When mother nature decides to give you a wake up call and lets you know that she is the one in control, doesn't it make you feel Humble and P**s you off? So much for the weather forecast . Any way after a freak gust of wind, over it went. The video below is my son making an intial assessment and then stating the obvious! As he is the one who climbs the tower, I have to be careful not to upset him too much, at least until the new tower and the antenna are installed. Above are photo's of the top section of a 60 foot tower and Hy-gain TH 11 buried into my roof, Fortunately it did not damage the house! The following photo's show various stage's of the new 100 foot tower replacing the weaker 60 footer, and then the repaired TH11 installed and another picture with my son Barry fine tuning it The Photogragh at the bottom is my other son Lee who is terrified of heights, but still climbed the scaffold to help. I would really like to express my gratatude and thank them both, without their help I would still be off the "air". Well done lad's the drinks are on your Mum!.
I have the pleasure of operating with my good friend Ron G4DIY from the islands of Jersey, callsign GH0STH, and from Guernsey, callsign GP0STH. We have been operating together since 2002 and over the years we have put thousands of QSO's into our logs, and made a lotof new friends along the way. So we have decided to share some of the photo's of our antenna system and the station with you.
The antenna is a telescopic aluminium vertical which covers 10 mtrs through to 40 mtrs.This is mounted on thegenerator which supports both the base for the antenna and also the ground radials for the counterpoise.
We use on average around 150 ground radials on the ground side of the antenna base, these consist of none resonating lengths of multi core alarm cable which we lay on the ground around the base of the antenna. They vary in length from six feet in length to 30 feet in length. These are of course cut so they are not resonate lengths for the band we are operating on, as they are there to act only as a ground counterpoice.
The station we use comprises of the HF radio which is an Icom 765 pro 2, the linear is a Dentron MLA 2500. The rest of the station is the pwr/swr meter, loud speaker, and dynamic Mike. Hand on heart Ron is the guy who operates the cw side of things, this is because he is much better than me! I deal mostly with the phone side of the operation, but I do help Ron pick out the weak stations in the cw pile ups!!
I have posted some photographs of the rig and layout in the the car we operate from,also some photographs show the antenna, and the counterpoice system.
This is the station that we operate from within the car, the Icom you see in this picture has since been replaced by an Icom 756 pro 2. As you can see we use an old 286 laptop for logging, this runs in DOS which onlytakes seconds to reboot if the computor crashes, where as windows takes too long and we can miss out on a lot of qso's waiting for the program to re-start.
This is the Honda generator that provides the power for all our needs, the red light is supposed to signify danger and warn members of the public to avoid the wires, unfortunately It does not stop dogs from urinating and marking their territory !!
Veiw of the generator, and the veiw of the sea in the backdrop.
Birds eye veiw of the radial system.
Ron G4DIY laying out the counterpoise in a local park prior to our leaving for Guernsey, Brave man (funny looks from locals)
This picture shows some of the radials for 30 mtrs and 40 mtrs. By holding the end lug that fastens the radials to the earth sie of the antenna base, you can walk in a straight line and the cable will lay in the position you can see, they can then be put onto the spool you can see on the generator that we use to pack the radials away for transportation.
I hope you have a chance to work us when we next go to the Channel Islands. Thank you all for calling us and making it a really enjoyable experience. I would also like to thank the staff at the Wayside cheer hotel for putting up with us, thanks to the councillor who believed me when I told him we were seismologists!! And the old lady who thought we were spies and called the police! And the church ladies for the tea and cakes. My biggest thanks go to Ron G4DIY, who make this all possible and puts up with me,and lastl but not least,to the bin men (refuse collectors). You know who you are.