Saturday, December 27, 2014


Heroes in general, and the heroes we need to defeat tyranny today, are average men and women who step-up to do a job that needs to be done.  We need men of Courage once more.  Average men willing to go into Harm's Way - for Liberty.


(Not this guy below....)

Friday, December 26, 2014

The 3D Printing End Goal

The end goal of the 3D printing revolution is complete individual empowerment to those who care to put in the effort.

The time is coming, more than likely within a few years, where a reliable 3D printing machine, will enable you to drink a soda, wash the empty bottle, and drop that empty bottle into a machine that will make it a more useful object.

Think of how this will change how you buy your stuff.  The things you use every day.

At present with this world the industrial revolution has brought us.  Man makes very very little of the food he eats, or things he uses every day.  Each American worker (and Euro,Japanese etc) is a hyper-specialized worker bee.  They work every day to earn fiat money which in turn they trade for their food, energy, and things they use.

Sounds good right?  Except that there are parasites in the system.  Taxes, fees, duties, all imposed when something is traded for another.

What if we eliminated the middleman? I know we can not do it 100% self reliant, but we surely can up the percentage.

Think about this:  If you design something, and make it, and you are the end user, there is no middleman, no transaction to be taxed or tracked, or controlled.

Within a generation, these machines will be making complicated electronics and full copies of themselves. If you take the time to learn now, you will be THAT GUY.

For example, here is a 3D printed CNC machine I designed.  It literally is a machine making another machine.

It is designed to be made with hardware store parts and a couple hundred dollars of electronics.

This revolution is not just in the stuff you use.  

It is the food you will eat, and even how you live. 

More on that later.

Below a few other things that are 3D printed.

Above vice clamp
Below sound amplifier attachment for Microsoft Surface Tablet

Above, belt buckle.  As is straight from the printer without post processing.
Below machine part. 3D printing time 45 min and 20 cents material.  

CNC machining time on 5 axis Haas machine is 8 hours and about $200 USD.

This part is extremely difficult to manufacture on a 3 axis manual milling machine. It would take eeks of time to make. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas morning and I'm 3D printing

Why? Cause I enjoy making stuff...

Above, knife project commissioned by local knife shop.  
Below, improved wood gasifier cook stove.  Add fuel, light and ready to cook in 60 seconds.

Below: 3D Printer I designed and make.

How to kill a computer or electronic device.

A taser or stun gun will kill electronic devices.  For example you can run a taser around a cars fuse panel to fry the computers. 

Obviously you need to get the current to go thru the circuits, so I should not have to explain basic electricity.

A desktop computer, just remove the cover, with the power cord disconnected and zap it.

Cell phones, televisions, tracking devices, most electronics with chips, if you can get the current from the stun gun into the circuits, you can fry the boards.

This would also make a excellent kill switch for a computer.  Install a micro switch that turns on when the case is open.  

Road flares+hard drives work well too.

Crowd Sourcing With Bitcoin. is a crowd funding project using bitcoins.

Unfortunately, it does not seem to be getting much funding at this time.  

Biggest successful campaign was 4.5 btc

Currently the front page of active campaigns shows only one campaign with any funding and that is a mere 0.1btc 

The issue could be several fold, from low quality projects posted, lack of good promotion by those seeking funding, and by the website operator.

Need help setting up a little project.

What is the procedure to set up a wifi router so that it does the following only.

1 the router is not connected to the net
2 the router redirects all web page requests to a server hosted on the local network. Aka the local ip address.

Using a couple high gain antennas, my idea is to be able to enable people to connect via an open wifi network with their smart phone and the browser will automatically go to a local site hosted on a cheap raspberry pi or old desktop computer running a server.

This would be used mainly to stream video, enable chat with other users on the network and exchange files, view we pages etc.

A private intranet that would have a range of maybe a mile or 2 using one or a series of routers with a wave glide antenna pointed in the directions coverage is wanted.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Communicating by light

The above link is a description of a simple transmitter using a laser pointer.

There have been extensive experiments in the past by a amateur radio guy in Utah using incoherent light with a LED that had better results.  Apparently incoherent light has less distortion over longer distances than using a laser.  

I am unable to find the link to the site today however, if someone finds it put in the comments.

It is probably one of the simplest circuits you can make for a transceiver.  

Experiments in the US and Australia have achieved transmission distances in excess of 100 miles.  I found a YouTube video that demonstrated its use in Salt Lake city.  It is virtually indistinguishable from regular light and near impossible to intercept.

Add in packet radio type circuits and a modem, you have data transmission.

Further reading

Sentry Gun and it's capabilities

I'm putting these thoughts down in writing here, as I realize that not everybody outside my group has grokked the implications of the tools available to you.

Now there are not the magic bullets, nor are they the wunderkind weapons that Adolph obsessed over in ww2. These are tools, to be used or misused with a operator ultimately responsible for the results.

Regarding the sentry gun.  If you think about it, this system is a low cost version of what the other sides have spent huge money developing and electronics engineering students have been replicating for a few years.

If someone is worried that the Chinese will take advantage of these designs and make this, don't worry, they already have it and will sell you a version of it on alibaba as a auto tracking security camera.

This device is capable of tracking a moving target or multiple moving targets using visual light.  There is not much stealth tech that can counteract this.  Flares dont work, chaff, nothing.   There is not even a ECM pod that can be installed on a aircraft to counteract or at least detect it.  It is simple physics, and a little bit of software.

The implications of just this one thing is enormous.  The reason the US was winning militarily in Iraq is because our foes were basically stupid.  Clever, but stupid in the sense that they wasted their time studying Koranic BS instead of studying war. 

This next conflict however will be different in the sense that the main opponents against the forces of evil, are those whom have spent anywhere from 2-40 years inside the machine. There are not many secrets or technological means that can not be defeated or overcome if we get inside the other sides decision making loop.

Especially when the other side is run by bureaucrats.

Now think about the uses for this device.

You could use it to communicate by a nearly impossible to intercept or detect transmitter/receiver combo.  

Imagine this scenario.  You have a device that uses visual light to transmit and receive information.  To any observer it looks like an ordinary spotlight.  To align and stay aligned the transmitter/receiver, from say a  moving ship, you will need a device that functions exactly like the sentry gun.

Take a look at the YouTube videos here:

Personally I think the software is rather good.  Our developer was at this stage a year ago before we ran out of funding. The mechanicals of his design are quite low quality however.  

The commercial version of this device sold to police and military is 80,000 dollars.  

DIY will set you back 2k at the most. And that is taking into account someone not having a lot of technical skills in the first place.  If you got the maker skills, you could get it down to a couple hundred dollars your cost and your labor along with some used scrounged electronic parts.

The real key is getting a high quality camera with minimum distortion.

Now some people may retort after reading this: 'Well the military could use a EMP in a MRAP to fry it out'  

To those critics, I ask this:  The US military standards for EMP hardening are well known and published all over.  If there is a need for hardening, then it is not too hard to figure out how to add it in. 

Secondly jamming is a function of exponents.  A MRAP is capable of clearing a bubble around itself of at most a couple hundred feet.  In a convoy with a MRAP and  jamming pod, the Civillian vehicle that is 5-6th in line is getting a cell signal.  

There just is not enough electric power available to jam a visual tracking system or burn out its circuits from afar while on the move and where the target location  is unknown.

There are many other similar tracking systems available that do the same thing.  There even was one on Kickstarter a year ago that was even more advanced.

What I have described is a bargain version of this system below. 

It does have the auto tracking capabilities on it.

A billion dollars to deliver 6500 units to the USGOV

You could build 6500 units for 6 and a half million dollars using cheap hobby servos and around 20 million dollars using industrial servos and controllers.

Disruption anyone?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Crow (disambiguation).
M240 machine gun mounted in the Common Remotely Operated Weapon System.

The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS or CROWS II) is an American remote weapon station that provides the operator with the ability to acquire and engage targets while inside a vehicle, protected by its armor. It is designed to mount on a variety of vehicle platforms and supports the MK19 Grenade Machine Gun.50 Caliber M2 Machine GunM240B Machine Gun, andM249 Squad Automatic Weapon.

System overview

An RG-33 convoy with CROWS remote weapons stations attached.

The CROWS is composed of two parts: the mount which is fixed to the exterior of the vehicle and the control group.

The mount is capable of 360 degree rotation and −20 to +60 degree elevation and is gyro-stabilized. It is capable of mounting a variety of crew-served weapons, to include the M2 .50-cal Machine Gun, the Mk19 40-mm Automatic Grenade Machine Gun, theM240B 7.62 mm Machine Gun and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.[1] The sight package includes a daylight video camera, a thermal camera and an eye-safe laser rangefinder. It is also furnished with a fully integrated fire control system that provides ballistic correction.[2] The weight of the weapon station varies accordingly due to different armament modules: 74 kg (163 lb) light, 135 kg (298 lb) standard (including the naval version), and 172 kg (379 lb) for CROWS II.

The control group mounts inside the vehicle (behind the driver's seat on the Humvee). It includes a display, switches and joystick to provide full remote control of the weapon system. This enables the fighting crew to operate from inside armored combat vehicles, while still maintaining the ability to acquire and engage targets.[3]


The first RAVEN units as part of the first CROWS contract were fielded in 2004 in Iraq, employed by special forces, military police, infantry and transport units. So far, more than 200 units have been fielded.[4]

The XM153 CROWS II has been delivered in huge quantities and more than a thousand systems are fielded.[5] It has been employed on M1 Abrams main battle tanks, various versions of the HumveeBuffalo MRVsRG-31 NyalasRG-33s,the Army's M1126 Stryker APC, and was soon integrated into the MATVJERRVCaiman, and MaxxPro.[1]

By September 2013, the U.S. Army had over 8,000 CROWS systems in use. The new CROWS III incorporates a laser dazzlerto blind temporarily suspicious individuals rather than needing to open fire, additional cameras on the side and rear of the turret to expand situational awareness without rotating the turret, and an infrared laser pointer to paint objects at night. The larger version of CROWS is equipped with an FGM-148 Javelin missile launcher.[6]


The first supplier for the CROWS program was Recon Optical (BarringtonIL, USA) with their RAVEN SRWS product.[7]

After an open solicitation Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg, Norway and JohnstownPA, USA) won the CROWS II contract with a variant of their M151 PROTECTOR, which is also used on the Stryker M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicle.[8][9]KONGSBERG received a frame-contract of more than 1 billion USD for the delivery of up to 6,500 CROWS systems to the US Army and a first purchase order exceeding 300 million USD[10] As of October 2009, the framework contract has been almost completely converted to fixed contracts.[11] At the very end of 2009 the agreement was extended to include 10,349 systems[12]

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  1. Jump up to:a b Fuller, BG Peter N.; COL Douglas A. Tamilio (18 May 2010). "Project Manager Soldier Weapons Briefing for NDIA"PEO Soldier. United States Army. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  2. Jump up^ John Pike (19 November 2005). "XM101 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS)". Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  3. Jump up^ This story was written by Staff Sgt. Kristina Barrett. "CROWS gets Airmen out of the turret". Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  4. Jump up^ "Army Deploys CROWS". Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  5. Jump up^ By ddawson (5 March 2010). "CROWS Surge to Afghanistan Along with Troops". Retrieved27 May 2011.
  6. Jump up^ The Relentless Terminator -, 12 September 2013
  7. Jump up^ Recon/Optical Inc.: Crows[dead link]
  8. Jump up^ "". Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  9. Jump up^ "U.S. GAO – B-310436; B-310436.2, Recon Optical, Inc., December 27, 2007". Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  10. Jump up^ "Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace". Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  11. Jump up^ "". Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  12. Jump up^ "Increased scope of CROWS II framework agreement". 22 August 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2011.

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