CWops Mini-CWT Test - 0300Z Aug 10
Class: Single Op LP
Operating Time (hrs): .75
Total: 88 Mults = 75 Total Score = 6,600
Club: Society of Midwest Contesters
Missed the two earlier CWT today due to tower and antenna projects.
Previous antennas were:
80; vertical wire in tree
40; inv vee at 34 ft.
20, inverted bee at 34 ft.
Spent two days with the "A Team" from Tower Works (Maple Park, IL).
We raised the tower from 34 feet to 84 feet, added mast, rotor, guy wires,
tensioned and plumbed tower, put up DB18e, 6M7, inverted vee, 12 ground rods,
and CAD welding. Those guys know their stuff and work non-stop. I am months
ahead in building the station! There may be time for the big verticals on 80
& 160 this season. My sons sent over equipment for about 200 feet of
trenching which arrived perfectly for the work on Day 2. The weather was
excellent both days. I got my exercise, but look forward to the gym.
I have a new excuse for starting late (started on 20) -- so tired, two charlie
horses when I got up from the couch to go to the shack. Had to reboot
everything a couple times to resolve the "Flex 6000 series on COM 7 is not
responding" error which has started to surface when I add things to the
Coaxes are still outside the window, but I had one jumper for the SteppIR. Too
timid to turn on the amp. My next work will focus on getting cables permanently
inside the shack, surge protectors, insulating the ceiling, and working on
I felt really loud and 20 was so much better than with the inverted vee. It
was easy to hear the weak guys. I will have to figure out which way to point
the antenna, or go bidirectional. The 40 meter inverted vee will move to the
other side of the property once I locate a lot of feedline!
Sincere thanks to N7MB for helping to get ready for the tower days, KE9UA for
helping raise the antenna, KJ9P for all the planning and diagrams, AC9S for
inspiration, K9CT for helping figure out what new technology to use, and K3WA
for testing and figuring out software, and hanging in there when things did not
work and the clock was ticking with a man on the tower. My wife said the tower
is barely noticeable, and wondered why it was not taller, commented on Facebook
that is was like a bunch of holidays rolled into one. (Just wait, honey, there
is more to come!) No concerns about trenching across the front between the
house and shack (needed for ethernet and RG6 cables [Maestro, streaming video
& remote beverages]) One neighbor graciously let me pick some sweet corn
for the tower guys to take home with other veggies from the garden. Another
group of neighbors, came by to see how things were going and thought my
projects were pretty cool. I have been working for months to get to the point
of getting the house in shape and finally getting to focus on building the
station. It has been about 18 months since I had a yagi, but the move has been
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