…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 (about four feet above rooftop) to allow ease of attachment.
The C3 assembly itself went well. No “gotchas” and instructions were clear – dare I say, foolproof. Continue reading '4 hours with aluminum tubes…'»
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 with me. I was wrong!
The crane operator, Juan, was great – he was able to finesse the location of the crane’s boom and the vertical postition of the tower section in the tiniest of increments but I could not get all three of the tower legs inserted simultaneously. Any two, yes – but the 3rd leg was always off alignment by the smallest amount. Continue reading 'Tower up'»
KB9YIG’s 2/4/6m SDR receiver kit
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 tower and all the other necessities. Continue reading 'VHF SDR'»
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 that correctly? Ah, who cares) thought makes me vaguely aware that not everyone is as interested in tower erection (that’s what she said) as I am. Continue reading 'You had me at “Cincuenta” (fifty)'»
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 dropping him like a bad habit. Continue reading 'Tower progress'»
The decision has been made – a 50ft/16m Rohn 25 tower and Ham IV rotator are on order and will be installed here sometime during the month of July.
I have about 5 days to determine which antenna will be held aloft and have narrowed it down to four but the real decision is – Yagi or quad? Continue reading 'A tower on the way; antenna considerations'»