I have a 160m Inv-L, feed against 40 buried radials 125 long. The vertical component is parallel to my existing tower, tapering from a wide (~15 ft) space at ground level to a narrow (~4 ft) space at 77 feet above ground, then heading away from the tower for another 40 feet.
I have a very tall (~100 ft) pine tree at the edge of my property, north by northeast from the tower at a distance of 175 feet. I’m thinking of using the pine tree to support the vertical component, and going to an elevated radial system.
This is an interesting read about elevated radials:
11/24/2004 | W5WZ Our family was on a camping trip to Daisy State Park on Lake Greeson in Arkansas. I had hoped to spend a significant amount of time in the contest. However, as my first solo portable operation, it wasn’t as successful as desired.
I brought an fan dipole for 80/20, and also a trap dipole for 40/15. But, I didn’t bring any soldering irons or antenna analyzers. The 80/20 antenna was up about 25 feet, on the east side of a steep slope near the edge of the lake. The 40/15 dipole had an unknown problem; it wouldn’t tune up anywhere. So I gave it a shot with only the 80/20 antenna.
My station was an IC-756 ProII, a laptop with NA by K8CC for logging and rig control, with the requisite Heil proset and footswitch, all on the picnic table at the campsite.
My family had other plans for the camping trip; as much rain was expected, during the non-rainy periods I was expected to be with them. The first evening, the temperature was falling quickly ahead of the rain, which soon followed, so I packed up and went to bed in the RV. With 4 kids under age 7 in the RV, indoor operating was not going to happen on this trip.
The next morning, it was very damp and windy, so I decided to set up in the cab of the truck. With the 756 on the dash, laptop in my lap, the passenger seat was mighty comfortable. The kids provided plenty of interruptions, along with the nature hike and my turn at cooking for the family, so once again operating was not the priority. After all, this was my vacation! I did learn that an automobile bucket seat should be considered for an operating chair.
My operating position had one heck of a great view! And the rest of the trip was beautiful, too! — W5WZ
“10/31/2018 – Paul Bittner, W0AIH fell 60 feet from the Strum tower (40m). (It was) a beautiful day and he wanted to get ready for SS SSB. No services information yet obviously and the shock has still hit me. Please pass the word. Thanks.”
I last saw Paul at Dayton 2017 with my daughter Jordan KF5GDJ. K8CX took a great photo of us. He was a kind man, always pleasant to be around.
A late Sunday afternoon QSO with W7IFG on 2018-10-08 via 20M USB yielded an unexpected surprise! I had just completed a previous QSO with intentions to QRT for supper. W7IFG asked for a quick QSO, and I obliged.
Scott told me (his name is also Scott) that he had a QSL card from W1AW/5 that listed me as an operator during the ARRL Centennial QSO Party, and he also knew that the two QSOs on the card were made with me, because he had asked for my home call sign. We briefly discussed how much fun the Centennial QSO Party was for all the participants, then signed off.
The following Friday, Oct 12, I received an envelope in the mail from W7IFG. I was quite surprised to find not only a QSL card for the recent QSO, as well as the original W1AW/5 card!
QSL from W7IFG for QSO with W5WZ on 2018-10-08 20M USB, and QSL from W1AW/5 for QSO with W7IFG on 2014-11-xx on 17m USB, with W5WZ as the W1AW/5 operator.
Bands were terrible; lots of noise. And that was before the thunderstorms! Never was able to run on more than one band.
Watching Contest Online Score Board made the progress interesting – N5ZO was chasing us down, narrowing our QSO lead to only 16 at one point, and in the last 20 minutes came up with some multipliers to move ahead in total score.
Whew! That was a long 12 hours. 500 QSOs less than our January effort.
Posted using 3830 Score Submittal Forms at: http://www.3830scores.com/
My elmer, Jim W5LA will be teaching a General Class Ham Cram on July 27,28. If you or anyone you know is interested in being in the class, go to w5la.net/general/ for more information and to register for the class.
Registration is required so I can know how many are coming.
I realize the time is short so I need you to register and pay as soon as possible so I can order the General Class study guides.