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To stay in the text phase ... I received some Vallejo paints, and paint brush cleaner the paint is a set: " RAF colours coastal command 1939-45" Oeps, forgot, most of you lot write colour as color ... ;)

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I tried t start my HP laptop and it would not boot. not even to my bootable flash drive.  went to the geek squad and they said I might have trouble with my hard drive.  Now I wait with my back up laptop.  Not a happy camper.  this baby is slow and does not have the stuff I work with.  Because it is old.  But I will find out one way or the other in a few days.  

David B

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In Iowa (which is the last place I really bothered to know about, being in high school) each county has about 9 - 12 townships that are subdivisions of the polity.  They have more to do with assignment of addresses and where the snowplows run these days.  I grew up in the town of Washington, Washington Township, Washington County, Iowa.  Sort of ran out of interesting names, I guess.  :)

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I grew up in a place called Eastview in kentucky, still there, right next to where i grew up.  Just don't blink when you drive by you will miss it.

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   Well for the past few days I have been working at Nasa Goldstone. I work in telecommunications. Specifically Fiber/ Transport/ Radio. Prepping to upgrade their comm. systems. They are one of our customers. This is the MARS Site as they call it.(pictures)

   This is the dish that has been taking the pictures from this side of the world of the Jupiter Project we have been seeing on TV lately. Plus the supervisor let us hear recorded sounds of Jupiter while we were there. They will soon taking pic's of the aurora borealis on Jupiter. Just Awesome. There are only two other dishes this size in the world. In Spain and Australia. All 3 countries work to together on the Jupiter and other projects. All info is shipped to JPL in Pasadena, Ca. 

   It's pretty cool to be around these dishes. They have other dishes that have a cool history. They also have the site APOLLO, which monitored the Moon Project of the 60's and 70's. Plus just down the road is the Gemini Dish also named for what it monitored.

   The truck you see in the foreground is my work buddy and the truck at the front is our escort. We are not allowed to go anywhere without him. HAHA!.

 

 

 

   

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You won't get that one easily in a dishwasher!!! Imposing ... very much ... One wonders why that soucer won't fall over when you look at the size of that thing compared to the counter weight ...

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Very impressive.  Are you sure it's a listening dish?  I think I see a stormtrooper off to one side of the dish.....    ;)

Ok... I know it's not part of the DeathStar.  But that is some seriously impressive hardware.   Cool, that they let you listen to the sound of Jupiter.

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THANKS GUYS FOR THE LIKES....

 

 

The first pic is me standing close to the Mars dish.

The second pic explains the 3rd pic.

 

   It's Funny Mark , I was suppose to call you this week. Nasa Goldstone takes increditable pictures but has lousy cell service. Mostly none at all. Been working long hours out there this week. Then a 2 hour ride back to base.

 

 Week have a nice weekend, and I shall be back at Nasa next week having some fun.

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I had to do a bit of Googling, Mario... that place is out in the middle of nowhere.     I can see why there's crap cell service as they probably picked for being electronically quiet way back when.  Still looks to be that way.  :)

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I start to look like Sam (src). Last week was a seven day working week (actually an eight day considering the hours), this week will be six (got a day off), not modelling, but re-modelling software from my predecessor ... it's a nice break from DIY ;)

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This afternoon afternoon I was invited to go racing with my friend Jeff Moses at the pond in North Liberty IA.  There were other boats also and I had a lot of fun.  The ding to my ego was I always came in last. Trying to hold the wind just right.They said I was getting better with each run and were showing me how to 

catch the wind when I made my turns.  I wish I had a video camera to show the action.  A lot of fun and everyone was happy.  

I was able to shoot a video with my phone but the file is too big to upload.

I was tired but had fun.

David B

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This afternoon afternoon I was invited to go racing with my friend Jeff Moses at the pond in North Liberty IA. There were other boats also and I had a lot of fun. The ding to my ego was I always came in last. Trying to hold the wind just right.They said I was getting better with each run and were showing me how to

catch the wind when I made my turns. I wish I had a video camera to show the action. A lot of fun and everyone was happy.

I was able to shoot a video with my phone but the file is too big to upload.

I was tired but had fun.

David B

Sounds lovely, David

 

What a great way to spend the day; regardless of how many wins/losses you had, the key point is that you had a great time.

 

Can't ask for anything more!

 

All the best.

 

Patrick

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Trying to hold the wind just right.They said I was getting better with each run and were showing me how to 

catch the wind when I made my turns.  I wish I had a video camera to show the action.  A lot of fun and everyone was happy.  

I was able to shoot a video with my phone but the file is too big to upload.

I was tired but had fun.

David B

 

Great stuff, David B. 

Seems you're getting the same sort of fun that I get when I go out and fly my stunt kites!  Just catch the breeze right, and you're away!

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The pond is called Liberty Ctr Pond next to I389.  The boats are al standardized though one fellow brought one called a Nervana.

The CR-914 class is a strict one design radio controlled model yacht class. This model is now manufactured in America by Chesapeake Performance Models, www.rcyachts.com. The hull is made from ABS plastic and is molded with the deck attached. Each boat is identical so from the first boat out of the mold in 1994 to the newest one being delivered today they are all the same. The result is a class of boats with identical speed potential. The goal, as in any good one-design class, is to have the skipper's tuning, tactics, and boat handling abilities determine the outcome.

The "CR"stands for "Cup Racer" and comes from the fact that the boat is modeled after the America's Cup boats of years past. The CR-914 is 914 mm (36 inches) in length over all, 6 lb 4 oz displacement, with approximately 600 square inches of sail area. Tuning, tactics, and concentration are critical to racing success. These boats tune similar to a big boat although, during the race, class rules limit trim to sheets and rudder only. The CR-914 is a very responsive model that reacts quickly to the wind with bursts of acceleration up onto a plane down wind and turns on a dime. The boat's size allows the owner to travel with the boat fully rigged in a small car. The CR-914 is the EIMYC principle fleet, although we welcome other classes. The CR-914 is not the least expensive model yacht in its size class but is by far the best sailing. The kit is fully inclusive except for batteries and requires approximately 10-12 hours putting the kit together. Additionally, fully-built boats are available from the manufacturer.
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That was the best I could do at the moment.  A lot of fun and Jeff is trying to find me a boat of my own.  There is a pond bear my sisters place where I can practice and learn.  Plus the racing will help me get better control.  The only problem I had was being out there with no support for my spine and the fear of falling which would not do well for either my spine or bones.  But I can get a fold up chair with support to make things easier.  For those who do not see these yachts very often they are very well made and everyone has his favorite color.  

David B

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Cornwall Model Boats have a range of RC yachts.  No 36" models though - I think that must be an American race class.  The main RC racing class here in the UK seems to be the 1-metre class.

http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/Joysway-model-Yachts.html

The one that I lust after is the Joysway Focus II 1-Metre - about halfway down the web page.  I'm still looking to see if there would be a suitable area of water for sailing it around here.  There's actually a model RC boat club not far from where I live,  but they're very power-boat oriented and rather inward-looking, not much interested in helping a newcomer who would like to buy sail a model yacht.

David, what sort of range does the radio control have?  I have visions in my mind of sailing my expensive yacht just too far away for it to receive signals that would send it back to me!

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I have visions in my mind of sailing my expensive yacht just too far away for it to receive signals that would send it back to me!

Brian's ghost ship lurking .. ready to attack ;)

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From what I have seen it is pretty good.  I was able to control it all the way to the marker but lost my depth perception along with where the bow and the stern were to control it.  I was told that some of the guys would bring a set of binoculars to see where his boat was. :D  the range it depends on the radio you decide to get or use.  I was told that some would use a 4channel used by aircraft enthusiasts and that was overkill.  The range is basically the size of the pond.  What some did was tie a fishing line to the boat and then let it go as far as the wind would take it until they lost control and then measured the line.  What I like about the pond was you can get to the other side.  

David B

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Cornwall Model Boats have a range of RC yachts.  No 36" models though - I think that must be an American race class.  The main RC racing class here in the UK seems to be the 1-metre class.

 

http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/Joysway-model-Yachts.html

 

The one that I lust after is the Joysway Focus II 1-Metre - about halfway down the web page.  I'm still looking to see if there would be a suitable area of water for sailing it around here.  There's actually a model RC boat club not far from where I live,  but they're very power-boat oriented and rather inward-looking, not much interested in helping a newcomer who would like to buy sail a model yacht.

 

David, what sort of range does the radio control have?  I have visions in my mind of sailing my expensive yacht just too far away for it to receive signals that would send it back to me!

Hey Brian

 

Today's modern radio units can retain control beyond visual range. But never fear, you could always add FPV (first person view) and control that baby way-way out.

 

Regards

Craig

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This manufacturer of rc yachts, has a range of sizes.

The T37 just about 6cm shy of the One Meter class can be ordered as an T37X where the X stands for extended, to be one meter.

Will Lesh owner of the company has done something extraordinary when it comes to RC boats. 

 

Happy sailing!

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Brian,

For the range of Tx/Rx, go for the 2.4GHz band.

I always make a distance check on land, which means I have the system activated and moving away from my yacht.  I am starting checking at a distance of 40 meters, most of the times people are interested in the yacht so it is easy to have someone confirming the actions for the controls on the boat.

Never attach the Rx antenna to any carbon fibre, this will kill the signal.

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This afternoon I was invited to go racing with my friend Jeff Moses at the pond in North Liberty IA.  ...  I always came in last. Trying to hold the wind just right.They said I was getting better with each run and were showing me how to catch the wind when I made my turns. 

I was tired but had fun.

David B

 

Great stuff, David B. 

Seems you're getting the same sort of fun that I get when I go out and fly my stunt kites!  Just catch the breeze right, and you're away!

 

This afternoon I walked up to the cricket field and flew one of my bigger kites.  This one.

 

Thanks for reminding me about them DavidB!  It must be over a year since I last opened up my kite bag!  On a gusty day like today, a half-hour tussle with a kite like this can be equivalent to a gym workout.

(or so they tell me.  I've never actually been in a gymnasium, as the photo will probably tell you ....)

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Kites have come a long way since we were kids, making them ourselves with newspaper, home made glue, and spruce sticks.

I love your kite. It's a beauty and will bet it flies very well.

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