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About sdixon747

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  • Birthday 04/09/1959

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    Unicoi, TN
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    RC Helicopters, Photography, HAM Radio

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  1. Thanks David Dixon (Nuke-E) for all the work you put in on getting the new site up and running. We have a record number of first day registrations this year. One of you is the lucky winner of a nice gift to be given away on opening day of the National HDT Rally. If you haven't registered yet, it's very easy at A schedule of events and synopses of all the seminars can also be found there. Looking forward to seeing you all in Hutchinson. Steve
  2. The National HDT Rally registration is now OPEN! Please go to to register.
  3. The National HDT Rally Registration will be opening soon. This year registrations will be done online. Please check back here often for further details. There will be a First Registration Winner!
  4. We are getting ready to put the schedule together for the National HDT Rally. We are looking for some suggestions on some new seminars for this year. If you know a topic that you would like to see, or or are willing to present, please let me know. Don’t forget the ladies! We are also looking more seminars and activities for the women as well. The dates for this year are from Oct 8 to 14 in Hutchinson, KS
  5. I also wonder why more people do not use Tennessee as fulltimers residence. There is no income tax, vehicle registration cost is low ($25 year), insurance is reasonable. As to the sales tax, it's high, but that only counts when you are in Tennessee. While traveling the country, you pay the sales tax where you are. I am a Tennessee resident now. When I go fulltime, is there an advantage of changing to TX or SD? What am I missing? Why don't more people use TN?
  6. Gail and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Years ago when Mike was an Air Traffic Controller, we spoke at length about how much he wanted to be an Airline Pilot. Then, when he got his big break with the airlines, how proud he was in starting a new phase of life. Suzan, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve & Gail When I first heard the news, this kept going through my head... HIGH FLIGHT Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air… . Up, up the long, delirious burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or ever eagle flew — And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. — John Gillespie Magee, Jr -
  7. Thanks Rod. We're looking forward to the build. So much to think about. So many things that are so much easier to do on the initial build than try to retrofit. I have a thread on the HDT forum asking people to Help Me Spend My Money. Got some good ideas there. Some I already thought of and many I didn't. With the input of others, hopefully I get it right the first time.
  8. I recently put a deposit down to have a new trailer custom built. This gives me the opportunity to optimize my shack and antenna setup. I plan on running two runs of coax to the back and two more to the roof. The roof will be basically clean, ie no air conditioners (basement air) but will have a fairly large solar array. The overall design is still being finalized, but the overall length will be between 42 and 44 feet. So now to the big question. Ground plane? I guess that theoretically a copper plate covering the entire roof would be ideal, but very expensive and not practical. So, looking at various ground plane solutions, and weighing the cost/benefit of each, what would be best solution? Copper wire run in a radial pattern on the roof? Copper foil? Maybe put nothing up there and just use the steel of the frame? Would copper in the floor (closer to the ground) be better? What do you think? Thanks very much for your input. Steve KJ4YGY
  9. Still going to be "Bumper Pull" but built on a 5th wheel frame similar to what I have now. The kitchen will be in front elevated above basement storage. The bedroom will be in the rear, also elevated above basement storage. The whole unit will be built as tall as my truck, 13' 3". I currently have a 20,000lb hitch, and depending on the final weight rating of the SpaceCraft, I will probably have to upgrade to a 30,000lb hitch.
  10. That's more than just a thought, that's a MUST!
  11. I just put a deposit on a new 44' SpaceCraft trailer. Now I need help outfitting it. If you were custom building a new trailer, besides the obvious, what features would you list as "Must Have" and "Would be Nice" to have. A few of the things I plan on are a 48 volt lithium battery system like David Dixon's (NukeE), Solar on the roof, one button leveling, and much more. Gail wants a large kitchen with residential appliances including a large real oven, 4 burner commercial grade stove, and a large refrigerator with ice maker. So much to think about with so little time. I'm scheduled for a July delivery which means a May / June start time, which means I have to have the design finalized by sometime in April. So back to the original question. What features would you have that I may have never thought of?
  12. Well, the National HDT Rally has made the big time! We made the front page of the local paper and the 6 o'clock news in Wichita.
  13. Hey Dirt, come on in! Be good to see ya again. Feel free to call any time.
  14. 9 now!