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Old 11-13-2020, 11:33 PM
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We are in lockdown over here in the UK until 2nd December. A similar situation obtains in most Western European countries, consequently Miss Blue Eyes and I have been getting on with building the Super 60. We should have it finished next week but we won't be able to fly it !

She wanted to finish it in pink and purple but fortunately those colours are not available in Solartex so we've opted for the second choice of blue and white with pink trim! The follow-up model, a DB Sport and Scale Skyrider will be finished in pink film! https://www.dbsportandscale.com/skyrider-7793-p.asp




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Old 11-14-2020, 07:21 AM
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You should have said something I could have purchased several and sent you them! We could have had matching airplanes!

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Old 11-14-2020, 08:36 AM
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Did you guys see that Elon Musk took 4 tests, 2 negative, 2 positive? He has a cold. Makes you wonder how many of these "Cases" are legit Covid and how many are just a normal cold, or if they are even sick at all. After all it is flu and cold season. Wonder how Sweden is doing it, they must be doing something right since their deaths are very low considering no lockdowns ever. Another interesting thing I found. The US is testing up to 50% per 1M population. IOW half the country was tested. UK has tested 55%.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

I still question the accuracy of the cases being reported here as to how many are false positives.

But check out India. What the heck are they doing, 1 Billion population, yet only 482K active cases.
Old 11-14-2020, 09:17 AM
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Depends on which test they are doing. The new test all most of the hospitals and the EU are now using are more than 90% accurate. Reinfections are also on the rise. The new vaccine is very effective but takes two doses and causes flu like symptoms in 70% of patients.
Old 11-14-2020, 02:13 PM
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My niece tested positive. She was then re-tested 5 times. Each re-test came back negative.
Old 11-14-2020, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by flyboy2610
My niece tested positive. She was then re-tested 5 times. Each re-test came back negative.

My wife works for a manufacturer in Rockford which has plants also in PA. She has had some fellow workers in the plant have the same thing happen. Test positive, then of course everyone who was in contact with that person had to be tested, they come back negative, a re-test on the first person then comes back negative. That's why I don't trust the numbers, because not everyone tested positive is actually sick. So how many are actually sick from all those positive cases? So far by my count of those I know about, out of 2 dozen that I am aware of testing, 1 was actually sick. My wife handles all the information regarding Covid in the plant, so she knows who is tested and what their results are.

Don't get me wrong, it's a nasty little bugger for those who get sick from it, but how many are actually sick, and how many are not, that is what I question about these cases.
Old 11-15-2020, 04:35 AM
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flyboy 2610 sorry to read about your medical problem. Glad you acted fast when the problem surfaced and you got prompt treatment. Take care and heal well.

I do a lot of heavy duty solo work. My biggest fear is getting injured while working. I take a lot of precaution while working. Now a lot of changes are going on here. Iíve been working my tail off each day. Going to take today off and work on my foamy airplane. I havenít touched it in weeks.

Veterans Day I finally went to a sit in restaurant since this pandemic started. It was an early morning breakfast with only 3 customers inside. Not too much risk so I took a chance. When will things get back to normal again?
Old 11-15-2020, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by ETpilot
flyboy 2610 sorry to read about your medical problem. Glad you acted fast when the problem surfaced and you got prompt treatment. Take care and heal well.
Thank you. I appreciate that!
Old 11-16-2020, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by flyboy2610
My niece tested positive. She was then re-tested 5 times. Each re-test came back negative.
I was exposed and was asked to participate in a testing program by the Health Department. I was tested on my third day as negative. My wife showed symptoms on day 5 and she tested positive but I was still negative. I felt symptoms on day 7 and tested positive. 10 days after my positive, I was tested again as was negative. Tested again 14 days after my positive and was negative. The incubation period is still not fully understood which was the premise of the program I volunteered for. I never had a fever and only felt mild allergy symptoms. However,as what I am told is a long term side effect of SARS and Covid virus, my blood pressure and heart rate will not go down and I have swelling of the inner ear causing balance and sleep problems. This is a pretty funky bug we are dealing with that is for sure.
Old 11-16-2020, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by scottrc
I was exposed and was asked to participate in a testing program by the Health Department. I was tested on my third day as negative. My wife showed symptoms on day 5 and she tested positive but I was still negative. I felt symptoms on day 7 and tested positive. 10 days after my positive, I was tested again as was negative. Tested again 14 days after my positive and was negative. The incubation period is still not fully understood which was the premise of the program I volunteered for. I never had a fever and only felt mild allergy symptoms. However,as what I am told is a long term side effect of SARS and Covid virus, my blood pressure and heart rate will not go down and I have swelling of the inner ear causing balance and sleep problems. This is a pretty funky bug we are dealing with that is for sure.
Hmmm you know, what you said of your symptoms makes me wonder. I have been having sinus issues for months now where my sinus close up, and what I thought was post nasal drip giving me a congestion in my chest, might have been the Vid. I still have inner ear issues, and sinus issues, but I have no intentions of getting tested. It's been months and no one else in my house was sick, including my 80 YO mother who still works a couple days a week, one job in a retirement community one day a week, the other in a RE office. My wife works 5 days a week in a manufacturing office, so who knows. I have just been attributing the sinus issue with being cooped up in my basement 6 or 7 days a week, 5 days working, maybe a few hours on the weekend with my hobby, and my basement is musty and moldy, even with a dehumidifier running keeping it at 45%.
Old 11-16-2020, 02:53 PM
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I'm afraid the reality is that if you don't like the results (positive or negative) do another test....results have been known to be 'different'
Old 11-16-2020, 03:18 PM
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Kind of like gambling, didn't get the cherries, try again.
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Old 11-17-2020, 06:07 AM
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For anyone with a background in statistics, all the reporting of numbers and the showing of charts will make your head explode due to the poor defining of samples sizes and populations.
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Old 11-17-2020, 06:39 AM
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If you want to see something really scary check out your state's health department website and see if they are tracking hospital capacity. Here in Oklahoma we have more demand for ICU beds and ventilators than we have available which means people are dying.
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Old 11-17-2020, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by scottrc
For anyone with a background in statistics, all the reporting of numbers and the showing of charts will make your head explode due to the poor defining of samples sizes and populations.
Amen to that ! Our county publishes statistics on the virus 5 days per week. No definition of terms, no consistency of format. But the lines all have nice colors. I guess that's what a degree in "journalism" gets you.

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Old 11-17-2020, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
If you want to see something really scary check out your state's health department website and see if they are tracking hospital capacity. Here in Oklahoma we have more demand for ICU beds and ventilators than we have available which means people are dying.
Hi Mike, My cousin lives in Jones OK and about month ago he had a wreck on his ATV over at Lake Eufala. They took him to Muskogee and the hospital there said they couldn't do anything for him so the transferred to a hospital in OKC. He was there a couple of days and then sent him home. He broke 4 ribs and his collar bone and he also has COPD. Two weeks ago his niece call me and said he was in the ER at another OKC hospital . His legs had swelled with fluid and they thought he had covid and he also had pneumonia and because they had no beds in the hospital they kept him in the ER. He is home now but said he is still in a lot of pain. Poor guy he is only 64 years old but looks much older.
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Old 11-17-2020, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
If you want to see something really scary check out your state's health department website and see if they are tracking hospital capacity. Here in Oklahoma we have more demand for ICU beds and ventilators than we have available which means people are dying.
I don't need to, my spouse and most of my family works in Healthcare and everyone is at full capacity. Another factor along with bed capacity is the number of workers that must go out on quarantine leaving shortages of specialists trained for ICU work.
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Old 11-17-2020, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by mkjohnston
Hi Mike, My cousin lives in Jones OK and about month ago he had a wreck on his ATV over at Lake Eufala. They took him to Muskogee and the hospital there said they couldn't do anything for him so the transferred to a hospital in OKC. He was there a couple of days and then sent him home. He broke 4 ribs and his collar bone and he also has COPD. Two weeks ago his niece call me and said he was in the ER at another OKC hospital . His legs had swelled with fluid and they thought he had covid and he also had pneumonia and because they had no beds in the hospital they kept him in the ER. He is home now but said he is still in a lot of pain. Poor guy he is only 64 years old but looks much older.
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My older brother Cary had something like that a week or two ago. He passed out and fell and then couldn't speak twice and had a third attack when they got him on the gurney. The ambulance wanted to take him to the McAlester Hospital but they were told the hospital was full up with COVID patients and he was send to Tulsa on a Meda Flight helicopter. His problem turned out to be his potassium level was thru the roof and interfering with the electrical paths in his heart. He is back home now. Cary is 73 but still very active. They have a place on the lake near Crowder, OK.
Old 11-17-2020, 01:20 PM
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Wow, I have just the opposite problem, when my potassium drops my heart starts erratic beats, and I have to take an extra potassium pill. I take 2 a night, to keep a somewhat normal rhythm. I kind of know what he went through, not that drastic, but at times I have been somewhat speechless by it. I had a bout several weeks back when using the chainsaw on some trees in the back, took about a week to recover. I haven't passed out, yet, but felt so weak I thought I would. Not fun at all!
Old 11-17-2020, 01:48 PM
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My doctor has me on a potassium supplement too, he doesn't want to take any chances and it is check regularly.
Old 11-18-2020, 08:45 AM
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Sure beats the Xanax the doc had me on for a month I cannot remember.
Old 11-20-2020, 11:38 AM
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We have been home for three days from our trip to Arkansas, and i need the rest. this @%*+^%$ motorhome did it again, it never got past my sons home in east TEX. we took his car into Arkansas. when we got back to his house from ARK. it took two days to sort out the problems of dead batteries to stuck solenoids. The alternator acted weird shortly after heading back to Manor TX. but I said to hell with it and it settled down with no further problems ????? other than tedious, the return trip was uneventful. Overall the trip helped both the misses and I, we seem to fuss a lot less now (wont last) no matter what "it is good to be home"!

Reading through you guys post proved to me that something is in the air and wearing my mask and washing my hands is the best way to go. the testing seems unreliable at best though I had to be tested before entering the hospital and managed to get out without catching something. So far I have been feeling pretty good with less pain and more get up and go I hope it last. we have eaten at restaurants one place had hand sanitizer and gloves for the buffet and no one seemed to mind it at all, and the food was real good.

A lot of talk of shutting down Texas is going on, I feel we shouldn't have opened things up in the first place. but the leaders are worried more about the states money than lives so me and mine are taking all precautions. and it seems most folks are too so maybe we will beat this thing in time, meanwhile take care of yourselves!
Old 11-20-2020, 02:30 PM
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Donny sorry to hear about your trip. Glad things worked out in the end. It sounds like one of my trips. Things do go wrong. Even my U-Haul truck drive had a kink. They closed down both lanes of I-10 westbound. I then was on 2 lane back roads of North Florida with no place to stop to check where I was. I saw a sign for Live Oak and that was where I headed. I know that area.

Stuck solenoids do present a problem. You can wire a trouble light in the circuit so you can troubleshoot the circuit. If the light comes on when the circuit should be off you will know there is a fault in the circuit. Dead battery the result.
Old 11-20-2020, 02:59 PM
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We sold our Harleys last year and bought a used motorhome.with the proceeds. We decided to take a trip to the beach for the first shakedown with it. It had sat at the house without shore power for a month or so while we tinkered with it and got it all set up. It was a bit slow to start up, but we figured it needed to run and charge the batteries. Drove the 30 miles into town and stopped at Costco for diesel. Darn near didn't get it restarted - had to bridge the coach batteries with the starting batteries to get her to turn over. We were meeting up with some of our kids at the beach, so the wife wanted to just drive the hundred desolate miles there and get it checked out the next day (Saturday, of course). Since I was driving, I made a command decision and stopped at a local shop, A1 Battery. They determined that the two starting batteries were shot, so $300 later they had two new ones installed. We hopped in, turned the key, and it wouldn't turn over. The mechanics disappeared underneath and came out to pronounce the 19 year old starter was fried. At 5PM on a Friday.
That's when we experienced some outstanding service. A1 Battery also does starters and alternators. The owner got on the radio to his mobile mechanic, who had an upgraded starter in stock at another location. Half an hour later, he drove in with it, and 15 minutes later we were roadworthy - with a starter that turns that diesel over like a Dynatron on 24V does a .40. Amazing difference - well worth the investment. Had we kept going instead of dealing with it, we'd have paid at least twice as much and gotten a direct replacement Delco instead of the far superior Nippon Denso that we ended up with. Made it to the beach late, but in far better shape than we could have been. We also added a battery disconnect switch to avoid any parasitic drain. No problems with batteries or starting since.

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Old 11-20-2020, 05:22 PM
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Nothing worse than having auto trouble on the road far from home. I learned that costly lesson. I was traveling to Florida on I-10 in Mississippi going to my normal fuel stop. I was in my Ram Diesel Turbo truck towing a flatbed trailer with a Jeep Grand Cherokee on it.

What I didnít account for was that I had driven a bit before leaving for this trip and I didnít allow for the lower fuel mileage towing the trailer. My fuel gage does not work and I use the trip meter for fuel up. Well on a late Friday afternoon I ran out of fuel 10 miles from my fuel stop. Oh no! Big problem.

Anyway there I sit on the side of I-10 trying to figure out what to do. Police stop by but no local service truck is available. They took me to get some diesel but the fuel system on this truck does not lend itself for easy starting. Try as I may I could not get it going. I get on the phone and contact a local Dodge dealer around 4PM. They tell me we close at 5PM if you can get it here before 5 we will get you started. I ordered a tow truck to take me, with my 2 dogs, to the dealer. I left the trailer and Jeep on the side of I-10, with a good lock I made. The One thing I learned is that tow trucks in this area do not accept credit cards. Cash only. Fortunately I had the cash for the tow. Not cheap.

So I get to the dealer and they get started on the truck. I said to myself great, Iíll see how the professionals start these Diesel engines. So they add more fuel, crack a few injector lines and start cranking with the starter. This engine would not start. This went on for a while, it was past 5PM. I start calling local motels figuring I may have to spend the night. In the meantime they are still cranking and trying to start. Time is close to 6PM. Iím a fairly good mechanic and have learned this diesel pretty good.

So I ask the mechanics, can I tell you how I would start this engine? They agree. So I show them a fuel line to disconnect. Then I tell them to pump some low psi air into the fuel tank. When bubble free fuel starts flowing from the fuel line, reconnect the line. Continue pumping air until bubble free fuel comes out the filter bleeder fitting. Close the fitting, then bleed the line going to the injector pump. Then try cranking the engine. That engine started right up. It was the best sound of the night. I paid my bill and went after my trailer. The mechanics were really nice about it and I think I taught them something. I was glad the engine was running and I was out of there. A very expensive night. And time lost for the trip.

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