Blown out of Nevada

So yesterday Vivian and I left home and stayed in Carson City. Why? To get ahead of the storm that was supposed to hit Tahoe.

Today, we drive across Nevada with winds blowing in excess of 20 mph. What a trip. I pulled down my Tarheel 100-HP at the start as the winds were making it move too much while I was only driving 35 mph.

Five miles out from Fallon we hear a thud and a metal on metal sound. Thought we were side swiped by one of the many tumble weeds we had been seeing. Wrong… well maybe not but we did not see the culprit.

A couple minutes later we get a tire pressure warning. So we quickly check Google and find out there is a Les Schwab in Fallon. Great possible free repair if we make it that far. Lucky us, get there and the tire is squealing and a whistling and we can actually see the puncture between the treads. 30 minutes later we are back on the road.

Just past Eureka (65 miles from Ely) I notice that my Larsen 144/440 antenna is bent over and not looking good. I pull over to discover that this version has a saftey feature to bend over. I pop it back and pull it off the truck. Only my 220 antenna is now active and I have no repeaters programmed on 220. Oh well.

We did get to scout the Lincoln/White Pine site. It is very accessible on 93. Only issue is that there will probably be no propagation to the west . Those mountains are too close and tall. It is 53 miles south of Ely on 93. About an hour drive.

Off to bed to scout more tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow the winds will die down and I can put all the antennae back up.