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  1. rovinsteve

    Does anyone clean their anode rod (hot water heater)

    It's called a sacrificial anode and is supposed to be eaten away (instead of the heater tank).  Seems like cleaning it would take away part of the sacrifice (grin). --Steve
  2. rovinsteve

    Radio installation questions

    I talked with a group of motorhome mobile hams today here in a park in Alabama and one had a unique solution for his antenna.  He decided that, since the ladder isn't grounded, why not use it for the antenna?  He mounted his SGC auto tuner inside the rear panel and tunes it with that.  When...
  3. rovinsteve

    Radio installation questions

    The ladder may be well grounded already, but check with an ohmmeter to be sure. --Steve, NO7V
  4. rovinsteve

    Ed Juge was a ham

    I first ran across Ed when he was sysop of the Tandy Model 100 computer forum--my first computer!  Sad that he is gone. --Steve, NO7V
  5. rovinsteve

    Ham Radio VOIP?

    Echolink works very well and provides worldwide computer to computer or radio to radio links if an access repeater is available in your town.  IRLP is all radio in and out but there are Echolink/IRLP linking sites available so you can use a computer on IRLP too with that gateway.  Both use the...
  6. rovinsteve

    Hamming on the road and at home

    Hi Carson and all, I've been running ham radio on the road in our motorhome since 1995 and love the contact it gives me along the way.  We are currently wintering in Oceano, CA and join the local hams for all sorts of activity. I use a Kenwood TM D700A and run APRS with it to mark my route when...
  7. rovinsteve

    Furnace Question

    On your first post you said that you have a big flame with one burner lit on the stove and it settles into a reasonable level as you light more.  To me that means your gas pressure regulator is set too high.  Buy a pressure manometer (mine is a Robertshaw Model 900-106) and set your gas pressure...
  8. rovinsteve

    Looking for spring/fall transition places

    Pat, the central Califorina coast is very nice.  We are in Morro Bay at the moment and it is wall to wall sun and 70 degrees.  Very nice!  Watched a Christmas decorated boat parade on the bay last night too.  We will be in this area all winter as we were 3 years ago and we like it a lot. We...
  9. rovinsteve

    Jan Feb, & March in Clearwater Area

    The Maderia Beach KOA is nice and right on a rails to trails bikeway.  Clearwater isn't far away and the beach is only 1.5 Miles--an easy bike ride.  Very nice restaurants nearby and fine beach bars abound. Tough finding a spot this late in the year though. --Steve, Jodie, and Posie Cat
  10. rovinsteve

    Summer trip 5/5/07>8/16/06

    Fred & Daisy, Stop by and see us in Dillon, MT if you can. Jodie and I are enjoying Morro Bay, CA until after Christmas and then we move to Grover Beach.  Watched Christmas decorated boats on the bay last night--pretty! Regards,   --Steve, Jodie and Posie Cat
  11. rovinsteve

    Fred & Daisy's Surprise 50th Anniversary Party

    Congratulations from the Crouchs too!  Too bad we are on the wrong coast to join you though. We did anniversary 46 in July and are looking forward to our 50th down the road a few years. Love,   Steve, Jodie and Posie Cat
  12. rovinsteve

    Coming to Florida for the winter to get a tan and play on the beach...

    The KOA in St. Petersburg (Maderia Beach) is nice and on the bike trail too. --Steve   Now in Portland, OR
  13. rovinsteve

    RV Access on my side yard - what to install for the ground underneath???

    Not sure about astroturf but using "filter fabric" under 3/4"-0 crushed rock works well.  If the soil is clay, the filter fabric keeps the clay from pushing up through the rock and retains a stable surface while allowing water to pass through.  Wetting and rolling the rock layer will make a good...
  14. rovinsteve

    Price of gas this weekend

    What can we expect?  Our country is run by oil men.  Diesel just dropped to $3.199 in Dillon, MT. --Steve
  15. rovinsteve

    Alaska with the Brewer's 06

    Fantastic journal!  Keep it up.  It's been a long time since I did that highway. --Steve, Jodie, and Posie cat   Dillon, MT
  16. rovinsteve

    Saguaro National Park Information, Please

    Both east and west Saguaro NP's are worth the visit but I liked the east side best because it was a good bicycle ride from Far Horizons RV park where we spent the winter.  The eight mile loop in the park was a good workout with great scenery. --Steve & Jodie Crouch   Now in Dillon, MT, in the...
  17. rovinsteve

    Jim Dick and toys

    Hi Jim, Now you just have to get that motorized two wheeler to Montana so we can ride together again!  I'm in Arizona with the mountain bike at the moment. --Steve
  18. rovinsteve

    My new ham radio

    Smoky, The point was that you still have a metal roof support structure and all  you have to do is connect to it close to the antenna base.  That metal gutter might work.  Check it with an ohmmeter to the frame. The wire to the top of the air conditioner from the top of the screwdriver antenna...
  19. rovinsteve

    My new ham radio

    Smoky, What kind of antenna are you using and did you ground it and did you construct any kind of counterpoise? How did you mount it? It's nice to have that clean 12V power directly from the batteries to the radio.  I seldom operate HF mobile either but do use the 2 Meter rig (Kenwood TM...
  20. rovinsteve

    My new ham radio

    Smoky, I don't know the configuration of your Newmar but the factory told me to connect my radio to the generator cables up front behind the firewall in my 1999 DSDP.  13.4 Volts and big fat cables going back to the batteries--nice!  Anyway, Newmar is familiar with ham radio so give them a call...
  21. rovinsteve

    My new ham radio

    Well, Smokey, when and where are you going to get that new rig on the air? ---Steve, NO7V
  22. rovinsteve

    The Passing of Don Jordan

    Our sincere condolences, Betty.  It is indeed a sad thing that he is gone. --Steve and Jodie Crouch
  23. rovinsteve

    QZ 2006 rally pics

    Thanks for posting the event pictures, Tom!  We enjoyed seeing them but don't miss the dry and dusty.  Looks like everyone is having fun though and it's a great place to try out your 4WD. Please pass a our greetings around from Tucson. --Steve, Jodie, and Posie Cat
  24. rovinsteve

    Ham Radio for Motorhome

    Smoky, There is a HAMFEST (radio gear swapmeet) in Glendale (Phoenix suburb) on January 14, 6am-2pm, at the Glendale Community College, 6000 West Olive Ave (59th and Olive).  Phone Steve Grouse at 623-521-1036 or email "[email protected]" for further information. Probably all sorts of reasonably...
  25. rovinsteve

    Your next notebook computer?

    Looks like a wonderful unit, Ned--but not at that price!  My 2.4 gig Toshiba laptop does just fine thank you. --Steve   Tucson, AZ
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