Sunday, September 29, 2019

Busy Weekend

Besides going up to Harriman Crossing, Wyoming with my friend Well Seasoned Fool to see UP 4014 on Friday, I've been bouncing around doing a bunch of other things.

I uploaded the video I took to YouTube, but can't figure out how to embed it her!


Just do a YouTube search for "UP 4014 Big Boy At Harriman Crossing", and all five I posted should turn up. (Just fixed the above link. It now takes you to all five videos)...

Hmm...let's see if this works....

On Sunday from 1600 to 1700 MDST I'll be operating the 30 Meter Digital Mode station at the special event for the 100th year of WWV operation.

I also loaned the group putting it on a couple of 35 Amp Astron power supplies with the cables and RigRunner DC distribution panels to help them out a bit.

I'll take my camera and get there extra early for my shift so I can get the idea where things are, and who's who.

And ordered some spare and maintenance parts for the RC car. I'm also going to mount my GoPro to it, and drive it around the neighborhood. Should be a hoot!

Have a blessed Sunday!


  1. Union Pacific Big Boy.
    That is simply awesome.
    We stood next to the one in Steamtown and only then do you realize just how huge they are.

    1. And don't forget the fuel and water tenders she's pulling.....

  2. Mounting GoPro on radio controlled race cars, several ways to do it:

    Way one: bungee cords, they work very well for these applications, if you are not very handy.

    Way two: duct tape (or as they call it in the army, 100 mph tape), and once solidly taped in place, the finishing phrase is 'there you go; good enough for government work. Again, typically done in this manner if your man skills are lacking.
    Way three: other half assed mechanical methods such as chicken wire, clothesline, cable ties, maybe coat hangars...I have more of these, just ask. This way is also typical of a guy who doesn't have the sense to pour piss out of a boot (with directions on the heel)...

    Way four: glue, although disassembly after you have shot enough film is problematic. Some man skills involved here.

    Way five: drilled and bolted mechanical fasteners through the base of the Go-Pro and into the roof of the car. Downside is visible holes in car upon disassembly. Also requires man skills.

    Way six: pay somebody else to do it. Should you opt for this way, your man card will be invalidated, you will no longer have access to the man club secret word, and the man secret handshake will be changed so that all men have knowledge of the new handshake except you.

    Lots of ways to skin a cat, Doc.

    1. Already ordered a 3D printed camera mount. They're inexpensive, lightweight, and "Readily Adaptable".

      Since the top of the little car's body is getting banged up and scraped up from hitting stuff, rolling over, and doing numerous end-over-end tumbles, I'm going to cut a hole in the top so the camera and mount can be attached to the structure under the body.

      The bodies are quite flimsy, and are considered "maintenance items" or "disposable".

    2. Nope. Sorry, Fredd, they weigh too much!....:-)

  3. She's beautiful and I can just see a former engineer looking at her and saying, "She never looked THAT good when I drove her!" :-)

    1. I think they spent something like six million bucks rebuilding her.

      The paint job would do a show car justice!

  4. We seem to cause camera malfunctions in each other's company. Good that they had a planned stop there for 15 minutes.

    1. Yeah, I got the camera set back to the "One Button" operating mode, but you have to hold the button down until the camera beeps, letting you know it's running, and I guess I didn't hold the button down long enough to get it going when we first heard 4014 coming up the grade to the crossing.


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