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Photos from the Antenna Raising

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A photo album of photos I took last week Wednesday (October 7).  We attached the new HyGain TH-11-DX beam antenna to its mast on the tower, and completed assembling the last antenna segment. With much care and attention to safety, … Continue reading

Antenna put to the test.

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Connecting the ground rods.


Hard Labor

Rob taking his turn cranking up the tower.


Rotor Controller in place

Rob installed the PL259 and we made the connection to the rig.

Next we checked the tower manual to see what limits the tower travel.  There was no mention of cranking up the tower other than what to do if travel binds up.


The Old and the New

Just imagine what field day would be like if the antenna on the old 90′ tower was functional.

Tower Update

Cable standoffs installed

Cable standoffs installed

John Morgan had a constructive lunchtime.  We have identified a mast suitable for the antenna that Rob is working toward obtaining.  It won’t blow our budget, but both will need approval at our meeting on August 6th.

An amazing thing happened at the club today!

I’ll start this post with the more mundane and work toward the amazing thing that I learned.  DO NOT skip to the end to read about it now.  Firstly, I found that Stephen (KK4IB) had dropped off the white board and winch lube.


Large white board for displaying awards.

So I was motivated to accomplish something myself.

Mounting Holes Drilled

Mounting Holes Drilled

Thrust Bearing installed

Thrust Bearing installed

The bolts attaching the thrust bearing could still be tightened a bit with the appropriate socket wrench.  I didn’t bear down on them with the crescent wrench I was using.  I hadn’t suffered a heat stroke, so I made use of the can of lubricant to grease the pulleys and gears on the tower and winch mechanism.

Before washing my hands and leaving I was taken aback by a miraculous happenstance.  Instead of getting a large burst of water quickly followed by a less than useable flow, the water fountain was working the way it is supposed to.  This was a repeatable process.  So, long story short, the water fountain is working properly (knock on wood).  Isn’t that amazing? We can cut back on our purchases of bottled water.  If I’m really feeling cocky after work I might even take a green pad and some comet to it.

Fully flowing water fountain

Fully flowing water fountain

Don, N4MSN

And today there was this.

Santa D. dropped off a cork board today.

Santa D. dropped off a cork board today.

The tower base is “clean” and waiting.

It was a beautiful day at lunchtime when the clouds were shading the area and a breeze was blowing.  Unfortunately, little of either happened during removal of the concrete’s frame or supporting 2 x 4’s during lunchtime today.  The base is ready to have the tower attached at the pivot points during this afternoon’s “play session”.IMG_20150715_130844493

In addition we could build the gin pole inside and take benefit of the air conditioned climate.

Gin Pole