DiggerJim, you're a hoot. FTL is fairly far out on the horizon.
Saw three versions of the Earl today. Jon was passing through my town and I convinced him (nay, bribed him with REAL Mexican food!) to have a late lunch with me. We talked for about three and a half hours. I got about 17 solid minutes of Ramblin' Jon yakking about the Earl, the parts, pieces, lanyard, materials, functionality, antennas... it's awesome. Once it's finished uploading to YouTube I'll share the link.
Radio was working on one, but he was having some fun with the prototype SMA antennas. If I'd had my SMA antennas we would have tested it with the radio in my truck. Maybe next time. Till then, enjoy the video.
Jon is still quite passionate about finishing the Earl.