There is going to be a website that will give your declination relative
Magnetic North in ZL, I would go with that. In California here finding a
strong station and adjusting the beam would be futile as the signal maybe
following a crooked path. In California we are pretty much at 18 degrees
off Magnetic north, so it would make a difference to make the adjustment
You government is sure to have a website, but if not any serious
website in ZL will have True north relative to your position. Even my
manual shows true north so you can set the car compass.
From: TowerTalk [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2012 5:04 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Calibrating antenna direction and using chokes with
I finished building my antenna (UltraBeam UB-50) and installing it on the
tower yesterday. Everything went reasonably smoothly.
I tried to align the boom with true north before bolting it to the mast,
the result seems to be off by at least 10 degrees or so. I'm familiar
the techniques for determining true north (although Polaris isn't visible
ZL), but I'm wondering if it's possible to do a more accurate calibration
measuring signal strength from a strong broadcaster with a known location
and a near-constant signal strength, over a range of azimuths. Then use
center azimuth between two equal near-nulls on either side of the peak as
the calibration point. If this is viable, any suggestions for good
to use as a target? Does frequency matter?
What's the Best Practice with regard to using common mode chokes on the
feedline coming from a beam? I grounded the shield at the tower and again
outside the shack, with a lightning arrestor as well at the latter.
Can't say I'm too happy with the way my rotator loop came out. I wrapped
around the mast on top of the thrust bearing, but the TB has some bolts
stick out. Hopefully they won't grab or scrape the coax too much.
I also have a UHF connector on one segment of LMR-600 that didn't seem to
onto a barrel connector as well as it should have. They are odd
that have a very snug rotating collar, rather than the kind I'm used to
have a little up-and-down give in the direction of the cable. The center
went in roughly 4 or 5 mm, but the collar hung up after only about two
turns. It's very snug (too snug), so I think the threads may have
I'm reluctant to take it apart now, though, since if the threads are
crossed, I may never get it together again, and it's a long segment of
LMR-600, which I don't have the tools or skills to replace connectors
myself. TDR on the line looks OK, and I did some TX tests at low, medium
high power, and didn't see any problems. I imagine I'm just asking for
trouble if I don't fix it, though, right?
73, Rick ZL2HAM
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