Basically, this is a one-to-two post just for James Babb and Steve Miller-Miller. But there may be something here that’s of use to others. And it will also just give some update as to that we are REALLY DOING THIS! – really doing the “Feen The Homeless” charity (Donate HERE). I’m also putting the prices, with shipping. (I also have more little radios on the way via the slow boat from China, they haven’t arrived yet, they were 60 bucks for 20 of them.)
I’ve spent $351, plus $32.40 for the postage and to insure it all and send it all to James. (total: $383.40)
I’ve received $150 in donations for this, and spent $233.40 out of my pocket as of 2/11/16.
Here’s what’s in the box I’m sending James:
< Epoxy…..($4) To lock the channels on the radios. Should be done while listening to WHIV. Label says cure time is 5 minutes, but really should be at least an hour. Mix as needed (not all at once), stir very well with a stick or pencil or pen, goop on the channel wheel. Make sure it’s locked as well as possible on WHIV before gooping on, and make sure it doesn’t move the wheel gooping it on. Don’t get on your skin when wet, is toxic until it dries. I mix it on 3-thick of paper plates. Fumes aren’t as bad as airplane glue, but is better to do in a larger room than a smaller room. Make sure pets and kids won’t get at it as it dries.
When you go out to do the outreach, check the reception on a radio before giving it away, to make sure you’re not out of range. (The MP3 players can be given away out of range.) You should also show the recipient of each device how to actually use it.
< Cheapo radios. There are 25 of them. $117 total ($3.68 each, plus 1 dollar each for batteries). I’ve already epoxied them on FM. They need two AAA batteries (I’m sending batteries from Amazon directly to James.) FM radios work better with the antenna extended. (AM doesn’t, but we are disabling the AM on these.) So, antenna should be extended to tune, and to demonstrate to end owner.
These all need to all be epoxied to station. They have an earphone jack, but we don’t have enough earbuds, so just show them how to use it with speaker. All the radios with a speaker can be listened to by several people. The speakers are surprisingly loud and clear.
It may seem like “who needs to be shown how to use a radio?” but remember, some homeless folks are kinda damaged from drugs, alcohol, cops beating them, etc. Also, showing them how to use it, with the FEENS playing, will make great video. (It must be a time when WHIV is playing Feens when y’all go out.)
There are enough AAA batteries for these, and to give two extra batteries to 18 of the recipients.
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