Kevin Ferguson's Home
This page has some information on my hobbies.... mostly about some of
things I have built.
Last updated 13 May 2001...Added ham radio article
Getting rid of that "underwater"
from the K2 CW filters
Is it Better to receive CW at higher or lower
Machine Shop :
Depth stop for a Jet-16 Drill/Mill
Quick-change tool post for the
An Improvement I made to the
Tuf-Country axle pivot brackets
I bought for my F-250 Includes drawings.
Flying: I am a Sailplane owner/pilot. (a Grob Astir-CS, contest # 1U) I
also flew hang gliders for several years, but don't seem to find the time
to do much of that nowadays.
Radio/Electronics I am a Ham. (KOÆ B)
Not very active, though you might find me on 40M CW sometime. I find I
like building radios much more than using them. I also work as an electrical
engineer, and so find it is hard to have fun doing the same thing as earns
my living. Still, I find many of my projects are enhanced by some electronic
widget or other.
Metal working. If you read any of the older do-it-yourself books, they
seem to assume that most everyone has a lathe. I've got two (One running,
the other a restoration project) and don't know how I ever got by without
one. While metalworking is used to support other hobbies, it is a hobby
in it's own right. There is something really satisfying about using a tool
you have made yourself.
Telescope making: A few years ago I got the bug to build a telescope. Here
is what happens when you drop a nicely figured 8" mirror. (photo)
One day, I hope to get back on that horse. I think I could make a planetary
reflector that would put APOs to shame.
Travel.......NOT! For a number of years I frequently had to travel
to Europe for work. Sometimes for months at a time. If I never spend another
second inside a commercial airliner, it will be fine with me. I do enjoy
It is often said that you can't learn anything just by reading about
it. True enough, but I find that reading is often the best place to start,
and then it is time to get my hands dirty. The web has been
a great help to me, as many of the things I am interested in are far enough
from mainstream that the market won't support the traditional publishing
models. There are, however, a few publishers around that cater to
wierdos like me. I admire their efforts, so here is some free advertising
Village Press Publisher of
"Home Shop Machinist", "Machinist's Workshop" and "Live Steam"
Willmann-Bell Publisher of numerous
books on telescope making, optics, and like such.
Lindsay Publications A fountain
of esoteric knowledge, from the mundane, to the truly fringe.