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« on: November 18, 2020, 10:31:41 AM »

Well, just in time for the snow a monster windstorm this past weekend blew some of my pine trees down. This one brought my dual-band dipole with it to the ground. Looks like I'll be off 80 & 40 for a while.


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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2020, 11:10:40 AM »

Sorry Bud...and your greenhouse took a beating as well....Now you can put up that antenna you've always wanted?  Gud luk...Steve
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2020, 03:26:58 PM »

That looks a bit suspicious.  Usually pine trees uproot in a strong wind because of small root area  compared to hardwoods .  That one broke, wonder if it was diseased?

Hope you get the antenna back up soon, I will miss hearing you down here this winter if you don't.
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2020, 05:20:47 PM »



Time for NVIS.


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maybee 6 will open up.

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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2020, 07:35:52 AM »

Thanks Joe! I'm hoping to get it untangled, repaired and up to some level this weekend.

Kevin, I'm listening on 50.400 AM when home and today is WFH day!
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2020, 10:24:51 AM »



I'll try a few times throughout the day. My new overhead garage door is being installed right now, otherwise I'd give it a shout now.

I've got to get a yagi up for six.  The 80/40m Non-fan fan dipole just doesn't cut it all the time.

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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2020, 09:13:57 AM »

I don't know how much this pertains to you BIL but I built one of those 'antenna launchers' using PVC pipe. Like a Poloroid camera, ya just point and shoot. I've hit the top tree limb every time. It take much time to build it and the most money I had invested was the $15 for the solenoid sprinkler valve. The rest was culled from PVC scraps at work and here at home.
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2020, 08:29:18 AM »

Hi Mike!
I use my recurve bow. Puts the line right where I want it. I shoot a 25lb test fishing line with the bow and pull the support rope up with that.

I got the antenna free from the pine tree yesterday and it's up high enuf to use for now. Once the trees are cleaned up I'll put it back up to the 70ft level again.
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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 08:22:56 AM »

Wow, that looks as if it was quite the storm !!!

Sounds as if you're on the path to getting the antenna back up in the air.

At least nothing hit the house.
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« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 12:53:22 PM »

Hi Steve! Other than some of the siding being shaken loose (nothing a few nails won't fix) the house survived well. Yes it was quite the blow! It had other pines bent over 90 degrees at times. I'm fortunate we didn't loose more than we did.

I've got the entire week off after Thanksgiving so cleanup and antenna resurrection should be accomplished intime for the winter QSO activities. Good hearin' from ya!
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« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 03:33:01 PM »

Get er done Bud'ly
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« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 05:54:46 PM »

 It sounds like no one got hurt so that is good.
  We had a 100' oak fall across the yard and right on my 160 dipole and a 4btv. The bucket of rocks tensioning the dipole was 35 feet in the air before I got it down. The btv will never play the piano again.
  Be safe cleaning up!

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« Reply #12 on: Today at 11:35:36 AM »

Hi Bill.....

Wow, I knew I wasn't alone! That was quite the blow in our area.
Yup, no one hurt is a gooder thing!

I call ya every once in a while on 6M AM. Is that antenna still up n runnin'?
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