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Old 12-23-2014, 06:31 PM   #51
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Well done! Simple and relatively elegant. And no parts to drop in the dirt.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:10 PM   #52
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Thanks Ron! I don't know about clearing weather - it is winter in Vancouver.
I'm sorry, I shouldn't have used West Coast, lotus land, terminology for you folks East of those big mountains.

"Clearing weather"

Vancouver: rain showers stop, people go walking on the seawall, in shorts, play tennis, golf, tidy up garden, maybe wash car. Happy overnight temperatures don't go down to freezing.

Edmonton: blizzard ends, people wonder which great mound of snow their car is under, happy if day time temperatures get almost up to freezing

Hope I cleared up "clearing weather" and now I have to go and wash a car, do my Christmas shopping and maybe get a little work done on my project.

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Old 12-26-2014, 08:10 PM   #53
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Yes, it sits on a bottom post, flat but operating, while underway. To raise it I have to lift it off the post, insert a 4' tube and lift that tube and panel up. Weight of the assembly is 22 lbs. and the lift is to chest height.
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I said bravely, not really sure about lifting a top heavy load up in the air and dropping it onto the socket tube Since the 4' tube was changed to a 5' tube I was a little more worried about the balance while trying to place it on the socket.

But today was do or die day and I was happy that even an old guy can lift up the panel and slide it down onto the lower tube without any problem.

All the clearances worked out OK so just some tidying up things to do and then wait for my cheap ebay controller to arrive so I can try it out.

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Old 01-08-2015, 08:25 PM   #54
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I finished the last step on the exterior for the solar panel mast. I notched the propane cover, reinforced the notch with aluminum sheet and put an EPDM membrane in to seal the space between the cover and the mast. Seems to work pretty well. The mast is rock solid. If I don't have the panel up and I see one of those humungeous RV's with a very tall flag pole I'll be tempted to put one up 10' higher.

Finally got my cheapo charge controller and started figuring out a little power panel for the end of the table. Since my table has its' own frame the panel is attached to it and is completely independent of the table.

Put a few of the devices I want in that area on the table, threw together a down and dirty mock-up and now have worked out exactly what size the actual panel will be. Basically 3" shorter and without the top shelf overhanging. Now if I just had some of Myron's aromatic cedar coffee wood.

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"...Now if I just had some of Myron's aromatic cedar coffee wood."

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Nice work Ron, you can not have too many USB ports, is that a short wave radio I see?
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:38 PM   #57
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Well it's not nice work yet. That has to be one of my crudest mock-ups ever, even for me. But it did help me sort out my priorities. Decided that I should also add a cigarette lighter receptacle. I use USB more but it'd be easier to use than having to reach down to the face of the dinette seat.

Next decision, decide on what type of wood to use. There's always plain old oak, black walnut would nice, and some of that Myron Wood, aka Tennessee Aromatic Cedar would really stand out but I'm thinking Burmese Teak because I have some teak pin railing left over from a boat building project.

Yes, a little short wave radio that also holds a thousand or so of my most favourite songs. During my cruising days the short wave was my only way of staying in touch. I spent many a Saturday morning listening to the Voice of America Farm broadcast

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Old 01-11-2015, 03:33 PM   #58
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Making progress, got to test my various mail order components and the panel is starting to take shape.

While I was able to hoist my new panel up and check that it physically all worked I wasn't able to test its' output because I live in a canyon with trees toward the South and the sun is so low and barely clears the hill by noon. A few days looked promising but fog rolled up the valley just before noon So, finally, the stars aligned, bright sunshine at noon, so I grabbed the panel and stuck it in the den window and hooked up my cheapo controller and was happy to see everything worked. No DOA components to deal with. Now, as soon as I learn Chinglish, I'll be able to set all the various parameters on the controller.

The panel is starting to take shape, I think it's going to work out quite well.

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One consideration - if the layout of your beautiful shelf is as shown in the photo, you may have problems with the radio. Most of the solar controllers I've dealt with produce lots of RFI, at least close to them.
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:40 AM   #60
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No worries there, they live in different worlds. The controller is only used during the day and the shortwave at night when the airwaves come alive. Also, it's portable, it can sit anywhere, the shelves are a sort of a charging station. Various devices will sit on top while being charged.

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