There's a huge project going on at my part of my work, and when I say huge, I'm mostly talking about cost and height -- a small crew of arcane specialists is taking apart about nine hundred vertical feet of rigid, flanged coaxial radio-frequency transmission line and installing the same amount of replacement line, just about twenty feet at a time.
Inside the building, I am working with a tech from an equipment manufacturer to complete the assembly and adjustment of the equipment that connects to all this, having already worked with an electrician to get the primary power connected to it.
It makes for long days and an early start -- the riggers like to be setting up when twilight starts hinting along the horizon and aloft in time to greet the dawn. Their day will end when they run out of light or they begin to hit physical limits. It's a long way down and they must always leave sufficient reserve to get back to the ground safely. (And you thought your job was difficult?) Simply climbing is one thing; climbing and doing useful work is a whole other level of challenge.
Meanwhile, the inside work often runs into the early evening. Things come up, processes can't be interrupted until complete, and so on.
As the only representative of my employer at the site, I have to be there for all of it and I have work of my own connected to the project to get done, too.. With all of that, I'm working eleven to twelve hours a day. So postings are short and will arrive at slightly irregular times until this project is done.
BUILDING A 1:1 BALUN
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