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Hurricane Wilma Damage.  120+ MPH winds bent the 2" dia. 1/4" wall Chrome-Moly mast and allowed the wind to get under the windward element and fold the boom over to the other side.  The 15 foot distance from thrust bearing to 40M antenna was OK at 120 MPH but a few gusts came through that really shook the house and I'm sure that's when it went because I'd been watching it closely from the lee of the porch during most of it  ( note to self - download during Hurricane Pix)

 

The repaired XM-240 2 element shorty 40 M beam about to return to its normal 75 ft. height with the F-12 C31XR below it at 60 feet.

I felt a crane was required because I didn't want to chance any balance issues or pieces falling on the tower dog.  I realized during the repair that I a crane was a must-have because my 1/4 acre lot no longer has room to assemble these antennas - we lowered them into a vacant neighbor's yard to do the repairs.

This next is an unusual vantage point - looking down on the antennas, back yard, my sailboat and the canal that leads, eventually to the sea.

Just barely visible is a full size 80M vertical just to the left of the last tribander reflector.  It is within 4 feet of the salt water canal and it really plays well.  There is a matching network at the base for use on 160M.

 

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