Sunday, September 3, 2017

T MInus 10 Days And Counting.....

Boy.....I'll be leaving Kommiefornia in ten days. Things are getting really REAL here!

Monday morning I'm picking up the little 4'x6' trailer again, and taking another full load to the eWaste / electronic recycling place. It pains me to dump perfectly good, usable, serviceable stuff, but I just can't take it all with me.

A couple of my friends came over to look through it, but they're not satellite or microwave guys, and one of them expected everything to be pristine, 100% functional, include the manuals and original shipping boxes, and be free-for-the-hauling.

Well....the equipment I have like that is NOT going to be given away! It's already packed up and waiting to be loaded on the trailer.

"In The Good Old Days", Hams were happy to take stuff that needed a bit of work and some cleaning, but was otherwise useable, and especially if it was FREE!

These days? Most of then have devolved into "appliance operators", very few people build anything more complex than station accessories, and unless the gear you have to offer is clean and fully functional, nobody wants it.

And as soon as the coffee kicks in this morning, I'm going to tear into the Jeep and do the brakes on all four corners.

I figured since I was putting new rotors and pads on the rear, I might as well do the front, so I picked up two new front rotors while I was at O'Reilly's. I decided to go with ceramic pads on the rear, along with matching pads for the front. These will hopefully last a good long time. I should probably replace the rear shocks, as they're just starting to get a bit "bouncy", but that can wait. I'll do the front and rear shocks once we're in Colorado...


  1. You'll need a big shop in CO. Something like a quonset hut always works well and snow isn't an issue. The antenna farm sprouting for it will look natural.

    1. Huh....thought this wasn't going to post until Sunday morning....

      It'll most likely wind up being a frame construction with siding. I looked into steel buildings, and while they'll last 100 years, that comes with a pretty high price.

      The DIL's father says that whatever type of construction I use, getting the pad formed and poured will be the most significant expense.

      I'd like to build a 25x40, but that might be a bit too rich for my blood. Maybe 25x30, which would be enough for the car, workspace, and an "office" along one side.

      I'm sure there are various plans online, but I haven't looked for any yet....

  2. For years I had a pair of inexpensive coil springs (helper springs) I could install in a few minutes. Made all the difference in load carrying and towing a loaded trailer.

    May not work on your Jeep. I've always had pickups of one kind or another.


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