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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:41 am 
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I also replaced all my radio power connections with Anderson Power poles for easy, mess-less connections:

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We - the local ARES group - went to the municipal operations centre near the nuclear plant - the place where disaster coordination will occur from.

We replaced an antenna on the tower:

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Nice!

Is that an HF antenna coming from the left side of the tower?

What is that cord or rope streaming away from the climber?

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Yes that is an HF. The rope was used to pull the antenna up the tower. We took down an older HF that had snapped free and replaced the feed line too.

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Picked up a battery charger at HF, along with some cheapo tools to have extra sets for the kids. They're getting older and my son will need his own tool box pretty soon. I'll get him a better set later but for now we need something for his truck.

Took apart my wife's commuter car door to diagnose the 2nd blown fuse for the windows/locks. I've got a short to ground somewhere. Found some cracked sheathing but no broken wires in the bundle in the driver's side door. That might be the culprit - more testing needs to be done to be certain.

Diagnosed more on my son's truck. Trying to get the starter working again so I replaced the ignition starter solenoid, but it still barfs. Gotta check if the ignition actuator didn't get mounted in there properly and is moving with the actuator instead of actuating. Otherwise gotta check for shorts. Also trying to fix the lack of heater / AC but discovered the vacuum motor hose is toast so that's at least part of the issue.

Figuring out the electrical issue for my wife's car by watching videos on the power windows and locks is also helping me prepare for fixing the window & door lock motors for the truck.

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I have two small Powerfilm foldable solar panels rated at 5 watts each. I have always wanted to have a "Y" cable to join their outputs together. I finally received the 2 pin Delphi weatherproof connectors that I needed. I don't have all of the special tools that make assembly easy but I was able to fabricate the two cords using the tools and materials I have on hand.

folded dimensions 6" X 4.5" x 1.5", unfolded is 11.3" x 31.25"
Ultra lightweight - only 6 ounces

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I tested the open circuit max voltage and short circuit max current with the available sunlight. Each panel is manufacturer rates at 5 watts, 300 mA and 15.4 volts

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Test setup out on the lawn
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Max open circuit voltage
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Started down the path to be a computer programmer.

I'm sure it's going to be a long one.

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Ran an easy 4 miler

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There were a few buy one get one free products at my Publix today. So I got some should help some with my planning and prepping which is what I am focusing on. The majority of it is freezable so I'm going to crank up my food saver tonight.

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This week:
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ordered more LTS food, and need to cycle out my and my sisters gas storage.

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I got a battery charger for my car. I had a dead battery a few days earlier and had to impose on family to deal with it, so now I will have a proper charger for he occasional times that my battery gets drained.

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Bought 50' of nylon rope at the farm store, practiced using my distillery, and cooked outside on the comal.

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I just finished a two-day mock bug-in.

Very interesting.

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full story here http://suntothenorth.blogspot.com/2017/01/mount-baldy-snow-hike.html


Some pix of a great Sunday ascent of the snowy slopes of Mount San Antonio.

Sharp pointy metal on my boots went a long way towards dealing with ice and crusty snow.

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The 1936 Ski Hut at 8300'

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Wind sculpted snow on boulders

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The red arrow on the right of this picture indicates an area where three climbers were injured by an avalanche. Not something that occurs often in our local mountains

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Thursday the 26th rescuers were called to the Mt. Baldy Bowl area about 12:15 PM for a reported avalanche that injured three men. That is a time of day when the sun has warmed the upper areas of the Baldy Bowl and primed the steep slopes for an avalanche of any heavy loads of snow.

Cody Ayala was hospitalized with broken ribs and Chris Chung was reported to have a broken arm. Louis Wojciechowski was released after getting stitches for a cut leg. Wojciechowski commented that the speeding wave of snow swept the three men in different directions and he was briefly buried. Authorities say the men slid about 1,000 feet down the face of the bowl where they were ascending. Ayala and Chung were hoisted to safety by a San Bernardino County sheriff’s helicopter.

Visibility was so good that it was easy to see all the way to Catalina Island. The snow transforms the look of the whole area.

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I had a great workout and even met someone who is on the current Mars robotic exploration team. It was fun to compare notes from my days on the project. I might try to go back to Mount Baldy in two weeks if I can.

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Hey Everyone:

I did a mock bug-in over the weekend. My report is in CP&P.

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MPMalloy wrote:
Hey Everyone:

I did a mock bug-in over the weekend. My report is in CP&P.


Yeah! I read that. Good log of the activities and how it you evaluated the preps that you used.

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