride. But now Apple is
offering 8GB iPods with no moving parts. And since they're working with
(PRODUCT)RED to provide funds to distribute AIDS medication
to people needing it, they have a snappy looking
red iPod nano:
Then I picked up a
harmon/kardan drive+play to let me control it safely while I'm driving.
This also keeps it charged and lets me tuck the iPod itself out of sight.
Installing it was a little tricky, as I already have a fair bit of kit installed in my car, and at one point, the bracket I was installing
covered the screws I had to tighten. Luckily, the bracket had holes in it, so I could
get at the screws that way:
While I was pulling wire, I added a cell phone amplifer switch, so I can cut in extra gain when I'm in areas with poor coverage (such as happypete's place). Combined with the roof antenna, I get pretty solid coverage now. Along with the existing two ham radios, GPS navigation rig, and so forth, the result is a somewhat formidable installation.