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Post by Slim Pickins » Monday, 15 November 2010, 8:34 AM

Gotta fly back to work today for another couple of weeks. Two weeks in the middle of nowhere should give me time to think about what kind of beam I am going to get. Right now I think I am leaning toward a Yagi on the flat with a vertical above it. I want to go with an aluminum vertical again because I have been so happy with the one I had. I have seen some 5/8 vertical groundplane antennas with short radials made by Sirio but I am only beginning my search. Probably end up with a 4 element beam because we get a lot of wind here and anything much bigger scares me. Then again.....what about a cubical quad???

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Post by 626 » Monday, 15 November 2010, 13:54 PM

Good choice. Personally I like quads. Not sure how having an omni above a quad will affect the radiation. Quads can be touchy about metal in their proximity. Also thinking that you might not need a set of radials on a big metal tower.

Going bigger then 4 elements is a point of diminishing returns. You will get more gain but, progressively less so.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Monday, 15 November 2010, 21:39 PM

There are just too many choices. Good thing I have time to decide. By the time I am ready to stand the tower I should have everything figured out..,.yeah right.
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Post by Slim Pickins » Monday, 22 November 2010, 16:12 PM

Thought I would throw in a pic of where I live when I am working. Last night it was -40 Celsius

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Post by yMidnite » Monday, 22 November 2010, 16:51 PM

I don't know what -40 is in F, but I know that a - F is cold, so -C is beyond cold (putting it nicely).
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Post by Slim Pickins » Wednesday, 24 November 2010, 16:22 PM

I think -30 is the point where the 2 systems meet, so - 40 C is a little colder than -40F. It'll get worse
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Post by Slim Pickins » Wednesday, 01 December 2010, 17:38 PM

Home from work for a week. Hoping to get a little work done on the tower. Hopefully the wife dosen't have too big of a to do list for me. I will post pics if I make any progress.
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Post by Slim Pickins » Monday, 06 December 2010, 5:01 AM

Well back to work today and no progress on the antenna/tower situation. Oh well 2 weeks at work then I am off for 3 weeks over Christmas. Hopefully I will find some time then. Still have the mobile though so all is not lost
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Post by DanTaylor » Monday, 06 December 2010, 9:23 AM

um that was a fast week?
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Post by Slim Pickins » Monday, 06 December 2010, 10:10 AM

It sure was
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Post by Slim Pickins » Tuesday, 14 December 2010, 16:29 PM

Just bought a Yaesu FT101E. Can't wait for it to come.
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Post by Night Crawler » Tuesday, 14 December 2010, 19:20 PM

If you don't know about it already here's a site that has information for the older and newer Yaesu rigs.http://www.foxtango.org

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Post by Slim Pickins » Wednesday, 15 December 2010, 7:50 AM

Thanks Nightcrawler, good link with lots of valuable info. It will probably be a couple of months before everything is up and running but I am really looking forward to using this rig
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Post by Slim Pickins » Wednesday, 29 December 2010, 13:31 PM

Ok, the last couple of months have been hard on radio gear around here. Dropped the groundplane while trying to put it back up and broke off the radials :icon_e_sad: . Tried to drive the front of my truck into the garage to fix the wipers during a rain storm and snapped off my Predator 10k :cry: . Talking skip today on my Realistic TRC 457 and all of a sudden no output :pale: , tried 3 mics and 2 meters...nothing.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Friday, 31 December 2010, 8:17 AM

Well I replaced the busted 10K with a 3' Firestick which was all I could get locally. Looks real nice :icon_rolleyes: . And, I got my Yaesu FT101E in the mail this morning. It is in really good condition and has all the crystals including 11m. I took a few pics with my Blackberry and will post them as soon as I figure out how. Can't wait to get this thing on the air.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Friday, 31 December 2010, 16:21 PM

Ok, here are some pics of the new radio
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Post by 626 » Friday, 31 December 2010, 18:06 PM

Congrats Slim,
That is a great looking rig. Im glad it finally got there.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Friday, 31 December 2010, 18:40 PM

Thanks **NON-SPONSOR**, now I just gotta finish getting it all set up and try it out
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Post by Night Crawler » Saturday, 01 January 2011, 9:25 AM

If your interested in replacing the Analog Readout with a Digital Display add one of these the cost is around $50
http://www.aade.com/applications2/app2.html#FT101
http://www.aade.com/manuals/DFD2-101.pdf

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Post by Slim Pickins » Saturday, 01 January 2011, 11:13 AM

That looks like a pretty nice feature to add on. I might give it a try once I get the new tubes I need and get the rig up and running properly.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Saturday, 15 January 2011, 10:41 AM

I finally wrote the exam for my Ham license today. I now have all the same privelages as a US General license allows.

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Post by 626 » Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 18:44 PM

Congrats on the License. You said that you have all of the same privileges... What is the license called?

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Post by Slim Pickins » Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 20:16 PM

There are only two classes of license in Canada. The Basic and the Advanced. To have HF privalages you have to score over 80 on the basic exam. The pass mark for the Basic exam is 70 and a score between 70-80 will give you vhf/uhf/6m privalages. I have HF privalages because I scored 97 on the exam. I think the next one I will work on is cw. That is, if I can get some internet here at work so I can practice in my spare time. Not gonna try that on this darn Blackberry.
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Post by 626 » Tuesday, 18 January 2011, 20:50 PM

that seems like a much more simple way of doing it

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Post by Night Crawler » Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 11:43 AM

Slim Pickins wrote:I think the next one I will work on is cw. That is, if I can get some internet here at work so I can practice in my spare time.
Here's a good site for cw practice at level 6 it generates a QSO with questions at the end of it that's how it was done at the FCC office years ago when I took the test so probably that's the way it's done in Canada now.
http://aa9pw.com/morsecode

You could also listen to code practice on your Yaesu here's the ARRL Schedule and Frequencies.
http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule

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Post by Slim Pickins » Thursday, 07 April 2011, 4:42 AM

Picked up a rotator from a local ham yesterday. Not sure if it is a Ham II, III, or IV but it is made by CDE. I have read online that you need to remove the bottom plate on the rotator and the model and date of manfacture are stamped inside. Here's a couple of pics

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I tested the rotator on the bench and it seems to work well. Full travel and no odd noises. Brake works and everything seems tight, no play in the gears or anything. Only thing I found wrong so far is the on/off switch on the controller doesn't work so I had to jumper it to test the unit. Easy fix though.
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Post by drdx » Thursday, 07 April 2011, 5:21 AM

Looking good there. It looks like a III or a IV, based on case size, and my foggy memory. I had a III and it looked just like it and the tailtwister is a bigger unit.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Thursday, 07 July 2011, 9:43 AM

Finally. My tower base is being poured tomorrow. I will post pics later. Building formwork and setting the hinge up base today.
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Post by Slim Pickins » Thursday, 07 July 2011, 15:32 PM

Ok, tower base is in
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Hinged base on bottom section
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Formwork
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rebar in
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Bottom section installed. Ready for concrete. I formed the top 2' so that the exposed concrete will be a 4' x 4' square. The bottom half is about 6' square because the hole is dug a little oversized. Overall it is about 4' deep so this should be enough to hold the 48' tower according to the manufactuer's website. I also have the bracket for bolting the tower to the wall or roof of my garage just in case.
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Post by Slim Pickins » Friday, 08 July 2011, 9:40 AM

Tower base is finally poured.
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Next time I come home from work I will install the remaining sections and the safety grounding hopefully.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Monday, 11 July 2011, 14:07 PM

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Here's a pic of the bottom section hinged down. I should be able to bolt the rest of the tower together and install the rotator, mast and antennas pretty easily. I figure I will use an electric winch to raise and lower the tower when I need to. I also have the support that ties the tower in to the eves of my garage roof so it will be supported at about 16' up as well.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 18:06 PM

Tower is standing. I put the vertical on a temporary mast just as a trial run. raised and lowered everything with an electric winch I bolted to the back of my garage. Worked very well I am happy to say.

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Post by 626 » Tuesday, 02 August 2011, 19:30 PM

Slim...
That is really cool. Great pics. I appreciate the update.

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Post by Slim Pickins » Wednesday, 03 August 2011, 4:06 AM

Thanks **NON-SPONSOR**, I am so happy to finally have the tower up. Next job is to get the shack built.....it never ends!

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Post by Slim Pickins » Tuesday, 09 August 2011, 18:06 PM

The beam is on the way....I bought a gently used tri-band HF beam for 10-15-20m. a TH2-MK3 by HyGain. I am hoping I can use it with my tuner for 11m. It is a fairly compact beam which is what I was looking for in my location since we can get a lot of wind. I figure that being about 75' above sea level and 50' more to the top of the tower I should be ok. I am only a few hundred feet from the ocean so I am pretty well in the clear in most directions for a long way.

Thursday, 03 January 2013, 14:49 PM

The Slim Shack is almost complete!


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Thursday, 03 January 2013, 18:42 PM

Not sure why it added my last post to a previous one.
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