I did a similar thing a couple of years ago in order to run a BOG
abandoned farm behind my property. Never doing that again!
The following season I set the mower deck to maximum height on my lawn and
garden tractor and drove thru the same field of six foot high weeds and
thorns ( and assorted ticks ). That worked a lot better ( and much safer
What I learned was that the BOG works well when laying directly on the
ground, but was worthless when draped over weeds.
GL es 73
Lloyd - N9LB
From: Topband [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Mark
Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2019 2:48 PM
To: Mikek <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com
Subject: Re: Topband: BOG questions
OK, my wife now is convinced that I have a screw loose in the brain
somewhere (she had plenty of evidence before but decided to give me the
benefit of the doubt until today)....I just spent an hour in the hot North
Carolina sun, wearing jeans and a heavy winter jacket so that I could wade
through 300 feet of neck-high thorns and nettles and tamp those down so I
could re-lay the insulated BOG wire.
I do this for three reasons:
1. I want to confirm the theory that growing grass/weeds around the
installation 11 moths ago have compromised performance
2. A nearby lightning strike Friday night wiped out something in my HiZ
4-square receiving array, and I refuse to use the 160 meter inverted L for
receive, even though this is a quiet QTH.
3. Even at my age of 55, I find sudden surges of energy when involved with
I shall share my observations as the nights progress, while I
investigate/diagnose/repair/replace the damaged parts on the HiZ array.
Mark Lunday, WD4ELG
Greensboro, NC FM06be
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