Receiving Transmissions from Space

I’ve used the two-way radio installed in our EcoSport to receive a transmission from the International Space Station (ISS), a satellite orbiting the Earth at a height of about 400 km. Tracking satellites is part of my hobby as an amateur radio enthusiast. Installing a powerful receiver in an EcoSport allows me to move around easily and find optimal places to conduct radio-related experiments.

Contact Camarines Norte (hi-res)

To watch the video on how I received transmissions from the ISS, head directly to Receiving Transmissions from Space.

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Chocobo visits Greenbelt Makati

During the Christmas break (December 2018), we’ve visited Greenbelt Makati—one of the very few pet-friendly places which allowed our pet rooster in. During our road trips, Chocobo wears a comfy diaper custom-made by his lola in Bicol :)

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National Astronomy Week 2019

Every third week of February, Philippines celebrate the National Astronomy Week (NAW). Astronomical organizations and fellow astronomy enthusiasts promote awareness by conducting free events, such as viewing the moon through a telescope.

To view our previous astronomical observations, click here. Visit my astronomy blog to keep posted with astronomy-related events!

Related link: Visit to PAGASA Observatory

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UP FAIR 2019

UP Diliman celebrates the UP FAIR every second week of February. To watch a short clip of our visit to this year’s fair, head directly to UP FAIR 2019.

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Testing a Sony TPS-L2 Walkman

I had fun connecting this retro cassette player to the audio line in of our EcoSport, using standard audio cables (3.5 mm jack on both ends). I’ve found this 1979 player in a surplus audio shop (for 1 USD, labeled as defective) and restored it by replacing the belts. The Sony TPS-L2 is the very first model of Walkman released by Sony, and was featured recently in an awesome movie. I guess the seller does not really know that this particular Walkman model is a collector’s item among audio enthusiasts.

TPS L2 (7)

This is a just a test, and no, I won’t be keeping this on my dashboard. To watch the video of the TPS-L2 test, head to Testing a Sony TPS-L2.

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UP Diliman Academic Oval

This is a daily sight for me, as I have been working here in UP Diliman since 2013. Send me a note if you happen to be in the vicinity.

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Meet our Pet Rooster

Our pet rooster has been featured in Manila Bulletin. To view all posts about our pet, click here.

Walking on the beach with our rooster pet, April 2019.

 

Teaching Chocobo some tricks, May 2018 ;) 

We have a pet rooster who travels with us on our road trips. We found him while still an egg and my  fiancée (who is a surgeon) helped him hatch, and the rooster now thinks we are his parents (more of this on later posts)! He always follows us everywhere we go, and we also bring him to various pet-friendly places (not many places here in the Philippines allow chicken pets).

April 2019 Daet
In our hometown in Camarines Norte

Here are some photos of Chocobo on-board our EcoSport!

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Happy 1st Birthday Chocobo
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Chocobo the Rooster enjoys the best life as his ‘parents’ feed him Starbucks, spaghetti

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Replacing Busted Cabin Lights

Cabin lights not only illuminate the inside of your cabin, it also alerts you of an open door (when set to auto, the lights dim only when all doors are closed). To replace a busted bulb, simply pull the cabin light assembly by applying slight pressure on the appropriate tabs. No tools are needed to remove the cabin light assembly, but it can be very difficult to remove if done incorrectly. The front and rear cabin lights can be removed following the same procedure.

To watch a video showing how to remove the cabin light assembly (front and rear) and replace a busted bulb, head directly to Replacing Cabin Light’s Light Bulb.

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Removing EcoSport’s Antenna

There may be several valid reasons why you would need to remove the stock antenna of an EcoSport: (1) the antenna has been damaged and needs replacement, (2) you plan on replacing it with a fancy non-stock antenna, (3) you have no need for it and plans on installing a shark’s fin instead (antennas can damage car covers, and car covers can damage antennas).

To watch a video on how to remove EcoSport’s stock antenna, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Antenna.

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Stock Antenna Modification
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Removing Bumper Scratches

Because of the unique surface characteristics of EcoSport’s plastic bumpers, the only way to completely remove scratches is by repainting it (any attempt to use a polishing agent will lead to more damage). Fortunately, light scratches on the bumper can be hidden effectively (concealed only) following an old trick: using a candle wax.

To watch a video on how to use a candle wax to conceal bumper scratches, head directly to Removing Bumper Scratches.

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Removing Paint Scratches
Fixing Paint Scratches with Nail Polish

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