Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

something solar 7

Linked up the next piece of the something solar puzzle...the inverter.  Testing it out running my refrigerator via a 100' extension cord.  My only complaint so far is that the cooling fans in the inverter are rather loud - hence the name "WHISTLER", I reckon.    FYI - all this stuff is being located in proximity to the shipping container I will eventually move into - the long cord is for testing purposes only.  95,107,70,0,B

Monday, July 28, 2014

something solar 6

The tracker doesn't seem to want to work after dark but is happy to go back to work about an hour after sunrise to reset the rig pointing east.  That works for me.  93,102,75,0,B

Sunday, July 27, 2014

There is no hope for this world...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

something solar 5

Got the rig wired up by noon and test run went as advertised except for the east return function after dark. Will wait and see what happens in the morning.  Additional project expenses for Quikrete and wiring accessories came to $85.  96,107,73,0,B

Friday, July 25, 2014

something solar 4

Frame on the pole - parts gathered to wire it all up.  Update on the tracking circuit I ordered from - I never got it and never got my money back.  A little research uncovered that Duane C. Johnson has a bad habit of accepting orders, cashing checks, and not sending out the goods...often claiming that it must have gotten lost in the mail.  Should have noticed the red flag when he said he doesn't do PayPal and won't ship orders with a tracking number.  So I found a better, cheaper, more reliable source right here in Texas.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

something solar 3

Sitting around afraid to fly only lasts so long.  Until I figure out when and where to go for additional training, I decided I should probably finish up this solar project.  Found the bottom of the hole, prepped the pipe, and 13 bags of Quikrete later - the post for the tracking rig is implanted in my desert rock.  95,102,70,0,B