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Posted by kenh3497 | Jan 16, 2015 @ 09:57 PM | 5,034 Views
Well we were finally was able to have a club meeting with enough members for a quorum. Club elections were to be held in November, but lack of members at the meetings pushed the elections back to January. Long story short the same officers are still in place. It's not that they are doing a bad job, its just I feel it is good to change the guard to keep the club fresh. We'll solder on and it won't be an issue. Our club is very laid back, maybe a bit to much????

So I'm still the prez and still trying to figure out how to do the job in an effective manner.

Posted by kenh3497 | Nov 30, 2014 @ 11:12 AM | 1,887 Views
My spouse of 35 years says to me this fall "You need to clean the garage". I says "Ya I know...."

So I start a couple weeks later and get all the big stuff organized and the garage looks pretty good. I was given six bolt bins from the local hardware store several years ago. Each bin has six drawers. I had filled all 36 drawers with "stuff" I knew I needed to sort as several of the bins had the same stuff in them. So away we go. When I got done throwing away, yes I said throwing away, and sorting I had emptied half of the drawers!

This gets me thinking I might do the same with my RC collection. I had one parts drawer that had my entire collection of screws and bolts all mixed together. I vowed to sort them at least into their respective sizes. Before this could happen I had to make a bunch of parts drawers empty. So off to the races again. I took my newly emptied bolt bins and started sorting stuff into them. I wound up purchasing a three deep drawer unit for larger stuff like engines, chargers and the like. Two, two shallow drawer units take care of sandpaper, battery shrink wrap, pack making supplies and the smaller stuff. I had four of the smaller drawer units used for all my small parts. I emptied two of those after throwing, yes I said throwing again, more stuff away. Of course some of the room came from consolidating several drawers into one. I hung up everything that is still in a package for easy viewing. I'm at...Continue Reading
Posted by kenh3497 | Oct 14, 2014 @ 08:35 PM | 2,310 Views
I just heard this song again. Haven't heard it in a long time. We all should do a little more of this.

Rare Earth - I Just Want To Celebrate 1971Remastered + Lyrics. (3 min 34 sec)

I just want to celebrate another day of livin'
I just want to celebrate another day of life
I put my faith in the people
But the people let me down
So I turned the other way
And I carry on, anyhow
That's why I'm telling you

I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah
I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah
Another day of living,
I just want to celebrate another day of life

Had my hand on the dollar bill
And the dollar bill blew away
But the sun is shining down on me
And it's here to stay
That's why I'm telling you

I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah
Another day of living, yeah
I just want to celebrate another day of living
I just want to celebrate another day of life

Don't let it all get you down,
Don't let it turn you around and around
And around and around

Well, I can't be bothered with sorrow
And I can't be bothered with hate, no, no
I'm using up my time by feeling fine, every day
That's why I'm telling you I just want to celebrate
Aw, yeah
I just want to celebrate yeah yeah
Another day of living, yeah yeah
I just want to celebrate another day of livin', yeah
I just want to celebrate another day of life

Don't let it all get you down, no, no
Don't let it turn you around and around,
And around and around, and around
Around round round
'round and around round round round
don't go 'round
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 30, 2014 @ 09:50 PM | 2,328 Views
I went to my local locksmith to have a couple of keys duplicated. I paid for my keys and was given my change. In the change i noticed a silver quarter. I thought "COOL" and said thanks for the silver quarter. The locksmith/owner asked if he could look at it, so I let him look. He put it in his pocket and took another quarter out of the register and gave it to me. I asked for my silver quarter back and he refused. I then "kind" of demanded it and he made some lame excuse. There was another customer in the store that witnessed this. I made a comment that if this is how trustworthy the lock smith is, do I really want to do business here. The other customer followed me out the door without completing his transaction. Never said a word to me.

Was I wrong with my comment I don't think so but then I'm a bit biased about the whole thing. The quarter doesn't mean a thing and it is worth what, 35 cents? So, the money thing is of no consequence. To me the smiths integrity is at question. I said on the way out I would never do business there again. That may be a problem as he is the only show in town for some of the odd stuff. There is a mobile smith in the next town but you can never catch him for the occasional key and he only does commercial stuff for the most part.

I guess I will live with the consequences.

Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 09, 2014 @ 04:17 PM | 3,256 Views
Hey... That could be a song

I've had the pleasure of being on the road the last three weeks or so. I've been in eight states, not counting my own and four of then twice. We work in teams of two so at least we can share the driving. Speaking of driving we cover anywhere from 500 to 900 miles a day

What sucks so much about this, is there are so many neat things to see but you can't stop 'cause you are on a tight schedule and it would be nice not to work past 8PM every night.

I guess the up side is, so far, never more than one night out at a time. We have been digging corn roots and checking for root worm damage and they have to be back ASAP for testing. Monsanto has contracted us to do this for them. The digging is done but now we start going back to those fields the tested over the limit and will start collecting the beetles that lay the eggs. Those get delivered to Monsanto so they can check the bugs for resistance to the genetic trait that is built into the corn to protect it from the rootworm.

Monday I head out to Illinois to the Springfield, Champaign, Bloomington and almost to Chicago. I think it might be cool to stop in Champagne and visit one of the hobby warehouses there just to see the spectacle But, no time to do that. On the up side the OT has kind of been nice even though it cuts into my playtime

Posted by kenh3497 | Jun 30, 2014 @ 07:18 PM | 3,546 Views
I'm posting this as I know not all RCG members are also AMA members. I feel it is imperative ALL modelers respond to protect our hobby.

Please read and respond ASAP. Thank you

EDIT: If you are not currently an AMA member please consider joining as your membership fees go towards fighting to keep us "safe" from just the things detailed below. As we all know this cost a tremendous amount of money. The more members the AMA has, the better they are able to fight the fight for us.

To view this email as a web page, go here.
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Posted by kenh3497 | May 19, 2014 @ 06:27 PM | 3,409 Views
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming "WOW, WHAT A RIDE!"
Posted by kenh3497 | May 10, 2014 @ 07:36 PM | 3,516 Views
Two firsts today. I flew my first RC flight of the year in the rain because I was going to get one flight in "no matter what" as it's about time

The second first, or is it the first second

I flew our sUAS over three different farm fields. The last flight got interrupted because of rain. Unlike our RC models the sUAS uses a pitot tube to measure airspeed. If ANY moisture gets in the tube the plane "sees" zero airspeed. This causes full power and if that doesn't work it gives down elevator to gain airspeed with predictable results

Here are a couple of links to the web sights.
We are flying the Vierio. It is all carbon fiber and kevlar. It uses many hobby grade components such as JR servos, folding prop, motor and ECS. The battery is housed in a "pod" that has cell balancing features built in. It is a LiPo battery of unknown capacity. The charger is a dumbed down Thunder Power TP610C. All it will do is charge. All other functions have been disabled. The charge rate starts out at about 5 amps so we can assume the battery capacity is in the 5000 milliamp range.

My longest flight today was 35 minutes and the HUD said I had about 40 minutes of flight time left... If you can believe the software After setting up the field to fly, the plane pretty much runs itself. From hand launch it climbs to it's...Continue Reading
Posted by kenh3497 | Feb 27, 2014 @ 09:31 PM | 2,961 Views
UAS is near to my heart. Not because I am a champion for them but because part of my income will be using one in my work place in the near future.

With that said I urge all of us to be on the lookout for legislation that can affect us all. NOT JUST from the FAA and our federal government but from a larger threat, our state governments. Many or our legislators do not have a clue about UAS or model aviation in general. A recent bill in the Iowa senate would effectively ban all model aviation in Iowa not to mention UAS operations. This senate bill was prompted by a senator that was concerned about a UAS "spying" on his daughters as they were sunbathing Well I guess I can see his concern but..... Efforts to contact him and be involved in the senate hearing were ignored by those that contacted him. I have this information in good faith from some of our AMA district representatives who did find out about the meeting and did attend. I was lucky and found the date for this meeting and forwarded the date to Rich Hansen at the AMA headquarters.

So with all the above rambling in black and white. Find out who your state legislators are and contact them proactively to help ALL of us out. It's better to stomp out a small fire than have to call the fire department to put out a house fire.

Posted by kenh3497 | Jan 11, 2014 @ 09:53 AM | 3,837 Views
The company I'm working for is getting closer to the purchase of a S UAS for flying over fields for the purpose of photographing crops. The unit they are looking at has its roots in the military and was used in the middle east for surveillance. It weighs in in at not quite 3 pounds, is a "flying wing" platform. It uses an electric motor for propulsion with a flying time of 60 minutes +. The camera is pretty amazing also.

The amazing part is the photos are good enough we can count the number of plants being grown in an acre. That is the software portion of the purchase. It uses "facial recognition" software to do this. Well at least a variation of that software. The future holds the promise of reading the "signature" the plant radiates as it is stressed by different disease, lack of water, bug infestations etc. Much of this is already well documented. The issue is just to make the software "see" the problem in the photos.

The goal for this year is to fly over about 100,000 acres of crop land. Right now we have about 20,000 acres verbley spoken for. We are told, flying 1000 acres a day is well within reach.

The next few years will be an exciting time.

Posted by kenh3497 | Oct 14, 2013 @ 07:00 AM | 4,604 Views
Well, today is a new day and a new chapter of my life. I start a new job today. My former employer decided to close the location I was working. I had the option of driving 60 miles one way to work at their other shop, but I declined. I guess if push came to shove and I couldn't find a job i would have on a temp basis.

Anyway.... The new job is working for a lab that analyses soil samples for farmers or who ever wants that done. they also will test plant tissue samples for nutrient uptake. I will be running their "new" machine which measures how well the soil will conduct electricity. I guess there is a direct relationship between soil conductivity and soil fertility. Who woulda thunk....


UPDATE 70 hours on the clock this week. Starting out with a bang I guess. I swear I missed a day someplace as it really seems like Friday although it is Saturday. Today was a short day at only 9 hours as I got rained out. I'm hitting the sack early tonight. Funny thing is I feel good, a bit tired, but feel good. I guess that's what hard work does to ya
Posted by kenh3497 | Oct 07, 2013 @ 08:57 AM | 4,519 Views
As the title says..... I think this marks the "official" start of the building season. The weather forecast, well one of them, says 61 degrees and 5 MPH winds. It should be tolerable with a sweatshirt. My significant other has a second job so she goes directly there from her primary job. This means I have to run home and let our pooch out to do her business then back to town for the meeting. Beings I'm the "prez" I supposed I should be there..... I'll leave my plane at home and just enjoy the evening. By the time I run home and back and grab a bite to eat, it will be meeting time anyway. Next weekend it is supposed to be better weather anyway.

So, with the building season here, I guess I best get to building

Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 30, 2013 @ 01:57 PM | 4,704 Views
My wife says "Clean out the garage today please" as she leaves for her second job yesterday. I agree it was getting a bit "messy"......

So I walk out and the first thing is the steps into the house. There have been numerous complaintses for about three years now. They were there when we moved there and they were just a "box" on the floor with a couple of layers of 2X's under to get them close to the right height. The were wobbly also. So.... I decided to make some new steps. Instead of two mismatched steps up I now have three steps and they don't wobble. I also made a step off to the side so those that need to use the wall for balance can do so. It will get a railing in time. That should make the MIL happy (MIL = Mother-in-Law) The wife comes home spits fire at the bigger mess I made but it's all made up for by the new steps.

Only 999,999 more honey doo's to do now
Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 27, 2013 @ 08:46 PM | 4,706 Views
I have to admit I'm a little uncomfortable posting this here but I feel if I don't I may miss out on changing somebodies life. Watch this video and if you see something that interests you, send me a PM please.
Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 20, 2013 @ 08:34 AM | 4,052 Views
As I was working on my Super Fli last night I was finishing up and was pouring the Tightbond back into the bottle from my dispensing cup. I dropped the lid to the bottle and watched it scoot under my work bench. When I looked under the bench it was nowhere to be found. I even used a flashlight for a better look. Didn't see the black hole either, so even that has disappeared. I robbed a lid off a Tightbond III bottle that was all but gone and dried up, so I'm back in business.

What is a guy to do about things like this
Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 18, 2013 @ 03:49 PM | 5,255 Views
Well, I found out today come October 31, I will be jobless. Unless, I want to drive 60 miles one way. This business has two locations and the next one is the said 60 miles. With winter coming on I'm not, well pretty sure, I won't be doing that. Of course if push comes to shove, I will take it while looking for something closer.

The good news is, I know my next job will be looking for a job.

Posted by kenh3497 | Sep 13, 2013 @ 09:45 AM | 5,132 Views
I'm starting to, well, really admiring, those who design things for a living. You need to think at least 100 steps ahead of where you currently are. An example is my current Super Fli project. "Had I been thinking ahead" I would have relilized that the first upright lasing behind the wing saddle was 3/16" to far back. Now you say what's the difference. Well, it is two feet and 3/16" back from the fire wall and a two foot piece of ply will not reach it. The ply is a doubler. If someody beside me wants to build this plane in the future it will be a frustrating point for them. I'll change the plans to suit.

I'm not really sure how to eleminate this problem except to go through every piece of the plan and make some measurments. In my simple mind, having some if the parts match standard lenths will ease the building process and lower the frustration level.
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 31, 2013 @ 07:09 PM | 5,627 Views
RC bearing is offering another free T-shirt with a $50 order
Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 31, 2013 @ 10:23 AM | 4,835 Views
Hot, Humid & Hazy... has been the rule for the last seven or eight days. The other night the dew point was 79 degrees. No flying at all, it's just to miserable Besides I needed to attend to my new "potential" plots of grass I put in the ground. Had we not had rain the nite of the planting I would have let it go until it cooled down then watered. (no moisture, no seed growth) But after the rain I HAD to keep the water going so the seed had a chance to make it.

Monday the club is going to try a "Labor Day fun fly". If it goes well we may make it an annual event. Next weekend is the annual float fly. I wanted all summer to build a set of floats for the event as I've never flow on floats. I guess next year is the goal now

Posted by kenh3497 | Aug 18, 2013 @ 07:50 PM | 5,101 Views
I went flying today with the goal of having one hour in the air. I've never used the timer function on my TX so I enabled it and timed each flight. I wound up with 62 minutes of time in the air. An hour doesn't like a lot of time but it took me most of the afternoon to get it. I did find out that a 10oz. tank will fly my Pulse XT40 with a YS53 for about 18 minutes with a little reserve. About half of the 18 minutes was at full throttle. That's a "long" time in the air. I was tuckered out after that and had to rest and BS for about 45 minutes to recover and continue my quest.

It was a good day at the field.