Leisure time

40 hp Cyuna good for 10,000ft.  Summer day 95 degrees on the ground 55 degrees at 10,000ft. Shut it down and glide for hours

View from the tower

Spent more time enjoying the view than on the air. A hammock between two top guy wires, a cold one, and a good book.

Build in progress


I just received the the following commentary which I believe is of paramount importance the people of this great country. 

This maybe the best and most honest political promotion statement you will ever read.  It decidedly does not brush objections aside.  


You hate Biden?  READ it.  You hate Trump?  READ it.  You think there's no choice?  READ it.  And, read it with your grown-up hat on.  
We've all been dealt huge responsibility with this election.  The first step toward accepting responsibility is accepting it,and the first step toward accepting it is recognizing it.  

READ THIS.  Read every single word.  It'll takeyou about three minutes.  Be sure to read to the end (take a few minutes and read all of it!)

Are you sickened and despondent with the current campaign and upcoming presidential election?
I consider myself a conservative and do truly believe our country is at a political/economic/moral/ social crossroads. I need to let you know I could/would never vote for Joe Biden to lead this country.  To me, he represents everything that is wrong with our current political structure.  On the flip side, I look and listen to Donald Trump and Icringe at every rude, insulting comment he makes.
If you find yourself in a similar state of mind, please read the following article:


A Message For Christians About Donald Trump


Here'sa famous joke about God and how he talks to us.
"A deeply faithful Christian man is stuck on roof at home with massive flooding up to the 2nd floor. Rowboat comes. He says "No, I'm waiting forGod. I prayed and I know he's coming."  2nd Rowboat. "No, I'm waiting for God." 3rd Rowboat. "No, I'm waiting for God."
Water rises. The man drowns. Now he's meeting God in heaven. The religious man  says, "Where were you God? I prayed. I was faithful. I asked you to save me. Why would you abandon me?"
God says, "Hey, I sent you 3 rowboats."


Didyou ever consider Trump is our rowboat?


Maybe God is trying to tell us something important--that now is not the time for a"nice Christian guy" or a "gentleman" or a typical Republican powder puff. Maybe now is the time for a natural born killer, a ruthless fighter, a warrior. Because right about now we need a miracle, or America is finished. Maybe the rules of gentlemen don't apply here. Maybe a gentleman  and "all-around nice Christian" would lead us to slaughter.


Or do you want another Mitt Romney, Bob Dole, John McCain, Gerald Ford or Paul Ryan? Did any of them win? Did they lead the GOP to "the promisedland?" Did they change the direction of America ? No, because if you don't  win, you have no say.
Paul Ryan couldn't even deliver his own state, Wisconsin!  Nice, but obedient. I mean Paul Ryan...not my dog. My dog is actually a pretty good defender and loyal.


Maybe God is knocking on your door loudly, but you're not listening. Maybe God understands we need a "war leader" at this moment in time. Maybe God understands if we don't win this election, America is dead. It's over. The greatest nation in world history will be gone. Finished. Kaput. Adios.


And with one last breath, maybe what we need to save us at the last second, is someone different. Someone you haven't ever experienced before-- because you weren't raised in rough and tumble New York where nothing good gets accomplished unless you're combative, aggressive, outrageous, on offense at all times, and maybe just a tad arrogant too.
Someone with a personality you've never seen on stage at your church. Maybe, just maybe, being a nice gentlemanly Christian would not beat Biden and his billion dollars, and his best friends in the media who will unleash the dogs of hell upon the GOP nominee.
I guess you think God is only nice and gentlemanly. Really? Then you've missed the whole point of the Bible. When necessary, God is pretty tough. When necessary, God strikes with pain, death and destruction. When necessary, God inflicts vengeance.
Maybe you think God couldn't possibly be associated with someone like Trump. Trump is too vicious, rude and crude.


When we won WWII, was God "nice?" Were we gentlemanly when defeating Hitler? Were we gentlemanly when firebombing Germany? Were we gentlemanly when dropping atomic bombs on Japan?  Is God ever "nice" on the battlefield? Or does he send us vicious SOB's like General George S. Patton so the good guys can defeat evil?
It's pretty clear to me God sends unique people to be "war leaders."That's a different role than a pastor or church leader. God understands that.


And maybe it's time to re-define "nice." Maybe Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren't nice at all--because they led us to defeat. And losing again would meanthe end of America . And God can't allow that. Maybe Romney and Ryan mean well,but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Or maybe they're just jealous they had their chance and blew it. Maybe they'd rather help elect Bidenthan allow a Trump victory that would make them look weak, feckless and incompetent.


"Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up withwings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint." (Isiah 40:30-31)
God is about miracles. We don't need a "nice guy" or a"gentleman" right now It's the 4th quarter and we're losing 14-0. We need a miracle.
So let me repeat my message to Christians: "YOU'RE MISSING THE BOAT."
I believe Trump is our miracle. I believe Trump is our rowboat. Except he's more like a battleship!


No one is saying Trump is perfect. No one is saying Trump is a perfect conservative. But he is a patriot He is a warrior. He is a capitalist. He is the right man, at the right time.  Yes, he's a bit rude and crude and offensive. But that may make him the perfect warrior to save America , American exceptionalism, capitalism and Judeo-Christian values. The choice should be easy for Christians.
It's Trump...or it's the end of the American dream.


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This site will address all aspects of the Hallicrafters SR-2000, SR-400, SR-400A. 


Beginning with the SR-150 and ending with SR-400A, the heterodyne scheme used was the same; 1st I.F. 6.5Mc and second I.F. 1.65Mc. We will focus on the SR-2000 with linkage to the common design attributes of the SR-400 and SR-400A and finish the site content with the unique differences and design review of all three transceivers.   


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A good deal of this information was internal correspondence never printed by Hallicrafters for public use and the post production changes were developed using as much of the Hallicrafters mind set as possible and regression tested here: thus retaining the essence of the Hallicrafters character.  Some of these post production changes were recommendations sent to Hallicrafter to mitigate problems that surfaced during and after pre-production testing.  


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