Church Speakers

churchspeakersI’m the resident Audio Visual nerd at church. Over the years, I’ve slowly been cleaning up and improving the system, but the biggest problem was still the amplifier and speakers. The amp came out of my living room and could barely produce enough power to make the system audible on a busy Sunday. The speakers were tiny and some of them were blown out. (You can see an example of the old speaker on the left side of the photo.) Everything was cranked up as loud as I could get it without feedback or distortion and it was barely enough.

Finally, it was time to upgrade. The only catch was that I had no idea how big of a system we really needed. I didn’t even know how to find speakers that would work with an amplifier. I spent some time learning about resistance, RMS, amplifier wattage, and how to pair an amp with speakers and made a wild guess.

We ended up with a QSC GX3 300 watt amplifier and two Mackie C200 speakers. The speakers are rated for 200 watts RMS and the amp can drive 300 with one of these speakers on each channel. The speakers are mounted to the wall with some simple, custom speaker boxes that I made with plywood, pocket hole screws and black paint.

Our church is roughly 75 feet long, 40 feet wide and 30 feet high at the peak. My hope was to get a system that would be at about 30% total power to get the right volume under normal conditions. I failed that, but the system is still a success. This setup is loud. When the church was empty, I got it turned up about 1/3 of the way and it felt like a rock concert. I seriously wonder if more power could blow out some windows.

So yeah, overkill. But you know what? It feels AWESOME to have a system that really works and isn’t straining to sort of meet our needs. We have had a lot of births in the last five years so church is a lot noisier than it used to be and it’s nice to have the ability to drown out the kiddie buzz if we need to.

Calvary Oktoberfest

beeroktoberfest2016The Lutheran church has a strong German heritage. So when October rolls around, it’s time for Oktoberfest! Our church puts on a pretty good party with everyone bringing homemade German dishes to share. We also had a pie baking contest, a beer judging event and hammerschalgen. Any day when I get to eat a bunch of sausage and taste 11 different beers is a good one in my book.

Fantasy Football – Week 6

2016_week6_drewbreesThe Seahawks are 4-1 after and ugly win against Atlanta. The normally rock solid kicking game had a missed field goal and blocked extra point that nearly cost them the game. The big play of the game unfortunately came from the referees with a blown pass interference call at the end of the game that would have put the Falcons in field goal position. I love the Seahawks but that as a terrible no-call. Nevertheless, it’s a W in the books and that means that “Russell Wilson is 1 win away from his 50th career victory. With a win over the Falcons in his 69th career start, he would tie for the 3rd-fastest starting QB since 1970 to reach 50 career wins, behind only Ken Stabler (62 starts) and Tom Brady (65 starts).” (source)

Two of the highest scores in our league came from the 7th and 8th place teams (Dad and Jim) in their head to head battle. Luke’s team blew everyone away though with three players over 30 points! Logan looks dominant as he extended his winning streak to 4 games. And I don’t want to pick on Tim too much, but have we ever had a team that was in first place get the lowest score in the league two weeks in a row? If he keeps this up for a few more weeks, he’ll be down in the standings by me. Here’s what the Power Rankings have to say:

1. Logan
2. Andy
3. Austin
4. Dad (+2)

This Week Season All-Time
Highest Team Score Luke had 131.52 Logan had 170.69 (Week 5) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Tim had 77.09 Was: Jim had 77.82 (Week 2) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Luke beat Tim by 54.43 Logan beat Tim by 79.46 (Week 5) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Dad beat Jim by 7.77 Tim beat Dad by 0.45 (Week 4) Jim beat Ben by 0.12 (2012)
Highest Scoring Player Drew Brees had 40.60 on Austin’s bench Ben Roethlisberger had 43.90 for Andy (Week 4) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)
Longest Active Winning Streak Logan has a 4 game winning streak Tim had a 4 game winning streak (Week 4) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had an 8 game winning streak
Longest Active Losing Streak Jim has a 3 game losing streak. Dad had a 4 game losing streak (Week 5) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)

Best of YouTube

Destin gets some very cool opportunities as part of his job and the Smarter Every Day channel. Thankfully he shares them with us! I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to pull a loop in a jet but I never thought about the feeling of making the inputs into the plane to get that loop to happen.

It’s hard to not use the Modern Rogue channel as all three of my videos this week, but here’s one of their best videos. Don’t try these at home. Especially if I’m around.

Bob Hoover is one of the greatest pilots the world has ever known. Check out this old video of him pouring an ice tea while performing an aileron roll… and oh yeah, the back of the plane was full of Generals.

Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch is an annual tradition in our house. We’ve visited quite a few different ones but Bob’s Corn is our favorite. They have lots of activities, good food and, oh yeah, pumpkins. Ever wanted to shoot an apple out of a big air cannon? Bob’s Corn has you covered.

This year we snuck in on a day that looked a bit rainy so the crowds weren’t too big. We made the rounds and spent plenty of time watching Elijah ride a bike with training wheels. He’s really eager to get a “pedal bike” but we’re trying to get him comfortable on the Strider and skip training wheels. One of the tricycles was big enough to squeeze onto so I rode next to Elijah for a while and he got a huge kick out of that.

They also have a giant pile of pumpkins next to their barn which makes a great spot for photos…

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