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[aprssig] WX and Wind and mountain tops...

Bogdan, Rick rbogdan at ursinus.edu
Tue Apr 25 23:10:53 UTC 2006


Bob,

Have you ever visited this site? http://www.drgibson.com/towers/

We looked into wind power when we bought this house 5 years ago, but after a
on-line survey it would take almost 15+ years before any payback would be
seen.  So, we have gone this route, replace the 20 year old appliances, oil
furnace, with the most efficient equipment available.  The payback was seen
almost immediately. For an example we went with a tank less (on demand)
propane hot water heater, which has cut our oil consumption by almost 1/2.

A little off topic, sri.


Rick ka1udx
http://wepages.ursinus.edu/ka1udx

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bruninga [mailto:bruninga at usna.edu] 
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2006 9:19 PM
To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
Subject: [aprssig] WX and Wind and mountain tops...

Squirrels chewed through my entire APRS WX station stuff years ago, and so I
am pondering whether to re-weather or.... not? 

Since my current interest is beating the 72% electric rate hike looming this
summer due to deregulation, I have been looking at the cost of wind
generators.
Interesting to note that a 400W wind generator is only about twice ($599)
what a new WX station costs... 

I'm considering  spending my $$$ on getting back some pennies rather than
just watch the wind go by...  Just wish I lived somewhere where there was
more wind....
ARGH....  Oh well...

Or more sun..... or more running water... anything...

Oh, this weekend, hiking a mountain trail in West Virginia came across a
HUGE microwave site with concrete building and huge tower that was all
cleaned up and really looking spiffy...  looking more closely there were
for-sale signs from a local real-estate agent.  Offering:

5 acres of mountain top land, concrete building, 10,000 KW diesel generator
115 foot tower (suitable for building an entire house on top
with a 360' view)... etc....   Oh well...

But the sign had a big SOLD across it... so I didnt jot down the number.
But now I wish I had called to see what it sold for....

I had made a post a few years ago here about how American Tower was selling
of hundreds of old microwave sites since that are now obsolete with all the
fiberoptics...  so if you like the hermit life style and like high places,
and dont mind living in the middle of nowhere... look around..

The American Tower site no longer has a for-sale list.  So I guess
real-estate speculators have picked up most of them and are now re-selling
at higher prices...

Bob, WB4APR



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