Happiness is pulleys on each side of the mast ( top of mast shown above right.) It's just a bunch of 4 foot military mast, the kind you see at all the hamfests. More below.
Most days I run this station with some kind of wire antenna, usually a 40 meter wire vertical or an 85 foot center fed (ladder line) dipole. The IC-718 has been replaced with an old IC-706 which is used for digital modes (mostly JT65) and occasional excursions to 6 meters. The FT-1000 (with all the D mods) I use on SSB and CW. I am always experimenting with antennas so generally have a third antenna in the air for evaluation purposes. Not shown (but see below) is a Ten-Tec Triton IV which I enjoy using..
Station notes: The SP-930 speaker has a bhi DSP module wired into it. The computer system is a Dell refurb running Windows 7 pro.
The Triton IV and power supply in the picture above is a 1970s relic, one of the first 100% solid state rigs. Found it at a swap table and was pleased to find it needed very little to make it work right.
The military mast is supported at the base by a tripod made up of, guess what, more military mast. The metal tripod fitting came from a long time eBay seller of fiberglass and aluminum poles. Each leg of the tripod has 2 fiberglass sections. Then the smooth walled aluminum sections slide up through the tripod. I can feed up around 10 sections solo and 12 or 13 with a helper.
I guy it about 60% from the top with dacron line. This time around I put a couple of marine grade pulleys at the top so changing out antennas will be a snap.
Field Day 2010 with the Thomasville Amateur Radio Club (former QTH)
Original Novice License - we had only a year to upgrade back in the day, I became WA8NAZ in April 1965 and have been licensed continuously since 6-30-1964
Harvey (RIP) liked radios - former QTH and shack in Coolidge GA
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