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Tilt-Over Support for 43′ Vertical

I took the two grandsons up to the Ranch in mid-June to help with construction of the 43′ vertical tilt-over support. The idea is to be able to easily tilt the vertical down to a “stowed” position before I leave for an extended period of time. It shouldn’t hurt to have that capability in case […]

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WAS Progress from the Ranch

I’ve been working on a Worked All States Award from the Ranch.  All contacts for WAS must be made with your station within a 50 mile radius  to count towards the WAS award, so only contacts made from the Ranch, but not Mesa, count for this. Anyway, I have contacted all states from the Ranch, […]

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Field Day 2010 Operations

Conditions were generally not as good this year as last.  We found that the settings for the antenna tuner that we made last year were still completely valid.  The only problem we had was when we had the 160 meter switch turned on for 80 meters at one point, which may have led to some […]

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Field Day 2010 – Preparations Part 2

We first tried using the Receiver Noise Bridge to check the antenna operation, but could not get reasonable nulls an any band.  That was our first sign of trouble.  After hooking up the radio and the bias-T connections, we found the operation of the vertical pretty dismal on all bands.  We hauled out a battery […]

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Field Day 2010 – Preparations

For Field Day this year, we had 3 members to our group.  John (WB0WHO), Ken (KF7FAM) and Randy (WB0SMX).  We needed to finish up the installation of the 43′ vertical that we hoped would complement the operation of the 135′ doublet that we used last year. We brought along the 80/160 meter matching network and […]

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