Delivery Captain Sails From Tampa To Orange Beach

Captain Bill, Captain Vicki, and the New Marina

LAUGHALOT arrived today in her new home in Alabama. Captain Bill and Captain Vicki sailed her up from her port in New Port Richey, Florida to a port here in Alabama where she will be much closer to us. We went down to meet with the Captains and give them a lift to the airport where they could pick up their car rental for their return trip.

We were a little nervous about having her delivered and I was more than a little jealous about not being able to bring her up here ourselves. She was in capable hands though and now she is here and all ours. We are very excited about having LAUGHALOT close by where we can visit more often and we love the gulf coast.

Now the fun/work begins…

Captain Bill and Captain-to-be Scott

Another Birthday Means I Made it To 41

Yummy!!

It’s official, I have crossed the threshold and am 41. The day was spent relaxing and doing pretty much whatever came up here at home. Scott baked a cake for me and it was stupendous!!  I was glad for some quiet time and not a lot of fanfare.  I don’t think we need to celebrate birthday’s after 40 do we?

My gift would have been an insult had I not actually asked for it. Now to rebound myself through my 40’s. The fat will probably successfully stay away, but I will probably sprain my ankle or break my leg instead. Stay tuned.

How does this thing work???

Installing a Ham Discone Radio Antenna on the Roof

Don't fall!!

This Saturday we installed what is to be the first of several radio antennas on the roof of our house. I climbed to the top of the roof and mounted the mast and antenna while Deb ran around on the ground fetching tools and lending moral support. After it was installed we went into attic to retrieve and feed the wiring from the antenna on the roof down the inside of the wall of his office and then out at the base of the wall by an electrical outlet. Hot doesn’t even begin to describe the temperature in the attic in the summer in Alabama.  It had to be something in the order of 130*F or more.

The hole saw’s that we own have been used for years and are quite lousy so after fighting with the hole drilling for a while we decided to bring out the big guns. I retrieved the new sledge hammer and it did the trick. Now the scanner is working great with the new antenna installed. It does look a bit sci-fi though.  This antenna is called a Ham Discone Radio antenna and I am going to be using it with his Radio Shack Pro-2052 (dual truncking) scanner until I get a 2-meter ham radio, probably an ICOM 2-meter radio.

Check out the view from up here.

Don’t fall!!

Installed

Can’t wait to see what configuration the next one has. Hopefully it will be a little cooler the next time we try this.  The heat was just incredible today and I probably lost 10 pounds just trying to feed the wires through the attic into my office.  This antenna can now be seen quite a ways off, maybe we can use it some day to put Christmas lights up with a star on top, you will be able to see it from Birmingham.

Installing a Ham Discone Radio Antenna on the Roof

Don't fall!!
This Saturday we installed what is to be the first of several radio antennas on the roof of our house. I climbed to the top of the roof and mounted the mast and antenna while Deb ran around on the ground fetching tools and lending moral support. After it was installed we went into attic to retrieve and feed the wiring from the antenna on the roof down the inside of the wall of his office and then out at the base of the wall by an electrical outlet. Hot doesn’t even begin to describe the temperature in the attic in the summer in Alabama.  It had to be something in the order of 130*F or more.

The hole saw’s that we own have been used for years and are quite lousy so after fighting with the hole drilling for a while we decided to bring out the big guns. I retrieved the new sledge hammer and it did the trick. Now the scanner is working great with the new antenna installed. It does look a bit sci-fi though.  This antenna is called a Ham Discone Radio antenna and I am going to be using it with his Radio Shack Pro-2052 (dual truncking) scanner until I get a 2-meter ham radio, probably an ICOM 2-meter radio.

Check out the view from up here.

Don’t fall!!

Installed

Can’t wait to see what configuration the next one has. Hopefully it will be a little cooler the next time we try this.  The heat was just incredible today and I probably lost 10 pounds just trying to feed the wires through the attic into my office.  This antenna can now be seen quite a ways off, maybe we can use it some day to put Christmas lights up with a star on top, you will be able to see it from Birmingham.

You Reached the End? Find More Ways to Monetize Your Blog

You have reached the very last article post on this blog (or more technically correct, the very first post ever made). So, have you read it all yet? Below you will see a list of the most recent blog posts, there might be a few you haven’t read yet.

This particular article is a bookend post. Do you have one? Sometimes a search can be made or page used for the very last page on your blog, like this one. When someone searches your blog by monthly categories or by page number, this is the last page they come to, make the page useful and provide information to bring the visitor back into the blog, not simply the first post every made.

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