Archive for March, 2010

Spring?

March 26, 2010

I took off the “Welcome Spring” cartoon from the front page of the www.pastimeprojects.com web page. Late yesterday it started to snow and didnt let up until about midnight or beyond. Way heavier than expected, and totally iced up the roads here.  Then, about midnight, the lights went off.  The electric was out until 7:00 am.  Down around freezing all night. The house stayed warm enough, and all was ok, but maybe we will wait a few more weeks before we try to “Welcome Spring” again!  The coil forms are now being put together.  When we introduce the 1 1/2 inch diameter forms we will try to make them one piece – totally fitting over the octal base – so that they can survive the pushing and pulling of being put in the octal sockets.

More later…. Glenn NN8G   pastimeprojects (at) yahoo.com

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Road Trip

March 19, 2010

Yesterday we visited one of our vendors located towards the eastern end of Ohio.  We had a very nice travel day, and finally were able to open the windows on the car a little and let in the fresh warm air. 

In the couple hours we spent with our supplier, we gained a lot of knowledge of his operation.  With his experience and advice, we were able to design the  needed parts for the new project on the bench.  We had a better understanding of his costs, and could make decisions that reduced cost while improving product.  Last, and  perhaps most important, we learned more about this businessman’s integrity and determination to produce quality products every time.

Since the computer here has been running slowly,  it was time to make the trip and resolve issues face to face.  We save countless hours of emails and phone calls.  The computer meanwhile has an appointment with the ‘doctors’ to resolve its issues!

Happy ending all around!   73 ES BCNU!  Glenn NN8G   pastimeprojects(at)yahoo(dot)com