130414 - We
were back at the project today - working a bit of DX and doing some
things around the project.
Jeff did a major rewire of the Coax Transfer room - cleaned up all of
the patch cables at his station, and fixed up
the cables into the electrical room. Lots of soldering and good
We put in the stainless steel counter tops - not quite as level as Ben
would have - but we got them in. We also
moved the SS BBQ over, and it got broken in tonight. Thanks for
the burgers Ben - they were awesome. Paul
VE7PCA dropped by for a bit - and Mike - VE7ACN was there for the
afternoon and into the evening. Mike had
quite the pileup going - mostly in Russian - he was pulling Russian
speaking hams out of every corner of the
world - I think he was having a great time.
Ben and Paul also worked
on 'straightening' one of the telephone poles - see the pictures below.
130412 - Ben
took a run at getting the BBQ patio installed. Jeff started the
work a couple of weeks ago.
Ben installed the concrete 2 foot by 2 foot square blocks on a dark and
stormy Friday night. Thanks guys.
We'll be adding Stainless Steel counters and moving the BBQ to this
area. Nice job.
130303 - A
few of us got together today - on what turned out to be an absolutely
beautiful day - Sunday
First weekend in March - and it was a spectacular day. We put in a
concrete base last weekend, and Ben
did up the brackets before hand. We got together, and in a
relatively short time, stood up a 75 foot crank
up tower. Here are some pictures.
We had a bit of a work party at the
Project yesterday. Jeff was down there early and had the
coffee on when I got there there around 8:30. Mike Z., freshly
back from Russia and time warped showed
next. Charlie dropped by, and so did Ben, and then Al. The
team got the 40 meter dipole fixed - although
the 20 meter dipole still needs some work.
We built and installed a
160 meter dipole at about 50 feet. Could be higher - but it is
better then nothing.
We did a survey of the site again - as we are planning on putting up a
80 foot rotating tower, a 60 foot
crank-up tower, and a full satellite / International Space Station 2
meter/ 440 mhz system. We have a
lot more antennas to install as well.
Ben, Jeff and Bill checked in on the Public Service net, and we left
Jeff to play radio about 6:00 p.m. Emails
and a conversation with Jeff on his way home confirmed that the 40 meter
and the 160 meter dipole were
both playing well. Jeff made some more changes to the Coax
transfer room, and cleaned up the place.
Thanks all - the project continues to improve and get better.
There will likely be one more work party
before the BC QSO party - last minutes changes, testing, finish getting
the N1MM logging program working
perfectly. Great job guys.
120514 - The
third C Can - Summary of where the
project is today. We have two forty foot shipping containers that
are welded together, opened up inside, and finished with 2x4's, 1/2 inch
plywood and Roxul wool insulation. There is an
eight by eight foot
porch, on the East
side, with a workstation there, and a set of jumpers to move the station
outside onto the
There is a six by eight foot
washroom/coax transfer room (with a composting
toilet). There is
also an eight by eight foot power
which will eventually become a
'rest room' once we stop storing
tools there. We just added a 34
foot shipping container for storage.
There is a kitchen
- eight x twelve foot at the West end of the C cans, which is now about
The rest of
the space is operating space - three workstations, a sitting area with a
gas airtight heater and a work bench area.
The floor has
insulated in the coax transfer and power rooms. The rest of the
floors are now in - 1 inch high density
insulation, and either laminate
flooring or linoleum over 1/2 plywood and insulation.
We ran over 5,000 feet of core line (a
strong plastic pipe) between the workstations and the coax transfer
and as many other places as we could imagine we
would need to run future cables. We have miles of 120
and 220 volt
run back to the power room. There are both 12 and 24
volt drops at each workstation.
There are several battery banks.
amp hours at 24 volts supporting a Xantrex Pro-Sine 3KW
provides pure sine wave, lab quality power to
anything that needs 120 volt). There is 900 amp hours of 12 volt
ni-cad batteries, and 2 x 160 amp hours of 12 volt Sealed
There is a 2.5KW propane generator - used
to recharge the batteries. This whole environment is off of the
grid - not
to mains power. Futures include solar and
maybe, wind turbines.
Bill's workstation is a Flex 5000A
software defined radio, with a SPE Expert 1.2KW solid state amplifier.
composed of a number of Icom radios.
Visitors can either use our equipment, or bring their own.
Antennas - we continue working on this.
We currently have an A4S up about 32 feet (40 - 20 - 15 - 10 Meters).
Above it is
a 6 meter monobander. We have three sixty foot
telephone poles up in the field - about 55 metes apart.
We have an
forty and 20 meter dipole at 52 feet. There is a
multi-band dipole 40-20-15-10 meters. We have a
small 32 foot
up, and we added a 15 and a 10 meter monoband yagi.
addition, we have a monster
20 meter monoband yagi - with
a 40 foot boom, installed.
We have two other Heavy Duty 48 foot towers
ready to be installed, when
gets better and the field dries out, I have the money and my
buddies have the time.
A4S with the 40 meter option was
also purchased and is now installed. We also have a 60 foot crank
a 60 light duty tower and a sixty foot crank up ready to be installed.
There is a 10 meter and a
15 meter mono-band yagis installed. We recently put up a 160 meter
The compound is fenced, and the base is
dry and solid. There is a locked gate at the edge of the compound.
of locks on the C cans, with electronic security.
Futures include video cameras (remote controlled) and remote
120722 - There have been a lot of
little things going on in the background, that start to add up to some
These would include fixing the 80 meter dipole, general cleanup around
the project and prepping for some new batteries.
Here are two pictures that show some new batteries that will be donated
to the project. They are liquid Ni-cads - 192
of them - yes - that isn't a typo. Each cell is 1.2 volts.
Ni-cd type sbh59-2 H 13.8 W 7.68 L 5.95 I believe they
amp hours per battery. If I have done my math correctly, that
works out to about 1100 amp hours at 12 volts.
120514 - Big work party again this
Saturday. The big 20 Meter Mono Band Yagi was hoisted in the air.
through 210 feet of control cables, hard line, thin line heliax, LMR
600, LMR 400 and what have you. We used a Tug
Em machine - made easy work of it.
Long, long day - great friends, a few
visitors and an awesome weekend to work outside. Thanks all.
More pictures to come.
Here are some pictures. They are
thumbnails - so you can click on them for some high resolution pictures.
120428 - Big work party on
Saturday - got started early, and things were looking to track to near
end of day. We
We took down the A3S - it was having some challenges. We changed
the top mast that the six meter antenna
was on, to an
aluminum mast, put the six meter antenna back up and added a 2 meter /
440 vertical antenna. We got
the A4S antenna up late on Saturday.
In addition - we prepared the Southwest
telephone pole - we have pole pegs to the top, we got the rotator base
The top bearing was installed, as was the mast. We are a very
short amount of effort away from
having the 20 metermono-bander being ready to put up. Awesome effort guys - here are
Jeff and Ben - removing the A3S and changing the mast to
A team member up the pole - 53 feet above ground level -
getting ready for the mono-bander
Antennas - antennas - antennas
Gary - figuring out the A4S!
Bill has taken some ribbing about how 'vertical' the
poles were - well I guess this proves it
- the 'thumb vertical' wasn't so vertical!
120331 - We had a work party at
the project on Saturday. Wild, wet weather and wind! We did
get a lot done, and I don't
have pictures of it all. Here are some pictures of the deck - in
but not finished yet. Thanks Mike, Jeff, Al, and Gary. And
managed to work a bit of DX as well. Mike (Mikhail) actually got
to talk to someone from his club in Russia - big smile on
120318 - We had a work party at the project
yesterday. Huge effort by Al, Jeff, and Ben. A lot of stuff
have been cleaned out of the
and placed in the new storage C Can. What a difference. Some
more trenching was done, to improve the water table at the
Project. Three more railroad ties were placed, in preparation for
building a deck on the East side of the C Cans. Here are
inside and outside pictures.
Antenna rotators between Bill and Jeff's
Bill's workstation above
Front Porch - were did all that stuff go