974 – Gadget stick Crisis

The one thing that stays with me on my morning walks all year round is my gadget stick – in reality, my photo tripod, christened gadget stick by G6RTE Joly. I invariably take it with me on my morning walks. However, tomorrow will be an exception. I won’t be carrying it tomorrow.

The tripod has a ball head with a quick release plate. The problem is that the QRP is coming loose. I had noticed it a couple of days ago but it has steadily got worse to the point that I released my phone from the bracket earlier than I would normally because I was worried about falling off smashing the phone.

The QRP is held in place by what hope is a screw, and not a rivet. If it is a rivet, that means a new ball head. If it is a screw that can be tightened then we are good to go. two problems came to light; the screw / bolt has the same fitting as the ring doorbell, it’s a strange star shaped arrangement. Unfortunately, the ring screwdriver is just a bit too small.

I’ve ordered a set of what I now know (courtesy of 2E1PHW Pete) to called torq fittings not hugely expensive. They are due to arrive tomorrow, so I am hoping that the gadget stick will be back in operation Thursday morning.

Published by Bill

I just want to write, but I prefer to stay away from controversial topics like politics. I am happy to confess that at the moment, I am writing for me. If you enjoy my writings, and I hope you do then that is all the better.

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