[TowerTalk] My First Tower
ken.bauer at mac.com
Sun Jun 30 12:50:48 EDT 2019
Thank you Jim for your very helpful reply which encouraged me to completely change my plans. a) will avoid planning dept like the plague, b) will continue to hang wires in trees, c) for 20, am now eyeing SteppIR Urban beam up 1/2 wave on 20 on low investment tower. (in case it has to come down) Won’t be visible to neighbors. And while the hill rising to the SWW will block Australia and environs, the rest of the world will be available on 20 w 6dbi.
> On Jun 29, 2019, at 10:06 PM, Jim Brown <jim at audiosystemsgroup.com> wrote:
> On 6/29/2019 3:01 PM, Matthew Kaufman wrote:
>> Santa Cruz County is the most difficult permitting in the whole state
>> of California. Good luck.
> Matthew knows whereof he speaks. I live in Santa Cruz county, and every local ham I've met has said to not go near the building dept. With your resources, I would do as much as I could with wires in trees. No permits required. There are people you can hire to put pulleys high up in tall trees, from which you can hang dipoles, which are very effective antennas. I have dipoles at right angles to each other at 120 ft for 80 and 40, and at 100 ft for 30. I have a Tee vertical for 160 with a 100 ft vertical section. In 12 years, I have 163 confirmed on 160, 225 on 80, 276 on 40, and 239 on 30. 20 and 17 are the only bands above 30M with propagation for the next four years, while the lower bands are getting better each year. I would concentrate on figuring out the simplest, least obtrusive way to rig the small 2-el SteppIR. Like not very high in the middle of trees on your property.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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