Taking shape

They say painting a house is 90 percent surface preparation and 10 percent actual painting.  That’s how a Winnebago roof seems to be as well.  We finally got the roof material (TPO) applied after literally months of preparation.  Before that could happen, the remainder of the direct current wiring was tucked away and lauan plywood was applied on top of everything.

Fun Fact – there are nearly 1,000 screws or plastic rivets within the Radio Nomad roof structure…

After the plywood was screwed down (with over 500 #6 3/4″ screws), fleece tape was applied between the plywood sheets to cover any gaps.  Then, the edges were sanded down with an air sander.  Next, adhesive was applied with a paint roller before the TPO was set on top.  After that, a push broom and sock feet aided the removal of bubbles from underneath the surface.

Now, the actual legitimate fun of installing all those roof accessories can start, which is what we’ll get in to next week!


Musical QGo in Miami

Jorge Rodriguez of La Poderosa, WWFE, Miami sent us this aircheck of their live broadcast of the band Zarabanda with QGoLive doing the haulback to the studio from Casino Miami Jai Alai.  The audio and Jorge’s emoticon say it all:

“I broadcast 2 full 2 hour concerts this weekend using QGoLive 👍”

QGoLive, it’s not just for ballgames, liveshots, remotes, and talkshows!


The quest to finish the roof

Finally, some dry weather to get this roof thing finished.  Progress has been great as we cut and fit insulation, route wires and custom build everything as we go.  Progressing from the back to the front of the vehicle, holes for the rear vent/fan and air conditioner have been cut, and the wiring harnesses have been modified for the new roof structure.  In between the wood is 3/4 inch extruded polystyrene insulation.  Eventually a thin sheet of plywood will be put on top of this, and the entire works will be bonded together.

The air conditioner was hoisted atop the vehicle, and a test fit has been completed.  Since one of the output ducts from the air conditioner was right up against the refrigerator and wouldn’t do much good there, a custom duct attachment was fashioned from sheet metal that routes air into the radio studio/lounge area and ensures air flow even with the dividing curtain closed.

A platform inside the vehicle supported by jacks ensures the roof sections are in the proper place while they are being fitted and screwed down. This also helps crown the ceiling slightly.

The vehicle radio up front has also been replaced with a similar period unit which makes work more enjoyable (can’t live without that cassette player, after all). Plus, it was free.

So, we continue on by leaps and bounds everyday in 97 degree heat!

Football Time at WHPC

It’s that time of year again and WHPC at Nassau Community College was broadcasting the excitement as the Nassau Lions defeated the Georgia Military Bulldogs at Mitchell Field. Here are Dan Morales and Cody Omage calling the final minutes of the game via QGoLive.  By the way 3 of the 5 finalists for Marconi College station of the year are QGoLive stations, WHPC, WRHU and WSOU!

Making progress – Shocking!

Last week’s weather continued to be vexing, so we occupied ourselves with other tasks such as replacing the shock absorbers on the Winnebago.  The vehicle is now benefiting from enhanced stability on the road and in the driveway.  Other tasks included tearing into the radio and miscellaneous wiring.

The start of this week has brought cooler, less rainy weather, so progress has resumed on the roof rebuild.  We’re now in the process of cutting and fitting insulation and installing the direct current wiring inside the roof.  Most of the holes for the power fans and air conditioner have been cut as well.

Pictures and another update on progress coming soon!