In a message dated 10/5/2006 7:44:33 A.M. Central Standard Time,
And the fact that we in the U.S. LOVE deed restricted communities
I think we need to accept the challenge of deed restricted contesting. I
fear the degeneration of contesting to merely one multi-op superstation
another. The small single-op players are vitally important to the future of
I've had a great contest experience for the past 13 years from a CCR
neighborhood. I use #22 and #24 wire for my antennas. Hardly anyone notices,
since there is no visual impact, nobody seems to care.
I got smart and finally installed roof shrouds with 1.5-3" openings.
Now,from the attic, I can push black PVC and/or fiberglass masts (in 4'
up through the shroud opening. I put the feedline inside. For day-to-day
operations, I keep the antennas less than 10' above the roofline, but I can
raise them quite a bit higher for contests if necessary. A roofer installed
two shrouds (about $5 each) for $30, and did it in about 20 minutes. I had
already cut a couple of 3 inch holes from inside the attic with a power jig
I can also now do most of my antenna work inside the attic. This same
technique could be used for vertical arrays, and I intend to install phased
verticals in the attic for the upcoming cycle, about 8-10' will stick up out of
roof, so it will be a semi-indoor antenna. I have a neighbor who loves phone
contesting, I'm encouraging him to do what I've done.
Anyway, those who play in contesting are hooked, deed restrictions needn't
be the death knell of our sport.
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