I am forwarding this interesting idea from
one of the DX reflectors. Be careful though,
I understand that wet T shirts don't offer any
uV protection. Tom N4KG
In a message dated 6/8/01, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Subj: [dx-list] Hot Weather Antenna Kit
Date: 6/8/01 11:10:58 PM Canada Central Standard Time
From: email@example.com (Ted C Davis)
We live in the Northern part of the Sacramento Valley in
California. July and August temperatures routinely get up to triple
numbers with 106,108 even 112 or 116 fairly common. We put on long
shirts when it gets all the way down to 101. For some strange reason
seems to be the time when the local dxers choose to do their most
extensive antenna work.
We have devised a manually operated cooling scheme for work on
the really hot days. The REALLY hot days are when the little local
lizards turn over on their backs and blow on their feet. Just a few
essentials are needed. A bucket of cold water or a nearby hose. DON"T
the water out of the hose until it has run for awhile. Wow it can be hot
as anything! Now an old T shirt and a large sponge the larger the
And lastly an old baseball cap. Sounds simple right?
Oh I almost forgot. Also wear a pair of shorts and don't leave
anything subject to water damage in the pockets. Like your credit cards
for example. Ok you ready for this?
First take the T shirt and soak it in cold water. Then put it
This isn't easy. It's COLD and that wet
material really clings! Now take the sponge and thoroughly soak it in
cold water. Get it as saturated as possible. Have the baseball cap in
hand. Put the sponge on top of your head. YOU HEARD ME!
Place the baseball cap on your head. Be careful and get things all lined
Now your cooling unit is in place. The water in the T shirt will
evaporate giving a pronounced
cooling effect to your upper torso. When your head gets too hot just
reach your hand up to the top of your cap and push down. A word of
warning here. Too big a push can result in a very large release of water
which escapes the confines of the cap getting glasses, face, ears and
other parts wet. Not good when at the fifty foot level on the tower.
my teachers always said "practice, practice".
There you have it. An inexpensive, efficient cooling kit
assembled from readily available parts.
73 and Keep Cool,
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