Monday, July 18, 2011

Perpetual Energy

While the grammar police were combing our previous reports, the Lost Island DX Society was sending a group of representatives to Washington, DC to see if we could help break the impasse on the debt ceiling. Or barring that, see if while distracted by budget issues we could sneak a request for permission to land on Navassa Island (KP1) past the Fish and Wildlife folks. Sadly, the answer is still 'no' on both accounts.

While attempting to find the back entrance into the Capital building, where we hear their cafeteria has a dynamite Francis Scott Key Lime pie, we came upon a sight which set us back on our collective heels for a moment. On the grounds of the Botanical Gardens at the foot of the Capital building sits a windmill that never stops turning. Despite the lack of any wind, this windmill turns continuously. We stopped and observed it for quite some time, and it continued to turn, again, without any evidence of natural wind.


Our delegation sought out one of the groundskeepers of the Botanical Gardens to ask about this miraculous windmill, thinking it must be motorized. Nope, we were informed, the windmill runs off of wind only. The secret is its location. Being at the foot of Capital Hill, it has an inexhaustible supply of hot air to power it, day and night.

Once informed of this, the answer was obvious. So, what does this have to do with Big Gun DX'ers and Contesters? Easy. Every Big Gun station has a similar, though smaller, supply of hot air available. If windmills could be installed at these stations in the proper location, it should be possible to generate enough power to supply at least one Alpha for the contest weekend. Green technology - it's not just for Al Gore anymore.


  1. Are you suggesting people take politicians on DXpeditions? We already invite them on Field Day, but I guess the locals don't provide as much hot air per pound when compared to the House/Senate/White House. :)

  2. Politicians on DXpeditions?! Heavens! The thought curls the edges of my message form pad. While the hot air might be useful for those Arctic and Antarctic DXpeditions, the Pacific DXpeditions usually don't need any extra. I'm trying to search my brain for another use for them. Antenna anchors? Dummy loads? Armstrong rotors? Any other suggestions?

  3. Looks like one of them GAP antennas to me -- next to broken, faded, abandoned Big Wheel tricycles, about the smartest lawn ornament known to man.