Also, the finished dimensions are way less than perfect, though for what it’s worth I really did just pick them out of the air; it needs to be wider to provide space for the tripod head, and the 1/4″ hole might need to be a bit off center for the same reason. Maybe I will make a new one this week while I am waiting.
The real reason for the hiatus, though
is the lack of an M4 tap:
I remember checking to see if the hardware store in Sparta had an M4 tap when I was getting the 4-40 one, but didn’t pursue it any further. It was only when I started work on the first loading coil that I realized that aside from minor stuff I could do, work was not going to proceed beyond a certain point until I had that tap. It was the work of moments to order one complete with the matching 3.3 mm drill from Amazon … and then comes the waiting until Friday for it to arrive.
February 23 was the last activation I have done. Never a particular reason, just that every day when I could activate there is something else that requires my attention. Over at QRPer.com today there is a field report from someone who did an activation in the middle of a winter storm in Latvia, so any weather-related excuses I might have fall so flat in my ears that I am not even going to try. Maybe next weekend.