Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A little pressure...

I'm starting to feel the pressure of the fall season coming on. I have finally removed all the antennas, wiring, etc. from my wrecked probe. Now all I have left to do is install it all in my current one. I've been debating on whether or not to build a platform to mount all antennas, devices, etc. to on the roof, or just to directly mount everything. I really don't have much to mount, but my problem is adding to it in the future. I may want to add another radio, or get a Wilson antenna for my data connection, or maybe something else. Moving stuff around will create more holes than I would like, even though I will never resell it. Bah, now I'm just rambling. I think I'll just mount it them directly. I also need to buy another piece of 12" x 12" plexiglass for my laptop platform and form it.
On a side note, I've started carpooling with a couple people from Edmond to Stillwater. This means I will have to pay a little more attention to the space I take up with equipment.
Hope they aren't adverse to storm chasing... :)


Steve Miller said...

First, I want to say that I feel sorry for the peple who are carpooling when it is YOUR turn to drive. Having logged well over 1,500 miles with your impatient ass behind the wheel, I fear for their lives.
As for the roof rack, I think that is a great idea. Chances are pretty good that you will have Ford Probes for your next seven cars or so. Once you get a rack built, you can transfer it easily.
I have envisioned a rack in the past for chasing applications and did a little research. Turns out, expanded metal with a rail(1"X1" steel) box frame and a couple of additional support rails in the middle will give plenty of metal for mag mounts, allow space for nuts & bolts if that is the route you want to take for anchoring and most important, will provide a decent ground plane for transmission.
I found a place in Tulsa that will powder coat the metal so if you need that, let me know.
Camping this weekend???

Chasing Hans said...

smarta$$ :P