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Magnetofunky is a laid back (and often explicit, you bet your ass...) weekly podzine of extremely eclectic music and progressive politics, with a focus on energy independence for the 99%, the people usually left out of discussions on going off the grid or generating electricity in an emergency. I'm seeking solutions to a simple scenario: how do you charge a battery AND keep your fridge running on day three of a blackout without a solar panel or a windmill?

As of episode 157, I have a working 100W model of a Battery Operated Self-Charging Power Plant. The device uses conventionally available power supply and battery charging components to simulate the process patented by Carlos F. Benitez 100 years ago. 200W and 1000W systems are also being projected.

Physically, I'm in the damn-near completely gentryfied and contentious (and constantly renovated) left coast oasis of art, culture, and social experiment called San Francisco. My current base of operations is in my Mission District sculpture/podcast studio, but metaphorically, I'm perched at the western end of Golden Gate Park near Sunset Beach, where the sunsets are wonderful and scientists, poets, artists and musicians come through and jam to the surf...

The Open Mic Stage accepts submissions of almost any genre from great bands and artists the world over, whether big name or indie, as long as I like the beat and flow.

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Magnetofunky No. 162 - May 25, 2020,    Duration: 32:04

Episode Transcript

Image: A Baker Bivy tent design using two tarps smaller than 12x12 feet...

"Hot Zone"

Master/Disaster - Doubleplus Alright

Tent Condo vs Bivy

Image: For a couple days after doing the show I played around with the 'Baker Bivy' designs. You can go from three pairs of tent poles to no poles, just guy lines and stakes. Six poles allows a small Baker-style rocket stove campfire...    Image: An example of uncut tarps using only two poles, placed between the rear 'vestibule' and the sleeping space, with back, sides and front staked and guyed down. A pair of two or three ft. poles placed at four feet provides more encolsed headroom in the 12 x 14 bivy; a 10 x 12 rain tarp works as well as it would be more openly staked...    Image: Detail, handlebar sling standoffs... Image: The standoffs clear 2.75 inchesfrom the bar, enough to move the sling body off the brake and shifting levers, though it still rests against the cables...   

Open Mic Stage: Bay Area Blitzpop...

Pillowhugger - Doubleplus Alright    Voices - TREZ MACHINE   

Testing, Testing...

Mobile Control Panel...

Image: While shopping for the tarps, next up is the mobile power control panel. These cheap plastic dollar store tubs tend to crack and split easily, so I cut a piece of Plastruct to hold the actual components. This is the last piece from my ill-conceived powerbox project (I don't remember what I was gonna do with 600V DC strapped to my hip once the Ac part stopped working...)    Image: The dremel helped shape the toggle switch holes...
   Image: Access port for the controller cleared...   

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