Sunday, June 28, 2020

June 27th

I got a text at 03:05 to say my regulator had arrived at the post office at Corona.  So, just for completeness, here's where it's travelled.

June 23, 2020, 12:35 am Accepted at USPS Origin Facility CORONA
June 23, 2020, 1:50 am Arrived at USPS Regional Origin Facility ANAHEIM
June 24, 2020, 3:35 am Departed USPS Regional Facility ANAHEIM
June 24, 2020, 12:31 pm Arrived at USPS Regional Facility SACRAMENTO
June 24, 2020, 10:11 pm Departed USPS Regional Destination Facility SACRAMENTO
June 26, 2020 In Transit to Next Facility
June 27, 2020, 3:03 am Arrived at Post Office CORONA
June 27, 2020, 11:55 am Arrived at USPS Facility CORONA

Priority 2 day shipping my arse.

Paul was on his way back from Truckee (I'd thought it was a day trip, but he's been there all week), so we met him at Auburn for lunch - he and Chris flew in in their gyros, we rode the motorcycles.

My bike started running badly on the way home, and I think it's the gas that's been sitting in the tank for months.  I'm planning to drain that out and use it in the lawn mower, and put nice fresh gas back in, as it felt like it was running out of gas, but the DRZ usually does that for a mile or so, then runs out of gas.

In the evening I went out to the airport and watched what actually happened with my regulator so I can be sure that the new one will fix the problem. 

At around 2,100 rpm tickover, I was showing under 13v, and after a few minutes, the charge light would come on.  Revving the engine (I was on the ground) to maybe 3,500 rpm, I couldn't get the charge light to go out.  I swapped in Randy's regulator, and at tickover I was seeing 13.4v, going up to 13.8v at 3,500 rpm.  I didn't want to run Randy's plane without him there, so I put my regulator back on mine, and had the same lower voltage, but the light didn't come on.  I figured I'd take it out and see what happened, but the light came on before I'd even got to the main taxiway.  It's a shame, as it was quite windy, and I wanted to see how short a takeoff roll I could do :o)

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