Climb rate was below 100ft/min. and the belt was squealing above 3200 rpm.
I put up with it and flew with the balloons for 20 minutes climbing to 8000 ft. then turned back to the field. The return was noticeably different because rpms were below 3000, the machine was quiet and I was able to enjoy some of the smoothest air of the season.
When I arrived at Vance Brand there was a light breeze from the south so I flew around the hangers and did a short final to land by the truck. At the last minute I decided to make it a touch and go where I experienced a very long run and very slow climb out. The belt was screaming and I barely had the power to clear the southern fence. This has to change!