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.
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