Five Days. 2584 Miles.

Took a drive to Rialto, Calif to visit my (step-) Mom that I hadn’t seen in about 37 years. On the way back we stopped by Fairfield, Calif to visit with my Sister that I hadn’t seen in even longer. Both visits were great if way too short.

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Left at zero-dark-thirty (0500) Wednesday morning. Made it to Sacramento, Ca. Nice ride. Lot’s of smoke in the air starting around Medford, Or. Fires in Calif. Can see why Calif would burn off the map with all the dried grass on the hills.

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Got up and left early Thursday and arrived in Rialto, Calif about 1400. Nice to see my Step-Mom! After sitting at her house a couple of hours we took her to dinner for a coupleof hours. Closer to three.

Glad to be inside though since it was 198 degrees outside! Phew even for me!

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Up early Friday morning and headed off to Fairfield, Calif to see my Sister. Got a room at the Inn on Travis AFB; nice! $60 instead of $130+. Took a lot of nice pictures of their airplane exhibits and SWMBO.

Got to see my Sister (first time in about 40 years) for only a little while since she had to get ready and go to work. Nice visit though. I could probably hang around with her.

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Then we headed North. Spent another night in a motel (Days Inn. Crappy.) and made it back home about 1730 last night (Sunday).

Tired! Holy Crap tired! And had trouble falling asleep. Finally took my medicine when we got home and was up pissing until late.

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All in all: Nice trip seeing stuff I hadn’t seen since forever (last time I was in Calif was 1993 when we moved up here) with my schweetie. She is the best traveling companion!

Anywho, we’ll catch up with more later.

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Sometimes I Hate My Life

imageI am SO fookin’ sick of the weather in Western WaRshington! Look, either get sunny and warm or rain! Make up your damned mind already! This is worse than following that dipshit on the freeway that can’t decide how fast he wants to go.

Just not a whole lot going on. Regular chores (when I feel like doing them) and our walks. The people chopping down trees (Lumber Company?} haven’t gotten to the part near us yet. Think they’re pretty close though.

Trying to figure out how the wireing on those solar panels I bought work. Wired one way I can get 12-20 volts. Wired another I can get 30-60 depending on the sun. So, which do I want?

Marilyn MonroeTo power my shack (radio’s and computers/monitors to interface with the radios) do I want 3 or 4 batteries with invertor. Would input be 12 volts or 50-60 volts? Do I wire the panels (and batteries) in series or parrallel?

See, all I really know is I have 4 solar panels and I want to 1) run my shack off them, and 2) use one to power the Caravan/RV and my radio stuff while camping out. (This one is the easier one to figure out.)

Other than that I have NO idea what the fook I’m doing.

When I say “run my shack” I mean the 3 radio’s (that currently run on battery power), either my laptop or the Pi and a monitor. I want my “Shack” to cost zero bucks to run and be up and running during power outs or other emergencies.

I don’t think there’s any way to run my whole house on solar. Freezer, dishwasher, washer and dryer; all big users of electricity and I use them most every day. Or every other day. Except the freezer. It’s on all the time.

imageMost of the electronics and stuff like that could be run by solar, I think. Probably not my computer and 3 monitors. Maybe not the NAS even though I have the drives turn themselves off after 15 minutes of non-use. Big tv could. Pi media player could. Probably the cable modem/router.

Well, it finally rained a bit. Just enough to get part of the garbage burned. But at least it made up it’s mind on what to do. For a moment.

SWMBO got home and took me to Safeway for some “stuff.” Nice being out of the house with her!

Got in the last part of the NMARES Net and listening to them talk about W7LDE’s antenna’s.

Think I’ll go lay down and read a bit.

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