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Staying Warm in a Snowstorm….well almost a snow storm

01 Feb

The tough part about living is Dallas during a snow or ice storm is not the weather. This morning when I got up it was 23 F . It has progressively gone down and now the thermometer stands at 19 F in mid morning. This is nothing for most parts of North America, but it just does not happen often enough here to allow any proficiency with driving skills to develop. The infrequency of these events coupled with “Cowboy” drivers who populate oversize pickup trucks driven by immature young adults hurtling down icy streets at breakneck speeds are the real danger. This morning we had an ice event followed by a snow event and now its cold enough to keep it frozen for about four days. The DFW airport was closed until a few minutes ago and I suppose there were a lot of Superbowl travelers that sought alternative routes during the several hours of airport outages. However, the airport just opened again just a few minutes ago (9:30 AM).

My only weather concern is the antenna. I made it from aluminum tubing and made a large design blunder. In an effort to keep it “invisible” I chose small diameter aluminum tubing and this tubing is prone to bow a great deal. This flexure, along with any ice loading may spell disaster for my Hamming activities. Ill not make that design mistake again! Fingers crossed.

No Ice Yet!

All things considered, not a bad day to listen to the bands, drink a little coffee and try to spread some seed for my feathered friends. Enjoy your day and ….

Thanks for reading my Blog. Best, Chas W5PG

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4 Comments

Posted by on February 1, 2011 in Radio, Stuff

 

4 responses to “Staying Warm in a Snowstorm….well almost a snow storm

  1. Paul PC4T

    February 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Chas, nasty weather over there. Well, keep your feet warm, stay inside, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your antenna. 73 Paul

     
    • w5pg

      February 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Hey Paul! Nice to hear from you again….hope all is well with you and your part of the world! HNY and all that stuff. C U on the bands soon! Best, Chas

       
  2. Mike

    February 3, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Good evening Chas, we too were spared the big storm….supposed to get 45cm’s of snow and turned out to only be about 15cm’s or so. Oh well booked the day off work and had a nice time at home with the XYL and the radios.

     
    • w5pg

      February 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Hey Mike, thanks! You probably are much better acclimatized to this sort of thing than we are….I seem to recall two or three of these sorts of events in 21 years in Dallas. I ambeginningto appreciate our summers more now!

      Best, Chas

       

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