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Homebrew antenna elevator by W0DLR

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I’ve bought a lot of things in my life that I came to regret but the Hazer for my tower/Yagi is at the opposite end of that regret spectrum. It was money well spent and I’m reminded of that fact periodically. The ability to easily raise and lower my 8-element antenna (and the weather station…

4 hours with aluminum tubes…

Ground-mounted C3!

…results in an assembled C3 Yagi. Actually the boom is still in two parts. The next step is to bring both halves of the Yagi up to the garage rooftop, bolt them together there and mount to the mast. Thanks to the Hazer, the mast/rotor are able to be lowered down to the appropriate level…

Tower up

Yours truly, on the tower

The crane arrived at 8:00 sharp this morning. Exactly one hour later, all was done and the crane was gone before too many neighbors could take notice. I had imagined that the insertion of one section into another would be easier than the sections I assembled on the ground due to having the weight work…

VHF SDR

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A few weeks ago I ordered a Genesis SDR kit which, at the time, was on backorder. This turned out to be a good thing – during the wait, the tower project finally passed the last stage moving from hope to do-able. So I cancelled the order for the Genesis and proceeded with ordering the…

You had me at “Cincuenta” (fifty)

Outdoor labor in July is done early here in Texas. By noon we’ve surrenderred ourselves to the benefits of freon, salt-laced margaritas and good music (heavy on the John Hiatt & post-Dire Straights Mark Knopfler). And DX, if conditions warrant…..tequila-influenced CW skills notwithstanding. My $50 foundation hole has been dug yet some remnant of cognizant (did I spell…

Tower progress

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My tower, thrust bearing and rotator arrived on a truck from Dallas today, right on schedule. But I’m getting ahead of myself… I had been planning to buy both the tower and the installation labor from Ken Lovett KF5KLW of East Texas Towers but an ongoing exchange of phone conversations and emails has resulted in me…