It dropped into the upper 30’s early this morning. Although I did not really want to go outside and work, it was the perfect time to adjust the pressures in the bus tires and reset the baseline pressures on the Pressure Pro TPMS. I had a 10 AM service appointment for my car and wanted to take care of the bus tires before the air temperature warmed up or some of the tires sat in the sun.
I took the Honda Element to Brighton Honda for the 85,000 mile service which consisted of an oil change and multi-point inspection. A quick trip to Best Buy to look for a case for my new ASUS laptop computer did not result in a usable case but I did discover a new Logitech mouse, the T630; very thin and stylish but unfortunately not in stock. They printed out a sheet for me to take along.
I called Wayne (KD8H) and arranged to go see the Heights Tower he had for sale at 2 PM. Mike (W8XH) came along to help me inspect it. Mike has a Heights Tower so he is very familiar with them. The tower was already down and disassembled into sections that were stored horizontally on saw horses. The fold-over mount (FOM) was made of steel rather than aluminum and was rusty but very substantial. Wayne had the motor for the FOM but no longer had the threaded rod. The top tower sections had the mounting plate for a Ham II rotator and the bearing plate for the rotating mast. He also had the Ham II rotator, and was willing to include that in the deal. I wrote him a check and arranged to come back later in the week with a truck or trailer to pick everything up. After I dropped Mike back at his QTH and returned home I e-mailed several SLAARC members to see if they might be have a truck and/or trailer and time to help me retrieve the tower parts.
I had been doing research on cases for the ASUS G750 series (ROG) laptop computer and found two on Amazon Prime from Everki that looked promising as they were designed to hold up to an 18.5 inch (diagonal) computer. The Advanced was a padded top-load zipper case with a slender front zipper pocket. The Lunar was also a padded top-load zipper case but had a larger zippered front pouch and a slender zipper pocket in front of that. It also had a slot across the back that allowed it to be placed over the extended handle of a roller case. The Lunar was 3x the price of the Advanced, but the Lunar looked like it would better accommodate the AC power adapter and other accessories I tend to haul around. I had checked the ASUS ROG forum (Republic of Gamers) previously and the general opinion was that these two cases were both of good quality and big enough to hold my computer and related stuff. I ordered one for delivery on Wednesday (2-day), no extra charge with Amazon Prime.