120121 - We had an excellent work
party at the project today. Jeff was there first - opened the
place up - heat was on. Bill
got there next - after his usual
Saturday a.m. breakie with his buddies. Gary was next, followed by
Al. Ben arrived later.
Jordon showed up to write his exam,
with his dad Doug. Dave E. was there and John M. showed up late in
the afternoon for
an hour - after work.
We got the Cushcraft 5 bander off of the
tower. We tuned up the 10 meter antenna, and got it up on top of
the tower. The
new 15 meter antenna was built, and put up on the
tower as well. Al 'McGuyvered' a mast - out of 21 feet of
galvanized steel pipe. He then put a piece of 2.0 inch
pipe on the outside of it, with a flange attached to 10 inches of the
2.0 inch pipe. A flange at the top of the pipe, with a swivel
pulley, and we have a fantastic way to assemble and test
The full plan is to bury another pipe in concrete, and have this pipe
fit into it. For now, we have it attached to a
This really speeded up our ability to safely test antennas - and in most
cases one person could do it alone. In
addition, it gives us a
safe place to store antennas before they find their final mounting
The following are pictures - I've done
them in reverse chronological order - so the newest are on the top.
Also remember that they are thumbnails - you can click on them to see
the full size pictures.
Al's plan - and boy did this work out well as a
prototype for testing Antennas and
temporarily storing them - one person was able to raise and lower the
antenna by them self
and the antenna was at a comfortable height to work on it
The inside of the 32 foot container I just purchased
for the project. It came with floor to ceiling
steel shelving in it. Will be an excellent addition to the project
Coax transfer station - More antennas!
The following are Gary's pictures of the day's events