Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Little Battery Humor

Have you seen New Mercedes ‘AA’ Class answer to hybrids and Tesla? 

Here it is: The New Mercedes ‘AA’ Class


Friday, January 13, 2017

New Template, Fixed It!

1-14-17
Some how my HTTPS REDIRECT setting was set to "YES" and should have been set to "NO". Now I have all the followers and Visitors back, back to normal I hope...

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I'm trying a new template to make the blog easier to read and after 8 years a little different look. Right now I'm having a little trouble getting the title block image to size properly. So you'll see a number of attempts at it including the blogs background colors.

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Update:
Well, this will be the new template for now. A lot of issues happened when I transferred templates, the colors changed, font size is different from old to new template. When manually selecting a font size it changes the new post such as this one but not the older posts.

Lost all my "Members" and my "Feedjit Who's Visiting" window which was nice so we could see who's sleeping or awake around the world.

I'll continue to try and fix it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Protesting in Mexico

Why are they protesting?
Mexicans were enraged by the 20 percent fuel price hike announced over the weekend as part of a government deregulation of the energy sector. The change boosted the average price for a liter of premium gasoline to 17.79 pesos (about .90 cents). That makes 4 liters, or about a gallon, equal to nearly as much as Mexico's just raised minimum wage for a day's work - 80 pesos (about $4.00 a day).

$4.00 a day minimum wage! No wonder they are over-running our borders.

Link to story and photo's:
Mexico gas protests, looting leave 2 dead, 600 arrested
by: MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press Updated: Jan 5, 2017

Link to another story and photo's worth reading:
Border Bridges Closed Amid Mexican Gas Price Riots
by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ 10 Jan 2017 Nogales, AZ, Breitbart
http://www.breitbart.com/border/2017/01/10/border-bridges-closed-amid-mexican-gas-price-riots/

Thursday, January 5, 2017

People “LOCK YOUR CARS”

Yesterday, 01-05-17 @ 1:40am, my sleepy little subdivision of 84 homes, had 2 cars stolen (one next-door to me) and 8 others vandalized. The crime element of the city has finally migrated into my area. I live in a very remote S.E. part of the city. There are no other homes around us, just virgin woods, the Intracoastal Waterway on two sides, the Mayo Clinic campus (hundreds of acres) on another and AIG Insurance campus (again at least 150 acres) on the other. However, we are separated from those campus’ by 6 lane roads. There is never any foot or bicycle traffic past our neighborhood entrance, which is only one way in and the same way out, not very inviting for thieves as a target area because they can get trapped. Today, they have recovered one of the cars on the far North Side of town (25 miles away), no news on the other.

I have been contemplating adding video cameras on my home, not that they will stop anything but having images of the thieves may help catch them and put them away.

If it were my decision I’d move from here tomorrow because it will get worse, but she who must be obeyed doesn’t see the need! The city has 3 murders a week and 8 shootings a week. Who does 90% of these? The sub-humans. I’m sure they are waiting for the opportunity to start protests and burning down the city. It’s the only thing that makes them and apparently our politicians happy.


Local News Video, you’ll have to scroll down a page or two to find the video.
Title of video:
“2 cars stolen, several broken into in Intracoastal West neighborhood


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

When should you replace older ‘Smoke’ and ‘CO’ alarms?

This time of year the news media and fire departments are urging people to install fresh batteries every year in their Smoke and CO alarms and even if it appears functional to replace the entire alarm with a new one if your not sure of its age. Most models sold today have a manufacturer stated ten-year life span but some have only three! Read the packaging before buying. I just purchased three new CO alarms, made by Kidde. They had a nice feature where it will give warning chirps at the end of ten years use. The internal timer starts the minute you install the batteries in it.

For a reminder to replace the batteries in all my alarms I use Christmas, easy to remember for me. Also, I use a file folder label on each alarm that has the date of install and a reminder for the annual battery replacement.

This photo shows the Smoke and CO alarms I use in my van when using a catalytic heater.




Link below to comments and much more information from Consumer Reports article.

Q. I have two homes equipped with hard-wired smoke alarms, original equipment now about 17 years old. The alarms respond appropriately to the test buttons. But the instructions on a battery-operated alarm say it should be replaced in 10 years.

A. The life expectancy of smoke alarms is generally 10 years, after which point their sensors can begin to lose sensitivity. The test button only confirms that the battery, electronics and alert system are working; it doesn’t mean that the smoke sensor is working.
To test the sensor, use an aerosol can of smoke alarm test spray that simulates smoke. But even if the 17-year-old smoke alarms in your homes can still detect smoke, we recommend replacing them with new models.


Check our smoke alarm buying guide and Ratings to find the most effective models. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update

It's been about nine weeks since the hurricane brushed by here. Below are a few pictures of some of the damaged homes where nothing has been repaired yet. That is the point of this posting! Nothing gets repaired quickly after a major storm. A lot of people have damage, many far worse than we have and the best the limited number of carpenters and roofers can do is put you on the list. Thank goodness for those "Blue Tarps"! It can take 6-9 months after a storm for everything to be repaired. As of last week, the city and FEMA finished picking up all the tree debris city-wide. So now the city needs to repair the sidewalks that were busted up when the trees next to them uprooted. Also where-ever the branch piles were they killed the grass below so everyone will have 20-30 yards of sod to put down to repair the damage. I'm going to wait till spring before doing anything.

Could have been a lot worse for my neighborhood!





Monday, December 12, 2016

Tent Heater, Propane

I need another propane tent heater and was going to purchase another one of the Coleman Sport-Cat’s. This week while online shopping I discovered Coleman stopped selling the Sport-Cat Heater that I already use and they’re not commenting about a problem, a recall or legal action at this time. What’s up? I don’t know! Naturally there are many product critical stories on the web but nothing with facts from reliable sources. So if you own one like I do, maybe it’s time to dispose of it just to be on the safe side.

This is the Coleman Sport-Cat Heater.


Reason I wanted to buy another heater?
Next December thru January 2017/2018, I plan on attending the RTR, “Rubber Tramp Rendezvous” in Quartzite AZ. A fulltime Vandwellers and RV’ers annual get-together.
In preparation for that trip I’ve been looking for a second propane tent heater to be used in my Ford FreeStar Van. The second one would be used for nights when it’s below 30f degrees.

Currently, I use the Coleman Sport-Cat Catalytic Heater with a single on/off setting of 1,500 btu’s and that will raise the temp inside the van 10-15f degrees’ when the outside night air is 45f degrees. The nice thing about this heater is it does run (I tested it many times) for 13 hours continuous on one, 1-lb. cylinder of propane. That’s great compared to running out of propane in the middle of the night and waking to freezing temps. At Quartzite, the temps can drop to 20'sf at night and I’m to old to be shivering all night so a bump up in btu’s is worth the extra propane cost. I was going to buy a second Coleman Sport-Cat to use on cold nights to get my btu's up to 3,000 which would be comfy. But until they resolve whatever issues they are having I’ll go with a Mr. Heater.



My choice for a new heater:
Mr. Heater F215100 MH4B Little Buddy 3800-BTU Indoor Safe Propane Heater.

Cost: $60.00
Manufacturer Spec’s:
Indoor-safe portable propane heater for rooms up to 95 square feet.
Continuous odor-free heat for up to 5-1/2 hours.
45-degree heating angle.
Simple on/off buttons.
Uses 1-pound disposable propane cylinder.
Low-oxygen sensor and accidental tip-over switch with auto shut-off for safety.
THE USE OF UN-AUTHORIZED ACCESSORIES/ATTACHMENTS WITH THIS HEATER ARE EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED, MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY, AND WILL VOID THE WARRANTY.

Ventilation:
Manufacturers instructions about how much ventilation is needed when operating this heater in a closed space such as my van:
“This heater requires a vent area of 4 square inches (example 2‰ x 2‰ opening) minimum for adequate ventilation during operation. Do not use other fuel burning appliances inside”.
In other words, if I open only my drivers window ¼ inch that is more than enough ventilation to be safe. HOWEVER, I DO USE A ‘CO’ DETECTOR IN THE VAN. I’M NOT TOTALLY STUPID and believe everything I read!

How Much Heat Do You Need Calculator:

You can calculate the amount of BTUs required by using the following method: Measure the space’s dimension to determine cubic feet. (Length x Width x Height = Cubic Feet). Subtract the outside temperature from the desired inside temperature to determine the temperature increase. If you have measured temperature in Fahrenheit, calculate the required BTUs with this formula: (Cubic Feet x Temperature Increase x .133 = Required BTUs) If you have measured temperature in Celsius, calculate the required BTUs with this formula: (Cubic Feet x Temperature Increase x .2394 = Required BTUs).


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Liquid Fuel Transfer Pump, Battery Powered

I’ve been looking for a safe, spill-free way of filling my small engine fuel tanks. I’ve tried the gas cans with the on/off valve in the can spout. The first couple of uses it was fine but after a year of use the valve became difficult to use and it dripped gas onto the engine when filling. I even thought about making my own transfer pump using an old 12volt fuel pump and a couple hoses, but thought if the on/off switch were to spark it could be a disaster.

For a couple years now I have been looking at this Battery Operated Transfer Pump shown below but was hesitant to buy because so many of these inexpensive pumps are junk. This one doesn’t appear to be.
During Matthew the hurricane, I needed to fill the generator several times using a gas can I had a small spillage issue each time. After that hurricane it was time to order this Transfer Pump and see if it worked and was of reasonable quality.



Does it pump 5-6 quarts per minute as advertized?
Yes, and a lot more. For a flow test, I filled a five-quart jug in 24 seconds!

I used a five-gallon bucket with water and took this photo to show the stream of water the pump produces. That’s a ½ inch diameter stream that flows three gallons per minute.


Battery Life:
The pump is designed to run off two, “D” size batteries. How many gallons will it pump on one set of batteries? I don’t know, but I did empty three five gallon buckets and was still pumping strong. “D” size batteries are expensive and I didn’t want to waste them for a duration test. I’m quite happy with this limited test, I’d guess the batteries could pump 50 gallons, far more than I would ever need for a hurricane season, I hope!

Pump Storage after use:
Because the pump impeller and fuel lines have no inline valves it will completely self-drain immediately after use. Just stand or hang it vertically and you’re done

What Do I like most of all about this pump?
It works, is spill free and easy to use.
For seasonal engine storage, I am now able to pump all the gas from the small engine fuel tanks into a larger 5-6 gallon storage gas can. Then run the small engine until what little is left in the tank is gone leaving the entire fuel system dry reducing possible fuel gumming-up in the carburetor and filters.

Summary:
Best for small engine tanks and Portable Kerosene Heaters.
It appears to be a quality built product but only time will tell if it will last say 5+ years.

Source to Purchase:
Sierra Tools Battery-Operated Liquid Transfer Pump:

Cost: $15.99

Manufacturers Spec’s:
Move liquids safely and easily with this convenient handheld pump.
Pumps gas, water, oil and other non-corrosive liquids.
Use in garage, aquariums, home and yard.
Pumps up to 6 quarts of liquid per minute.
Requires two "D" size batteries (not included).

Monday, November 14, 2016

'Supermoon’ 11-14-2016, The Closest Full Moon Until 2034

I tried a quick shot (actually 23 of them) of tonight’s ‘Super Moon’. Turned out pretty well considering it was taken with my inexpensive Nikon CoolPix S9200, point and shoot, hand held, zoomed to 18x, using full auto mode!

Thought I’d best try it tonight because at my age, I doubt I’ll be around for the next one!


Friday, November 4, 2016

Hurricane Matthew One Month Later


Yesterday and today, the debris collection truck (one truck) was in the neighborhood hauling off all the storm’s tree damage. I took this photo with my cell phone so it’s not the greatest because you can’t see what the trucks signs say. These are FEMA contracted trucks. Lord knows what the cost is, maybe some day we’ll find out. But we’re all happy that it’s being hauled off. Now it’s time to re-seed or re-sod the grass areas that were killed under the branch piles.

I do have one oak tree in the back yard that will need to come down because of the extensive storm damage. Maybe next year I’ll have it taken down. It’s a 24 inch diameter oak and the going rate for removal is $2,500.00 for the one tree. Who knows, maybe if another storm comes through Mother Nature will take it down!

Friday, October 21, 2016

New Van Dwellers YouTube link

For all you Van Dwellers and aspiring Minimalists, I’ve added another YouTube link “Rolling Earthship” to the Van Dwellers topic. Luis has many informative videos and topics about how he built and lives in his Chevy Van all delivered in a casual, conversational format. Check it out, there’s lots of good stuff there.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Hurricane Matthew 2016 pictures and some issues

Hurricane Matthew 2016 pictures and some issues

Some of you know I live on the Intracoastal Waterway in Northeast Florida and had to deal with this hurricane. Here's a brief summary of the event.

At 4:00am today 10-8-16 the storm has moved out of our area and it’s now a soft breeze and cool here. We had one tree down including lots of snapped off branches some branches as big as 10 inches in diameter! But we were lucky with no house damage or flooding. A big part of the downed trees was the nor-easter we had immediately ahead of the hurricane. This 3 inches of rain saturated and softened the ground so when the hurricane winds and lots more rain came the roots had nothing but mush to hold on to. Lots of trees uprooted and limbs snapped off, the neighborhood is a mess.

The storm surge here in the Intracoastal Waterway was by my best guess from known trees/bushes/marsh grass heights growing in the waterway was showing me between 4-5 feet. It’s the first time I’ve seen the street a couple houses down from me was covered with water for half a block, curb to curb and over the tops of the curb. No one had water inside on their floors.

Electric power is still off since Friday noon and JEA said it will not be back on until Sunday afternoon, this is a first for my area. Normally the power is only off for at most half an hour. Glad I have a generator.

Communications: Cell phones are out for outgoing calls but incoming works but the voice is garbled. However texting works fine.

Also the internet connection is dead if you use only a router to connect through and if you don’t have a generator for 110v power to power the router, it’s dead.

Then there’s TV, without a generator it’s useless and you have to rely on a radio to keep up with the weather updates which is nowhere near as informative as the graphics of are on TV.


Evacuation: Once again was a traffic mess. I have a rule that with Category 3, 4 or 5 I evacuate. Because it was a cat 4, I made reservations at a Holiday Inn for Thursday and Friday night so I thought I was all set until Thursday night when Holiday Inn called and said because of evacuation orders they canceled my reservation! Well that was just great, that late or last moment all motels were filled leaving me to either drive in the traffic mess for 100 miles or stay put. So because of the storms path parallel to the coastline I risked staying. If it were a straight westward path onto the shore I would have driven out of town. Fortunately,

We made it through with no broken windows or other house damage. It helped a great deal that I’m always prepped for these events.

My house.

My backyard.

Other neighborhood pictures. No one got hurt although 90% of the people left and no one had water in their house.















Monday, October 3, 2016

Shotgun Update using a Red Dot Optic

First, my opinion about the value of a shotgun:
If you can only afford one long gun, the shotgun is the only long gun that can do everything you need a gun for and do it well. As a hunting gun it is very capable of taking all game, from deer, bear, geese, ducks, squirrels, rabbits etc by simply selecting the correct shot shell for the game your seeking. For home self-defense it is well up to the task. Most shotguns including mine have 3 rounds in the magazine and 1 in the chamber = 4 rounds. There are many aftermarket add-ons so you can increase the magazine capacity to 7-8 rounds including countless accessories such as lights, slings, stocks, just about anything you can think of.


I added a red dot optic to my shotgun months back using a saddle mount on the receiver and I just didn’t like it. So I changed the mount to a cantilever mount and the results were amazing. I also just realized I never did an update about it. I think this is important shotgun information for all shot gunners, so here it is!

As I stated many times before, here where I live the ‘sub-humans’ (or zombies if you prefer) love to protest, however when “protesting” they actually engage in destructive, violent rioting and they’re getting bolder and far more dangerous than ever. Today, they’re sniping the police and drive-by shootings into homes and crowds are common. To defend against this home threat, a shotgun whether shooting slugs or buck-shot in my opinion is very suitable. But quick accurate shot placement must be improved to the point that you have total confidence in the shot placement of your shotgun whether up-close or 50+ yards. I find you can get the most accuracy out of your shotgun using a simple and inexpensive red dot optic!

Shotgun target acquisition for most shooters is difficult to understand or master, especially with little training or just seasonal practice. To me, shotgun sighting for the most part is ‘point shooting’ where you try to visually align the barrels ventilated rib at the target and then bring up the bead sight at the very end of the barrel onto the target. With practice such as skeet shooting, you can develop the skill necessary to be reasonably on target almost all the time. However, for the occasional annual shooter or even skilled shooters a red dot optic in my opinion is required to get the best repeatable target accuracy from the shotgun whether using bird shot, buck shot and especially slugs.

My shotgun set-up:
The shotgun started as a Remington 1100, 3 inch Magnum, Ventilated Rib, Goose Gun with the 26 inch barrel. I eventually shortened the barrel to 18 inches giving me a smooth bore, cylinder choke and a much more manageable gun (I don’t hunt geese anymore so no need for the long barrel and 3 inch magnum loads). I added a cantilevered scope mount to the ventilated rib of the barrel and use a Tasco Pro-Point Red Dot optic. Because the cantilevered mount the scope is mounted directly to the barrel and not the receiver. This provides the greatest optic stability and repeatable accuracy.

The end result of the red dot and cantilevered mount?
Stunning repeatable accuracy! The shotgun now feels, acts like and gives me the same hit confidence of a rifle or carbine. With the red dot sight on my shotgun using slugs, ‘anyone’ can make standing head shots to 35 yards all day long and center-mass shots to 50+ yards are easy. Using Buck Shot or my favorite all around game shot, #6 shot, the red dot puts your shot pattern dead center on target with all the shot surrounding the target ensuring a uniform shot saturated target area.

A simple red dot optic may very well make the difference of staying alive or a meal on the table. If a shotgun is all you own in the way of guns, add a red dot optic and get the most out of your shotgun.


Link to the Pro-Point Red Dot optic:


Link to the B-Squared Cantilevered scope mount I used:



Red Dot mounted on the cantilevered mount.

Full view of shotgun.


Ammo used on target below.

Target was set at 25 yards (the indoor range greatest distance) and here's the results from a standing position, un-rested gun. Just placed the red dot on the center ‘X’ and squeezed the trigger. The targets black area is 4.5 inches in diameter. Buck Shot pattern is 8 inches in diameter. Only one buck shot round used on this target to prove the red dot centers a shot pattern and just like the slugs they went where the red dot was aimed.

Hope this helps with your shotgunning!


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Blogger screwed me again

Yesterday, I added a new blog to follow on my blog list. Last night is was on there but this morning they were all GONE! I haven't been good at keeping a separate back-up list so now I have to go by memory and rebuild the list. If I've left someone off I'm sorry, it wasn't intentional. Maybe in a few weeks I'll recall all of them and get you on the list again.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Update of the EOTech Optic Refund

Since returning the EOTech-517 optic for a refund I started searching for another optic. I began with re-thinking the need for and how I would use my AR today compared to 10 years ago. Ten years ago it was for self-defense such as 0-100 yard neighborhood street fighting etc. However, I did find after hours of using the EOTech sight the holographic sight with no magnification makes it almost impossible to see a camouflaged threat hiding behind cover beyond 100 yards. Here where I live the ‘sub-humans’ (zombies if you prefer) are getting bolder and far more dangerous. They’re now sniping cops at a distance and drive-by shootings into homes, at random individuals and crowds are common.

To counter this new style of threat I now feel the need and capability to engage a target out to 300+ yards but still have CQB capability. My new optic choice is the Vortex Strike-Eagle 1x-6x, a traditional variable magnification rifle scope with a simple to use 5.56 caliber BDC (bullet drop compensator) reticle. The 1x will allow quick, short range target acquisition with a wide angle of view. The 6x will take care of the longer 300+ yard shots. The Strike Eagle has a variable intensity, illuminated reticle which for me is very useful in low light. The Strike-Eagle reticle is etched just like a conventional scope, so if the battery goes dead the etched reticle is always there and ready. Also, there is a compartment inside the windage cap that holds a spare battery, nice design touch.

Would I recommend the Strike-Eagle?   Yes!
However, scopes and guns to men are similar to a woman, they’re a man's personal choice, unfortunately, more times than not an emotional choice. There is no perfect do everything scope, just like there is no perfect do everything gun, so we’re left with making a choice with concessions. With that said, I do recommend you at least look at the Strike-Eagle for yourself, it gets the job done for me and at a great price point!


A Vortex Optics Strike Eagle Scope Review, YouTube:

Link to Strike-Eagle Scope for Purchasing:

If you buy the scope from the Amazon link, this retailer INCLUDES a cantilevered scope mount ($90.00 retail), scope mount wrench, bushings for a 24 mm scope should you have one, flip up lens caps, two batteries one to use the scope when you get it and a spare one that’s in the spare battery storage compartment, all with the lowest price out there!!!

The Scope Mounted on my M4:



M4 Front Sight:
Some of you may have noticed that my front sight appears to be in the way of the scope line of sight. It is not in the crosshairs. You can barely see a shadow that's easy to see through at 1x and 2x and it is well below the cross hairs. Any higher magnification it is completely out of the sight window. Really, there’s no issue about it.

The Reticle:
  • It’s bright, clear, simple and edge to edge clean.
  • The main crosshair can always be used with any magnification setting.
  • The circle diameter is equal to 18 inches at 100 yards and for fast, CQB target acquisition.
  • The drop hash marks are accurate and designed to work with the scope set at 6X.
  • For range estimation the width of the horizontal hash marks is equal to 18 inches or the shoulder width of an average human. Match the hash mark to your target shoulders and that’s your estimated yardage.


The Reticle image as actually seen in the scope.



Thursday, August 25, 2016

EOTech Recall-Refund of Holographic Weapon Sights (“HWS”)

I don’t know how many or if any of you own an EOTech sight. If you do this may interest you.


I had the #517 EOTech Holographic Weapon Sight and returned it for a “FULL” refund including return shipping. I had my sight for 10 years and they gave me all my money back!!!  Maybe later I'll get into the details of the issues I had. 
But if you own one send it back and get your money back before the lawsuit is over. 





Dear Valued EOTech Customer

EOTech values your business and is committed to providing you with the highest quality products. Provided below is information on four issues that may affect your EOTech Holographic Weapon Sight (“HWS”). EOTech has not issued a recall of any of its sights, and many of our customers continue to use their sights regularly. EOTech nonetheless wants you to be satisfied and is offering refunds at your option.

Depending on the age of your sight and the ways in which you use it, you might or might not be affected by these issues. Many HWS users experience no issues with their EOTech sights especially if (for example) the sight is used in close-quarter ranges, the target is in the center of the window, or the sight is re-zeroed frequently. We hope the information presented below is helpful.

Cold Weather Distortion
Cold weather distortion generally does not affect EOTech-branded HWS manufactured after March 2008. The historical issue with cold weather distortion was that the HWS’s aiming dot experienced distortion of size and shape when the sight was exposed to temperatures below 32° F. This became worse as the temperature approached -40° F. It had virtually no effect in warmer temperatures or at the close-quarter ranges where the HWS is typically used, because at those closer distances the distortion would not have a significant effect on the point of impact. Although generally unnoticeable to the naked eye, the distortion existed at colder temperatures.

Impact: Generally none for EOTech-branded sights manufactured after March 2008. For sights manufactured earlier, the sights affected are those used in cold weather for longer range shooting.

Reticle Fade (Moisture Incursion)
Reticle fade as a result of moisture incursion generally does not affect sights manufactured after July 2014. Even for sights manufactured before that date, the effect may not be substantial. The issue is that atmospheric moisture conditions can lead to the HWS’s reticle fading or eventually disappearing. It typically is noticeable first when the reticle appears to dim at the edges of the sight window. The sight’s age and environmental exposure are factors that accelerate reticle dimming. In many cases, however, this condition can be mitigated by increasing the brightness of the reticle, using the sight’s brightness controls.

Impact: None for any sights manufactured after July 2014. Potentially minimal impact for sights manufactured before that date, depending on the sight’s age and use. Whether your sight will experience reticle fade will depend on the factors discussed above.

Thermal Drift
EOTech’s sights experience a point of impact shift away from the point of aim when the sight is exposed to a temperature different from the temperature at which the sight was zeroed. After zeroing the sight at or near ambient temperature (73°F), the zero position will shift during operating temperature changes. The sight has the potential to shift approximately +/- 5 Minutes of Angle (“MOA”) at -40°F and 122°F. Due to thermal drift, the sight may not return to zero. The sights have the potential of approximately a +/- 2 MOA zero shift upon return to ambient (73°F) after being exposed to any temperature between -40°F and 122°F.

This shift results from natural thermal expansion or contraction that is present in various materials as they are heated or cooled, and is greater the more extreme the temperature change. For example, when a sight is zeroed at 70˚ F then acclimated to 50˚ F, less shift will occur. On the other hand, if zeroed at 70˚ F, then acclimated to 0˚ F, more shift occurs. The shift may not be significant to shooters who use their sights at close-quarters ranges. For instance, 5 MOA is a shift of 1.25 inches at 25 yards, and is 5 inches at 100 yards. It also is worth noting that thermal effects are evidenced to varying degrees in common optics, as well as in rifle barrels and ammunition as the environmental conditions change. In all events, to achieve optimum accuracy, the sight zero should be verified whenever the sight is exposed to marked temperature changes, and the sight should be re-zeroed as necessary.

There is no repair currently available to eliminate thermal drift. If your HWS experiences a degree of thermal drift that is unacceptable to you, and re-zeroing does not address the issue to your satisfaction, please contact EOTech, as described below, to obtain a refund of the purchase price.

Impact: The sight’s zero will be affected at varying operating temperatures. This may be minimal for sights used at close-quarter ranges and may be corrected by re-zeroing the sight.

Parallax
All optics experience varying degrees of parallax depending on use and operating conditions. Parallax is an apparent change in the point of aim resulting from a change in the position of the shooter. EOTech’s sights have little parallax when the reticle is in the center of the viewing window, which is the optimum sighting position and also is the correct place for zeroing the sight. On the other hand, if the user is looking through the sight at the outer edge of the sight window – an off-axis view – the parallax error might be up to 4±3 MOA (or a total of 14 MOA across the viewing window) at 71˚ F (for a sight properly zeroed). In other words, parallax can increase as the user’s view approaches the edge of the EOTech viewing window. To put this possible amount of off-axis error into perspective, 7 MOA equates to 1.75 inches at 25 yards or 7 inches at 100 yards. Viewing through the center of the window achieves the least parallax error. Parallax may increase as temperature changes from 71˚ F. At operating temperature extremes of -40˚ F or 122˚ F, there may be an additional 4 MOA of parallax.

Impact: Virtually none if the shooter is aiming through the center of the sight. Relatively small effect at close-quarter ranges, if the shooter is aiming through the very edge of the sight’s window. As described above, the effect is greater when the shooter is aiming off-center, at longer ranges, or at temperature extremes.

Customer Return Policy
We sincerely appreciate your business and will do our utmost to ensure your satisfaction. If you desire a full refund of your purchase price (plus shipping costs), please let us know by completing the form at www.eotechinc.com/return-authorization-request-form.

If you have any questions, please call our Customer Service Department at (888) 368-4656 or email us at support.eotech@L-3com.com.

Sincerely,

The EOTech Team

Monday, July 25, 2016

Toll House Cookie Mix Test

I was given a box of chocolate chip cookie mix to try out, which I did. During my testing of various mixes, my hands down winner is the Wal-Mart brand of, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter and Sugar Cookie mixes. Why? Because these mixes make twice the amount of cookies of the other brands at almost half the cost and they are excellent tasting!! Shelf-Life for all the mixes I’ve tried is one year although with proper storage conditions I would store much longer than that. Keep a few extra mixes on the pantry shelf. Remember during a sustained disaster event, treats will be a priceless morale booster and these premade mixes make it easy to do.

Here’s the latest mix I tried. NestlĂ© Toll House.


Well, this is the first time I’ve seen “made with GMO ingredients” on a cookie mix box! We probably will never have a choice about what we eat now and in the future.


Then to make matters even worse than the high price, on the back of the box they say “ do not consume raw batter”! You’ve got to be kidding, that’s the best part of making cookies. I grew up on raw cookie batter and still alive and well.



The results?
Good, with a slightly stronger taste of brown sugar, but not near as good a value as Wal-Mart mixes.



Sunday, July 17, 2016

Solar System Wiring, Bigger is Better!

Is bigger wire gauge better? For low voltage DC, Yes! Get every watt you can from your system by simply using bigger wires.

The Test:
I wanted to find out if bigger gauge wires really made a difference with the amount of amps delivered to the batteries.

My System as First Set-Up:
Is a simple 200 watt system, two 100 watt panels, similar to what is being used by van-dwellers and RV’s. My controller is 12 feet from the panels and by most wire size charts available allow the use of #10 wire from the panels to the controller. The wire used from the controller to the batteries was #8.

My System Re-Wire:
I kept the length of wires the same but used #4 welding cable from the panels to the controller and #4 wire from the controller to the batteries. #4 cable was used to keep the voltage loss to a minimum. All connections are made with typical ‘crimp style connectors’.
Most hardware and big box stores have a good selection of connectors for #4 wire. The use of ‘welding cable’ is not necessary, but it’s far more flexible and easy to work with than household stranded wire at only a few cents more per foot.

The Results are Stunning:
I actually ‘Doubled’ the amps to my batteries just by using the larger gauge wire! I now have 68 amps of useable power everyday to run fans, lights, radio, TV, recharge my ‘AA’ Batteries and even a 12v refrigerator. For test comparison accuracy I used a 750 watt electric heater for a few minutes at a time to maintain a 12.2 volt battery state of discharge between the hours of logging the results.

The chart below shows the amps to the battery readings on clear sunny Florida days. The chart shows the hour of day and the delivered amps using #10 wire compared with using #4 wire and the amps delivered at the same hour of day:

Time          #10ga  #4ga
7:00am         0.0       0.0                 
8:00am         0.2       1.1
9:00am         0.3       1.9
10:00am       2.1       4.2
11:00am       4.0       8.8
12:00pm       5.0       9.7
1:00pm         5.6      12.0
2:00pm         5.1      10.2
3:00pm         4.2      8.1
4:00pm         1.7      6.0
5:00pm         1.5      4.1
6:00pm         0.3      2.0
7:00pm         0.0      0.0

Results:       30.0  vs  68.1   Total amps delivered for the day.


Summary:

Large wire sizing and solid connections are critical to get every watt from your solar panels and may save you from buying unnecessary panels to deliver more amps.