Shelter-in-Place Journal, Day 175

It was slightly cooler today – the high temperature was only 109.22°F, compared to yesterday’s 109.94°F.

The cooler weather didn’t help much when we saw our trainer today – because of the holiday, the JCC opened an hour later than usual, and we could feel the difference (and the air wasn’t so great, either). Next week, we’ll be back to our usual schedule.

I decided to see if I could improve the stability of my current SDR.COM dongle by putting a heat sink on it. Many people have done that by opening the case and adding a thermal pad, or even by 3D-printing a cooler block for the unit – I went with a lower-tech solution.

It’s not perfect, but I’ve only missed about 15 readings since I put it on at 11am (I get a reading every minute if all goes well); I was missing about half of the readings overnight, and got no data for the three hours we were out of the house this morning with the A/C turned off. Not too bad for a few cents’ worth of aluminum foil!