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Life off the grid in the SW Texas desert. An experiment in sustainable living. NUMBERS AT THE END OF EACH BLOG POST: temp at 8PM,high temp,low temp,rainfall,wind conditions(CalmBreezyWindyGusty). YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TheFieldLab Daily live streams at https://www.youtube.com/thefieldlab/live John Wellshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/12783305402239706779noreply@blogger.comBlogger4029125
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dove wednesday...

Wed, 2019/09/18 - 3:05pm
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Prepped for the client...

Tue, 2019/09/17 - 1:34pm
The client will be here tomorrow for a week long working visit to his casita.  Just finished the back porch this morning.  He is bringing out a futon bed and gas grill.  We will be setting up some solar this week and I am going to have him do all the connections so he knows how it works.  89,95,66,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2019/09/16 - 11:29am
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Firefly Q6

Sat, 2019/09/14 - 3:06pm
New camera for a slightly bigger rocket.  Shoots 4K video.  60 bucks - from China.88,92,64,0,B
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a friday night film

Fri, 2019/09/13 - 3:41pm
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front porch decked...

Thu, 2019/09/12 - 2:48pm
250 screws87,94,70, .38",B
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Casita Power

Wed, 2019/09/11 - 3:02pm
Some of the solar gear arrived today for the Casita.  Panels coming Saturday. 90,98,69,0,B
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A big rocket...

Tue, 2019/09/10 - 3:44pm
So a guy in the Houston area named Mauricio Valdez who has been following my blog and YouTube channel donated a partially completed mid/high powered rocket to the cause.  It is a Binder Design Excel Plus.  67" tall and 4" in diameter with a 38mm motor tube that will handle G, H, I, and J motors.  I can only purchase certain G motors for now.  To be able to purchase larger motors, I will have to get HPR certification Level 1 for H and I motors and Level 2 for J motors.  We shall see how far I take this... 83,92,74,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2019/09/09 - 10:34am
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Do rockets bring you closer to God?

Sun, 2019/09/08 - 10:43am

Psalm8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
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another rocket test coming up...

Sat, 2019/09/07 - 4:04pm
Rocket: Estes Phantom BlueCamera: KEQI 1080PEngine: C6-5Projected altitude: 1,000 ft.90,97,70,T,B
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a friday night film

Fri, 2019/09/06 - 3:09pm
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A little side gig...

Thu, 2019/09/05 - 2:58pm
A friend on the ranch needed to replace a burned out pump on her catchment system.  She bought the exact model so everything lined up (almost) perfectly.  The previous plumber had the presence of mind to put slip unions in all the right places so switching out the pump was pretty easy.  87,95,76,0,B
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There is a method to my madness...

Wed, 2019/09/04 - 4:18pm
So I have been watching a lot of model rocket videos lately.  Most are pretty lame - some are just OK - and only a very few are what I consider to be pretty darn good.  One thing I haven't seen is some close up video of the chute deploying.  My goal is to get some really good video with my drone of the rocket deploying the chute at apogee.  Model rockets ascend rapidly during powered flight - continue ascending while coasting after the propellant is finished - and reach the point of maximum altitude (apogee) before falling back to earth.  It's a bit tricky just getting the right motor with the correct delay to fire off the chute at apogee.  Larger, more sophisticated (and expensive) model rockets have an electronics bay with an altimeter that fires deployment charges at apogee and/or specific altitudes.  With these cheaper models, it is going to require a bunch of flights and a bit of luck to capture apogee and chute deployment close up with the drone (without hitting the drone of course).  I just got another inexpensive rocket and some spare parachutes and shock cords so I can work toward my goal.  86,93,65,0,B
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Free Tin

Tue, 2019/09/03 - 3:26pm
Cutting up some old/donated tin for the Casita ceiling.  67,95,87,0,B
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a monday matinee...

Mon, 2019/09/02 - 10:17am
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Victory!

Sun, 2019/09/01 - 1:35pm
1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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chairs...

Sat, 2019/08/31 - 12:36pm
The client sent out a couple of chairs for me and the guy who is helping me build the Casita...88,97,72,0,B
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a friday night film

Fri, 2019/08/30 - 3:59pm
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