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Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 28, 2013 @ 09:19 AM | 5,830 Views
how do you answer to that question, especially if you are back from the field, and not everything went right?
usually, you answer: 'fine, thank you. and you?' (the normal exchange of lies). or 'not too bad'.

now, if you are not feeling so good, or something is wrong, and you don't want to lie, or start talking about your misery-that nobody wants to hear-why not give a better answer?
for instance:
#1.-if things are not so bad, you can say: 'am doing the best i can'. this way you are not lying, but don't want to talk about it, and have a positive attitude.
#2.-if you look 'under the weather', or things have gone bad, then: 'i have seen better days'.
(i got these 2 from movies, and use them all the time).

and above all, smile. most of the time it could be worse.
Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 23, 2013 @ 03:43 PM | 6,600 Views
for those who, like me, have the choice to fly alone or with others, it has its great advantages.
1st of all, there is less stress. no worries about collisions. you don't have to keep an eye on others, or to have a spotter (some1 near you watching for others flights-that is, if there is some1 available). no need to ask for favors-and then to watch for others.
that's a great feeling of freedom, too.
besides, you don't have to push yourself to do all just right, or not make mistakes, as some1 is watching. you know, when you are alone, as you are relaxed, most likely all goes fine, but if there is some1 you feel watched and is more likely that you will do something wrong.
also, in my case, i fly alone because i fly at dawn, and no 1 is an early bird.
all my life i had that thing of waking at 4 and watching the light begin to show all the colors of dawn and sunrise. then at the field we have the chance to fly electrics early, as they don't make noise-or almost-and as there is a farm nearby, there is a deal with the farmer not to awake them with the noise of engines.
and that's another reason why i got into electrics, too.
and you don't have to face some1 telling you what to do with your plane, too.
but then again, you can't get advice when you need it, or if you forget something.
but at the end of the day, i trade this for peace of mind.
and the fields around are so nice, all green and beautiful, so quiet...occasionally a car passes by the nearby road, that's all.
there is some wildlife, like geese, gulls, hawks, buzzards, swallows, all kinds of birds,and now and then a deer. but they don't bother you.
well, except that recently some birds chase my sailplanes when landing, as they have nests to guard.
and, as i have been a loner all my life,i enjoy my freedom.
Saint Bernadette said: 'solitude is the happiest privilege'.
Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 20, 2013 @ 06:56 PM | 6,583 Views
i was introduced to telemetry with the quanum from hobby king. as basically i need to know the voltage of the battery in the airplane, it fulfills my requirements.
then i became curious about getting altitude changes to detect thermals, and learned that frsky has some products (variometers) that could get me this, so i ordered some components.
so far, i have been getting great advice from some experts, but am terribly disappointed, as it has been a painful experience, as the data available from the manufacturer lacks many vital information and details to get the results i need. i was not prepared to face the fact that the user has to be an expert in computers and specifically the products of frsky. i think that at the beginning of the thread (and in the manuals of the products) should be mentioned that you have to have something like a masters degree in comps and frsky telemetry to get into this.
i was used to get manuals that, even if not complete in all details, the user can get the plane to the air.
perhaps as i grew up in the environment of full size aviation, and learned to fly an airplane before driving a car, i got used to follow exactly the log in all details, and understand everything in it and check twice all, and later worked at the engineering department of a major airline where i had, among other duties, the responsibility of the service manuals, where everything has to be written precisely and exactly, that i got used to exact instructions.
i am not...Continue Reading
Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 20, 2013 @ 12:10 PM | 5,828 Views
i have been using the quanum systematically (2 sets) to keep track of the charge available in the airplane in several of my sailplanes, and these are the conclusions i have reached:
1 of them ran uneventfully for some time. no problems. after initial binding, every time just plugged the tx in the plane's charging plug of the pack (no pushing the bind button), then turned the screen on and away she went. i got readings of all the cells, and the alarms went off as scheduled.
but lately i need to press and hold the bind button on the rx before i plug it to the pack, and also to press both buttons of the screen at start, otherwise does not connect to the tx. otherwise all is ok.
with the 2nd 1 i began to get warnings of 'no signal' and the screen went blank for several seconds, then the figures reappeared. i was using the small antenna, and replaced it with the stock, keep the cell fully charged, and this has not happened so far. with this set i have to bind it every time i use it, just as i detailed in the previous paragraph. i don't know if this is happening only to my 2 sets, or also to some other modelers. i would like to hear from any1 who purchased 1 and is using it how is he doing.
in my opinion, it is a remarkable system, that provides a safeguard against packs going too low and then crashing or loosing the model, for a reasonable price and ease of operation-even with the drawbacks mentioned before. installing and using it requires no previous knowledge and the...Continue Reading
Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 02, 2013 @ 05:42 AM | 5,808 Views
i am of germanic descend, from the germanic tribes that settled at the northwest of spain-therefore my appearance and name.
in mexico i married a woman of spanish/mexican descend and raised a family.
we migrated to canada with our children.
our daughter married a guy from chile and raised a family.
our youngest son married an italian girl and adopted a chinese girl.

a typical north american family.
Posted by phil alvirez | Jun 01, 2013 @ 03:17 PM | 5,794 Views
ok guys, from all that i read here, 2 cells are better for the 9xr, as there is less heath to dissipate, and as i have some 2x1000's and some parts, i decided to give it a try. these are the details:
i happened to have some connectors (the white plastic pieces) for 2 and 3 cells connectors that match the 1s at the 9xr, so i removed the 3 pins from the 2 cells battery and plugged them in the receptacle of a 3 cells connector, so now it fits into the radio. the black wire goes to the bottom, the blue to the 2nd, the 3rd is blank, and the 4th takes the red. that's the way i understand it should go. i don't remember where i got the parts, but there is an option: removing the pins from a 3 cells battery and using the receptacle to plug in the 3 pins from the 2 cells.
it may be other ways to do this, but this was the easiest for me.
i hope we hear comments from those who have done this.
still, you have to use a large capacity pack to stay charged long enough.
i tried a 1000 but does not last very long before the alarm goes off.