We're within an inch and a half of connecting everything at the 900-foot level.
Paradoxically enough, this is worse than being off by a foot and a half: there's a minimum length for the custom-length sections, due to the interesting way the inner conductors are connected (long, tapered, springy "bullets" made of plated brass), and it's way more an inch and a half.
So the crew is going to have to move heavy things, a great distance above the ground, in a controlled and very accurate way. ...And the two most experienced members of the crew left to take care of a previous commitment a couple of days ago.
By the time this was discovered, winds at ground level had kicked up to chilly, blustering gusts and at 900 feet they were approaching gale force; having to hold on with both hands gets in the way of getting anything else done.
So they knocked off for the day, about an hour ahead of the usual time, and I got home ahead of schedule but even more tired than usual. I looked at TV (Danger Man, Patrick McGoohan's first spy/adventure series) while enjoying a bowl of vanilla ice cream with a few candied cherries on top and went to bed.
Today? Well, today we'll try again.
BUILDING A 1:1 BALUN
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