What ever happened to alinging it with the North Star. Look thru the tower
on the south side. Site the N. Star. Make a mark, drive a stake or spray
paint a mark for future
reference. What could be so hard?
It comes from the Cub and Boy Scouts days....or daze!
At 01:57 PM 10/6/01 -0400, Bill Coleman wrote:
>On 9/22/01 3:52 AM, Ted Huf W4ZE at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>>In the process of putting up my new tower, it occurred to me that I did not
>>know where true north was. With my trusty Boy Scout compass, I said well it
>>must be right over there. As one can image, with all these computer
>>assisted radios and rotators, I had better get it right.
>K9AY was helping me mount my A3S a month ago. With Gary on the tower, I
>told him to align the boom with a neighbor's fence. I knew from the platt
>that the fence was within 3 degrees of North/South.
>Gary later came down off the tower and grabbed his compass. Here in GA,
>we are very close to the Agonic line (where magnetic variation (aka
>declination) is 0 degrees). He commented that you couldn't get the
>antenna aligned any closer.
>I kidded him. "Come on, Gary, this antenna has a beamwidth of 60 degrees.
>Do you think it really matters?" He agreed.
>As it turned out, my rotator wasn't set to North as I thought. It was set
>about 15 degrees off. Oops. Oh well, the annenna has a beamwidth of 60
>degrees after all....
>Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: email@example.com
>Quote: "Not within a thousand years will man ever fly!"
> -- Wilbur Wright, 1901
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