Category Archives: Work weekend

June update 2019

June was a lot of trying to pull cables for the new shack, adding the surge disconnect switches, repairing the tractor and making parts for friends and neighbours. I am hoping that I will be able to get the shack moved during my vacation which is 5 weeks beginning on July the 8th.

SM2UVU helped me changing the top guy lines of the 160m vertical since I don’t have the nerves to do it. I rather spend a day at 60m height in one of those towers compared to 1h in the 160m vertical. I changed the lower set last year but now I discovered the top rope I had was not UV-resistant which I thought it was…so we were forced to change it now. Now it is guyed at around 25, 17 9m which should be sufficient enough.

January update 2019

The month of January was mainly getting stuff organized in the workshop. I built a material rack to get all material from the floor so I can use that space better. I also managed to get the CNC to mill some and also tried exporting some code from Fusion 360 to use on it and it seem to work properly (spoiler, it does work).

I also spent some time trying to fix the 80m vertical for the 4-SQ but in the end I gave this up because of my energy being low and the snow that came made it very hard. So this will be done in the spring instead. The station is undergoing a makeover anyway since everything is being moved out into the new building.

Progress in December 2018

The month of December I spent some time trying to get more organized in the workshop but it is a lot of work left to be done for that. I also got most of the ventilation done, some insulating to be done upstairs.

Another big milestone was getting the CNC mill functional and being able to jog it! This is very big benefit to have, especially when we start building the planned 10m monster stack to come in a couple of years.

Progress in November 2018

A lot of the work during November revolved around getting the heating working in the new workshop. I also got a CNC milling machine from a company nearby that wanted to get rid of it. So considering it was free I could not say no and arranged so that a friend picked it up while he was going by with his truck for work. SM2UVU also helped me getting some lights installed outside the shop which made a huge difference. I also spent some time putting feet onto my welding table plus I built a metal workbench from some parts I had gotten from GTL earlier.

GTL also gave me a bunch more dirt for the driveway and Emil came by and leveled it out and made it look nice. In 2019 when the spring has ended and the ground is dry I will finish it off by putting a fabric down and buy some gravel to put down.