Top section finished

Last weekend we found that the cats were back at the QTH living in my barn. The kitten was now a bit older but still as shy as before. I didn’t really manage getting to hold him and SM3JLA was bitten by him in the finger when he was trying to figure out if a human hand was eatable or not. Since he hasn’t really had any interaction with humans this was of course understandable. Anyhow by Monday when I was going to go home I got to touch him a bit and I laid down one of my sweaters making a bed for them when I left. Our plan was to bring them back home with us this weekend when the girlfriend was going to come down too with the car. However I put a neck-less on the mother with a message and my phone number in case that she actually belong somewhere.

Just as we turned onto the gravel road leading to the QTH the phone called and a girl asked if it was us who had put the neck-less on their cat. So we talked a bit and it showed to be the neighbor further down the road (1.5km or so). So I explained everything and they knew that she had gotten kittens but they never found them. When we arrived at the QTH the kitten was running fast to me and was very eager to interact which was funny since the sweater “trick” seemed to have worked. The owners were happy to see the little kitten and picked him up on Saturday evening.

This weekend I spent some time doing the awful job of finishing the isolation work up in the attic, but now its finally done and the roof has gotten an extra 24cm of isolation which should keep the heating costs down during the winter months.

After that was done I started work on the top section for the WARC tower. It will have an alfa spid rotor in it and I did the mounting brackets for both the rotor itself and the bearing at the top of the tower. The pipe is a 60mm galvanized steel pipe and will hold a brand new 5el CUE DEE monobander for 20m this winter. I will rebuild the driven element of this beam to hairpin as on all other beams before we put it up, but I will not optimize the design anything this year but wait until it goes up in the 40m tower instead. Hopefully we can get the tower up next weekend but I doubt we can get it all running before CQWW SSB, but we will try.

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