Topband: Farming and Ham Radio don't mix too well.

terry burge ki7m at
Thu May 9 14:44:42 EDT 2019

Hi folks,

I have been using the good weather here in Oregon to get quite a bit of mowing done and the thought has occurred to me that farming and ham radio don't mix. With my little Cub ST-100 I cut the 3 wire lead to my big tower that goes to the Comteks 80 meter switch box; caught one of the radials for the K9AY receive antenna; and wrapped up some of the temporary elevated radials I had tried on my Hytower. All because I was cutting the grass and weeds that are up to 2 feet tall or more. I like 'trying' to grow Cherry trees and others as well as grape vines but with only 1 1/2 acres you know I'll run into an antenna some where along the way. Luckily I knew immediately about the Comtek switch box lead and that is a simple repair. The others were obvious right away too. 

Oh well, that's ham radio as some small size farming here in Oregon for me. Loving this weather but of course we do need the rains too. Seems like Calif. and NM have been getting Oregon weather and visa versa. But in Oregon if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change....sometimes.



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