Between April and June 2003 I had a Trylon 56' T300
tower installed with a Cushcraft X7 tri-band antenna. Work was done
primarily by Don VE3EVZ and the able assistance of Vic VE3FOX, Jim
VE3JCD and Don. Of course, Don VE3XD also assisted in the process.
took two days to dig the hole in heavy clay. The length of time was
mainly due to rain delays which turned the clay into a slippery mess
that was impossible to work in.
dry hole at last. After digging we had several heavy rain falls and
it was necessary to cover the hole with plastic to keep the
rain out. This was only
mildly successful as wind kept blowing the cover off.
bottom section of the tower is on the legs buried in concrete. The
concrete is several inches below the ground level and will be
enclosed in a frame and covered with landscape stones. The concrete
needed a week to cure before erecting the rest of the tower.
I'm waiting for the new tower and antenna the old Cushcraft R5
vertical was mounted on a broomstick in the backyard courtesy
of Robert VA3RKJ. Actually used this antenna for a 15m SB and 20m SB
effort in the CQ WPX CW contest.
tower building day arrives. Don VE3EVZ and assistant Don work their
way up the tower while Don VE3XD and Vic VE3FOX shout encouragement
from the ground. We also provided drinks and tied the rope to each
section to be hauled up the tower. Tough work but somebody has to do
are getting there if only the rain will hold off. This spring all I
needed to do to get rain was to schedule a tower session. Sorry
about the dark images but those were really threatening clouds. Only
one more section to go.
up goes the mast. A very heavy 12' former steam pipe or so I'm told.
Extra loops on the rope made sure it didn't come loose on the way
up. No safety helmet would help with that baby.
Don's. Are you ready for the beam? Sure looks big down here but 56'
up it will shrink in size. Boom length of 18 feet and longest
element of 37 feet and 60 pounds total weight.
a minute. This isn't a moon bounce antenna. And the director is
point to the ground toward China. Always wanted to work BY but not
more like it. See how much smaller it looks up in the air. At
least that's what I told anyone who was concerned about the size.
The tower previously had a TH-11 on it by the former owner so the X7
does look smaller.
Eventually the sun shines again. Isn't that a work of art?
Does DX pretty well too.