Contest after heavy winds

Looking a bit tired at the contest final...

Looking a bit tired at the contest final…

The first weekend of February was really windy. The rough wind ruined the just finished HEDZ, and nearly nocked down the other antennas. And there was nothing I could do, since I was suffering from influenza. I recovered during the next days, and on Friday (just one day before the start of the contest) Adri PA0RDA helped me to fix the antennas. The main pole of the HEDZ was broken, but luckely it was easy to repair. We checked all pins and guys, measured all the antennas, resoldered an inductor in the 40m matchbox, etc. In the afternoon the antennas were in top condition again, so we could start rebuilding the shack.

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Restauration of my Hy-Gain AV-12AVQ

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Fieldday setup of the revised AV-12AVQ antenna

After more than 40 years of service of my Hy-Gain AV-12AVQ groundplane antenna, of which 25 years on top of an apartment building at about 100 feet, Ernest PA3HCM and I decided that it was time for some refurbishing. The plastic parts were partly broken and others suffered from the heavy conditions the antenna had experienced. — more →