Welcome to Alan Biocca Engineering. Our most popular products are Pneumatic Antenna Launchers and Triple Ratio Baluns. We offer Assembled and Kit Launchers, components and Free Plans as well as Balun Kits.
The Rubbermaid 10 Gallon “Roughneck” Totes are again available, thanks to Lowe’s hardware. The CSV19 was designed to fit in this tote, so of course they were discontinued – but Lowe’s has exclusively brought them back, and the cost is reasonable. If they are not in stock, Lowe’s can order them for you. Link. Thanks to Barry K6ST for this research. We have a few here but they are bulky and expensive to ship, so finding them locally is good.
We had a nice shake here from the 5.6 quake near San Jose. We’re a bit North of that, it was not strong but it lasted quite a while. No damage here that we know of.
We have found a new supplier for SDR21, hopefully we will have more in a few days. This PVC will be white, and if it is in good shape we won’t need to paint it.
Pacificon was fun, and we had a stuffed room for the presentation. We had a lot of good comments from the presentation, and a lot of visitors at the Buddipole booth where Chris Drummond graciously gave me some space.
The order backlog is growing, and this weekend we’re going to work on preparing a bunch of orders for shipment.
We are working on another batch of barrel material, but in the meantime we picked up some of the thicker Schedule 40 barrel material and put it on the website. This thicker pipe works fine, especially with well-worn used tennis balls, or Walmart Fun Balls which tend to be a bit smaller. If you want to change barrels later just friction-fit the barrel or use a little tape, or a couple of small screws to hold it on.
We are working on a strut to provide support for the trigger. It is not ready yet but looks very promising. It is best to avoid glueing the trigger to retain flexibility for service, and this strut may be the best long term solution to that issue.