A recently announced DXpedition to Lakshadweep (VU7M) had me briefly pondering whether I might be able to accelerate the Yagi-raising event that has been unfolding around here in super slo-mo.
The concrete base for the tower is now 48 hours old after all…..But, no – I’ve rushed things in the past and it never went well.
Must. Be. Patient.
To give myself the illusion of forward progress, I spent the morning assembling the Hazer. Most of the more negative reviews of Hazers have to do not with their construction or operability but rather with the ambiguity of the instructions and I have to agree – the instructions contain much room for improvement.
Also, the design is not the best and could easily be corrected if the folks at Glen Martin felt like acting on the well-deserved criticism. Simple things like bolt placement…pairs of bolts on 90-degree angled sections intefere with each other and could be offset with no compromise in mechanical strength.
Hard to explain in text – photos (and clarity?) will be posted soon. Or not – after all, it’s not my job to clarify the Hazer’s shortcomings. I already did that (chump-like) with Ameritron’s QSK mod.
Now rotate all the above 180 degrees and you have a good idea of the instructions of Force 12′s C3 Yagi.
I opened it up last night while fantasizing about how loud I would/could be in VU-land if only they had the courtesy to postpone their soiree another month or so… :-)
The manual has full color photos, all element components are bundled together, hardware is top-notch, but most importantly, each and every component of the boom and elements are labeled with “this-goes-into-that” markings. And, where applicable, how far it goes in.
It’s obvious the antenna has been assembled at the factory prior to shipping and that the markings were written or etched into it while assembled.
Putting it (back) together should be a cinch.
My self-imposed deadline for the whole tower-Yagi project is September when the Swains Island DXpedition (NH8S) takes place. Lakshadweep will have to be got with the dipole.
Some photos of the C3: