In conversation with WU9P on 20m, I realized I hadn’t posted any updates on the tower project. I’ve take a quick quadcopter video from the house up and over the tower. More details later.
Adam dropped the big 40m beam off this morning. I had been playing in the Minnesota QSO Party and chasing some NPOTA activators, so I’d missed his call. Holy crap, this boom is huge. Getting seriously excited! Still waiting on a couple more RF and control parts. Final order for structural parts will go out tonight.
Prior to the shack-relocation and remodel, I was using a 2-element SteppIR at ~30 feet and a ZS6BKW at ~55 feet. With the move inside, I’ve compromised and I’m only using the ZS6BKW (relocated – now broadside E/W @ ~70 feet with the help of W7ECK). This is about as simple as it gets. One rig, one tuner, one… Read More »
I landed two of this month’s three big DXPeditions (on this side of the planet, anyway). K5P and VP8SGI are now both in the log. I just worked VP8SGI (South Georgia Islands) on 17m. Greyline does magic for the compromise antenna (a ZS6BKW) that I’m rocking @ 500W. I literally cannot wait for The Tower Project to continue progressing (details… Read More »
As I’m sure is true for most hams, since I was first licensed, I’ve dreamed of huge gain at huge elevation (above ground). Imagination pushed the bounds of what’s possible… maybe a local replica of the epic Radio Arcala OH8X 160m beam? A flex mounted way up the tower with WiFi and AC power for remote access? In… Read More »