Some day, science will give us a plastic owl, mounted on roller
bearings, with an internal magnet aligned
with its beak, so the *owl* will point true north.
> Oh great! So what do I do if I don't have a tower...?
> ================ Richards- K8JHR ===============
> Jeff Carter wrote:
>> >From the ARRL's Contester's Rate Sheet for March 26, 2003:
>> Something we all need to know is an exact method for finding True
>> North. Having observed several in-depth discussions on this topic, I
>> believe that I have distilled the assembled wisdom of many emails into
>> the following guaranteed 13-step process:
>> 1 -- Stack all patio furniture in the garage. No particular reason,
>> just do it.
>> 2 -- Don your tower climbing belt, which must include two gorilla
>> hooks and a positioning lanyard, lots of caribeeners, a Danforth
>> anchor and a planetary gearhead.
>> 3 -- Prepare some epoxy and obtain 200 meters of Thelman wire.
>> 4 -- Use a slingshot, fishing rod, or potato gun to fling the Thelman
>> wire through the top of the tower. Secure it to a convenient guy
>> anchor with a caribeener and a Singapore Sling tied in a Four-In-Hand
>> 5 -- Climb the tower.
>> 6 -- Return down the tower to pick up the Plastic Owl.
>> 7 -- Climb the tower.
>> 8 -- Return down the tower to brief the ground crew and agree on hand
>> signals. Name the Plastic Owl.
>> 9 -- Go to the bathroom and climb the tower again in that order.
>> 10 -- At the top of the tower, scare away the birds by securing the
>> Plastic Owl to the wasp's nest using the Danforth anchor. Attach the
>> planetary gearhead to the Thelman wire using the epoxy.
>> 11 --Clip your positioning lanyard to the gearhead and spin around the
>> tower twice saying, "There's no place like home, there's no place like
>> 12 -- Yell down to the ground crew and have them point to True North.
>> Take the average of the directions in which they point and compute the
>> vector cross-product. You may ignore your estimated direction because
>> you're a scalar. (Sorry, obscure math joke.)
>> 13 - Mark a large "X" on the side of your tool bucket. This is True
>> North and so shall it always be.
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