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by stebbins
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: BLACK IS BACK!!
Replies: 13
Views: 2115

good idea, jonathan. thanks for the post! Thanks goes to OP too. Besides, I'm tired of being the new George Stebbins of the forum. :lol: :lol: :lol: I sent Danny an email and haven't heard back. I hope he's doing as well as Rome indicates. Or is it the new Bob Kuczewski of the forum? :lol: :lol: :l...
by stebbins
Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sarcastic quotes and sayings
Replies: 144
Views: 45064

beemer wrote:Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!
"The Early Bird catches the worm" just shows that the worm should have stayed in bed...

Robert Anson Heinlein
by stebbins
Mon Jul 25, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Yosemite LZ is dry (mostly), Bridalveil campground is open
Replies: 0
Views: 1048

Yosemite LZ is dry (mostly), Bridalveil campground is open

The campground is open. The LZ is nicely landable. The "creek" that runs across it near where most folks do their base-leg still has water in it, but otherwise, all is fine. I flew on Saturday and had a lovely view. Yosemite falls has more water than I've ever seen in it. However: There were more p...
by stebbins
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Yosemite 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 8076

I have verified that the campground is open. Still no word on the condition of the LZ. I'll let you all know on Monday or Tuesday when I return.
by stebbins
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Steve and Alex doing the Thermal Dance at Mt Tam
Replies: 3
Views: 855

Like when an older brother tells his younger sibling: "No honest, you will look soo cool when you wear the rubber chicken on your head... Really. Trust me."

Like the time I convinced my younger brother to eat a nickel.
by stebbins
Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Yosemite 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 8076

The National Park Service web page for Yosemite just today (14th) listed Bridalveil Campground as opening on July 15th. (Tomorrow) They also have the water level down to under 5 feet gage height. I assume that means that we can at least camp. Flying also looks possible, but not yet a definite. Those...
by stebbins
Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Yosemite 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 8076

So far, the only 1st come 1st served campground available in (semi) reasonable distance to launch is Tamarack Flat. Boil the water (you get it from the creek) or bring your own. No trailers or campers. I'll keep watching. I still plan on going, flying or not, especially since I'm going up Thursday (...
by stebbins
Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: John Denver Eagles and Horses
Replies: 4
Views: 863

Bob Denver? I don't know if Gilligan ever tried hang gliding. ;-) Probably the Skipper didn't. Maybe the professor?

John Denver (the musician) died in a homebuilt accident, so maybe he tried hang gliding.
by stebbins
Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Yosemite 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 8076

I'm going no matter whether there's flying or not. My kids go back to school two weeks after my scheduled monitoring, and I have commitments the following weekend, so that's my last chance to go to Yosemite for the year. So, short of some emergency, I'll be there July 23/24. Contact me if you want t...
by stebbins
Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: Events
Topic: Owens Valley 4th of July
Replies: 5
Views: 1800

Current forecast has it blowing SW on Saturday, even in the morning. Odds of flying Horseshoe would be very low.

Maybe the other side would work. But it is getting to the strong season, that's for sure.
by stebbins
Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Owensp
Replies: 1
Views: 718

I might be willing to go for a day on Sat / Sun, or maybe both days.

Haven't been to Hoseshoe for a while...
by stebbins
Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:57 pm
Forum: Flying Related
Topic: California Alpine Soaring 6-15-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1075

You can get new versions of the same flight!?!? ;-)
by stebbins
Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Couple of pics from Memorial Day
Replies: 2
Views: 1029

Amazing what you can do when you mess with a telephoto lens. And all without photoshop... ;-)
by stebbins
Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Volume of the Oceans
Replies: 2
Views: 862

Average depth of the ocean is several miles (don't know the exact depth, assume 3 miles.) Earth is 4000 miles in radius. Water covers about 3/4 of the surface, so that works out to a rough estimate: 1/1000 of the earth's radius is water. Volume is 4/3 Pi R^3, so as you can see, the volume of surface...
by stebbins
Thu May 12, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Random Cloud Pic
Replies: 4
Views: 1174

Holy Mamatus, Batman!
by stebbins
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question about j-pole radio antenna on a falcon
Replies: 10
Views: 4921

Remember that when you tune it it will be maximized for only one frequency. Move to one end or the other of the 2m band, and you change the length by several 1/10'ths of an inch. However, set it right for the middle of the band, and you'll get great reception (but not the "best") throughout the band...
by stebbins
Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hang Glide Hiking
Replies: 1
Views: 644

Or use it to do a retreive when there is no road to where the pilot lands. Much easier than lugging the darned glider and gear on your shoulders.

I have one and have used it to retreive another pilot from far behind a locked gate.
by stebbins
Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 29 Palms Airspace Expansion Update
Replies: 2
Views: 1078

Re: 29 Palms Airspace Expansion Update

billhelliwell wrote:.....It could be that none of the Marine Corps administrators have any idea how high and how far we fly.

Bill Helliwell
This is highly likely to be the case.
by stebbins
Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question about j-pole radio antenna on a falcon
Replies: 10
Views: 4921

I'm the least HAMstered of the club, but I can guess why we don't use J-poles. 1. Rubber-ducky are plenty for the line of sight we have when flying. 2. Power savings are negligible, as our flights aren't long enough to expend a full battery. Once you land, battery charging in the car is easy to do....
by stebbins
Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:33 am
Forum: Safety and Incidents in flight
Topic: Reminder to watch for air traffic
Replies: 1
Views: 1527

Thanks for the reminder Jonathan. You make a good point, and it is easy to forget that we fly in some of the busiest open airspace on the planet. A story, for those who are interested: Many years ago, I was flying from Horseshoe. There had only been a couple of pilots on launch, and I was ahead of a...