On arriving home from one of our expeditions to Guernsey only to find that the Xyl has painted the shack in a wonderful mint green color, not being one of my favorite color schemes, I decided to repaint it in a much more pleasing and warmer shade of magnolia. or at least that was the plan.
Being ex military I adopted the strategy of if it moves salute it, if not paint it,. sound plan!
I decided to move the heaviest item in the shack, my Acom 2000a amplifier's rf deck. So I disconnect the beast and picked it up to place it in a safe place so as not to cover it in paint. good idea! My chose of of location was the conservatory, so off I go. All was well until I got to the step going into the conservatory, then it happened, I tripped, and away flew the Acom!
It landed on the tiled floor with a loud thud, and I just stood there looking at it., family members run in to see what was the cause of the house shaking noise and then started telling me how stupid I was for not asking for help. Just what I needed to hear at this moment in time .
Time for coffee... �lots and lots of coffee! The next day I contacted the insurance company dreading the hassle and forms, to my shock and surprise it was sorted in about ten minutes! and a week later I took ownership of a brand new Acomm 2000a and was able to keep the old one!
although there is a really good ending to this tale of woe, I was still in the doghouse with the Xyl,this is because the linear broke the floor tile when it dropped, and in the excitement of the positive outcome over the linear, I forgot to ask about the tile. I continue to get grief about it, and in typical style to all OM's , it's on my must do list and hidden under the rug (out of sight out of mind)
let me share some photo's of my.. 5000 pounds worth of "door stop".
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 initial 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 Photograph 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, call sign GH0STH, and from Guernsey, call sign 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 lot of 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 aluminum 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 counterpoise.
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 counterpoise 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 only takes seconds to reboot if the computer 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 !!
View of the generator, and the view of the sea in the backdrop.
Birds eye view 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 councilor 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.....
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