Very busy with work recently but I did manage a hol last week in sunny Wales. Managed a ride on the WHR visited the Red Kite Centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian and even some fast jet action at the Mach Loop
Really enjoyed the time – we were in a lodge at Belan Bach which was great and had a hot tub! Took a few photos whilst there…some are below
Picked up one of these in Blue today and I’m super pleased. Contains a 6000m/ah battery and a 1.2W solar panel plus a handy flashlight it’s also waterproof and tough. Covered in a nice non-slip covering it features a micro-usb input to accept a charging cable and 2 standard USB-A ports with 1A outputs. This is enough to charge my Galaxy Note 3 nicely, and although I guess it would be at least 12 hours to charge by sun alone a couple of hours by USB should do the job. It comes complete with a carabiner to attach it to your bag or whatever and a short USB-A to micro-USB-B lead and an Apple 30-pin adapter. Available from approx £25 in the UK I reckon they’re worth a punt!
Finally got round to building a HTPC for Sian and installing Kodi!
Very pleased with the results, I went for an AMD AM1 based system – it’s quiet and low power and manages 1080p easily 😉 The case is an Antec Veris Fusion which comes with a display and remote and is also great! Very pleased so far
Went along to The Victory Show which is held at Cosby over the weekend. It’s a great show with tanks, guns, planes and much much more! Weather was beautiful (sunburnt!) and the displays were great – just a shame as XH558 decided to go tech with an undercarriage fault the day before….
I see a whole load of common problems coming up with Pumas and here are a few of them answered for you…
1: Headlights poor!
This is quite a simple one, the Puma has early type projector style headlights. To make sure they’re bright you need to keep the outer covers clean. Either manually polish them with something like metal polish, or machine polish them! There are kits available that will help you but cleaning the outside makes a huge difference. Also if you take the outer covers off you can polish up the glass lenses inside as well and this makes a difference too. Uprated bulbs can also make a huge difference with the 2 best ones I’ve seen being MTEC and OSRAM Nightbreakers. At about £15 a pair (you need HB3’s) they make a great difference. The sidelights are also pretty poor so buying adecent set of T5 CANBUS friendly LED’s can help (the canbus friendly ones last far longer than the non-canbus ones in my experience)
2: Heater stuck on hot or cold!
This is nearly always a faulty Heater Control Valve (HCV for short) which is located in the engine bay at the rear with 2 pipes going to it. Please don’t try an ebay special or a cheap one as they tend to fail within 6 months. Approx. £50 from Ford for a new one
3: Water in boot after rain!
Design fault straight from Ford I’m afraid – open the boot slowly
4: Knocking from rear suspension
Can be many things but first port of call is rear axle bushes. Can be a pain to fit and again get Puma specific bushes not Ka/Fiesta ones as they’re tougher. Cheap bushes again will last about 6 months…
5: Why won’t my aftermarket stereo fit in?
Probably because the standard Ford one is 1.5 din not a double-din. You can get a facia adapter and use a single din if you wish though…
Right that’s 5 answered… I might post a few more when I think of them
Went along to another Awakenings gig last Saturday! Always good to go to these small gigs and I love meeting up with the guys and having a gear peep!
First up was Concept Devices which is Martyn Greenwood. He had a small and compact rig and produced a well crafted and well paced short set. It was well received but just a small shame that the lights were not great due to illness!
Next up was Bouvetoya all the way from Ireleand. Great set with some nice gear and an interesting video too to boot! Enjoyed his set greatly, will investigate more as soon as I get chance…
Finally the headliners were Binar who is Paul Nagle and Andy Pickford. Real quality improvised set with some great sequences and playing. Fantastic set, and even an encore! Left feeling satisfied and the long(ish) trip home!
If you can get to see some Ambient gigs this year, please give thought to attending Awakenings! The price is reasonable (£15) and you get to keep the mp3’s or FLAC’s of the gig too to listen to for ever! Great job guys next one is September!!!