[TowerTalk] something *really*completely different..andsimple... (True North)-

Richard M. Gillingham rmoodyg at bellsouth.net
Sat Aug 26 21:28:06 EDT 2006

Can ducks make verticle turns?
True virgins make dull company.

Some things we never forget.

Gil, W1RG
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eugene Balinski" <eugeneb at nni.com>
To: "Mike, K6BR" <noddy1211 at sbcglobal.net>; "'K6XN'" <k6xn at comcast.net>; 
"'Robert Chudek - KØRC'" <k0rc at pclink.com>; <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 8:13 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] something *really*completely 
different..andsimple... (True North)-

Pilots remember it this way:   east is least (subtract the
Mag declination) and west is best (add).   Just a quick way
to remember.

    Gene K1NR

On Sat, 26 Aug 2006 12:21:52 -0700
 "Mike, K6BR" <noddy1211 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Ted,
> It might be worth adding that your example will be the
> opposite for folks on
> the east coast with a minus declination. If the
> instructions are followed in
> the link below, it will be possible to know your
> declination, if any by
> entering your zip code.
> http://www.thecompassstore.com/decvar.html#
> Mike k6BR
> Bob and Team
> Here at my location in California the magnetic
> declination is approx 17
> degrees. I simply point or adjust my rotor controller to
> indicate 17 degrees
> and adjust the antenna(s) to point *Magnetic North* using
> a military
> compass. It seems to work just fine every time for every
> antenna and rotor
> combination. When I rotate my antenna to point true north
> according to the
> rotor controller indicator it then points to true north.
> Thereafter my
> rotor/controller/antenna ensemble pretty accurately
> points where I want them
> to point. Simple but it works...and works well. Try
> it...great for Field Day
> operations and mountain top VHF contests too....!  :-)
> GL and 73, Ted, K6XN
> -----Original Message-----
> From: towertalk-bounces at contesting.com
> [mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of
> Robert Chudek - KØRC
> Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 8:03 PM
> To: towertalk at contesting.com
> Subject: [TowerTalk] And now for something completely
> different (True
> North)- was Re: Mast -- Drill or not?
> HEY!!! Did I hear someone asking how to determine "True
> North"?!?!?!?!?  It
> was kinda hard to hear over the S-9 Hoot Owl thread and
> +20 dB generator
> noise right now... :-)
> As everyone knows, there's been enough threads regarding
> finding "True
> North" to weave a fine pair of socks... But that aside,
> you can use Goggle
> Earth to determine "that direction" using their tool to
> zoom into any
> location in question. The map defaults to N/S
> orientation.
> I verified my antenna alignment by picking a known object
> a half mile away
> from my tower. In my case it happens to be the east side
> of a church down
> the road. Not all areas on earth have been mapped with
> high resolution yet,
> so this technique might not work for everyone.
> Credit goes to my late father who taught me this "lining
> up" technique when
> we were fishing on Mille Lacs Lake (about 27 miles
> across) locating specific
> fishing spots. This in the 1950's, way before GPS.
> 73 de Bob - K0RC in MN
> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 09:01:21 -0700
> From: "Michael" <noddy1211 at sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Mast -- Drill or not?
> To: <wa3afs at inav.net>, <towertalk at contesting.com>
> Message-ID: <000d01c6c85f$b62c9060$0f01a8c0 at Mikes2>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> http://www.thecompassstore.com/decvar.html#
> Try the above link to work out your Declination, there is
> a link on the
> site to a calculator.  I doubt you would be as much as 30
> degrees off
> true north, I am 18 degrees here by SFO.
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