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Discussion in 'Station & Mobile Pics' started by Blackcat630, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. 6meter

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    That tower represents a lot of your hard work and I hope brings you a ton of good DX. :)

    Also just to be clear not trying to be snarky about your project..

    Just looking at the wind load of the antenna plus including the wind load and weight of the mast and coax. Also thinking about two yagis that can torque the tower from side to side in the wind. Then the roughly 14 foot of mast above the tower and the 24 foot Imax gives a lot of vertical height for the tower to hold against wind.


     
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  2. Blackcat630

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    No "snarkieness taken" I appreciate your observation. I have considered the house bracket as a future project before the summer storm season arrives. One good thing is usually all the winds we get come out of the west so if it ever did fall it would come down on my house and not my neighbors. I would HATE to see this happen however so some structural reinforcement is definitely something to consider!
     
  3. Strictly Business

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    I'm one who appreciates attention to detail and I have to say I'm impressed with yours. Very nice looking setup all the way around.
     
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  4. my2995dx

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    Looks good i know i have to fix mine this spring it rusted through all 3 legs that are cemented into ground but there is enought to weld it just got to fiqure out how I want to do it
     
  5. Sonar

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    Excellent job my friend. The cement looks smoother than a baby's ass. The fact that you topped off that wonderful looking behemoth with a IMAX 2000 says a lot for that antenna. Excellent excellent excellent job. Congratulations. Nice station setup also. I have one of those boomer amplifiers. 4 x 1446 Palomar branded. Most if not all 11 meter amplifiers get a bad rap and rightfully deserved, but my experience with it has been very good. I use it for a backup. Never get any complaints as far as splatter or RFI to the neighbors. I once owned 4 of them. Sorry I sold 3 of them. I should have held onto two instead of one. You did a great job and I hope you are enjoying the fruits of your labor. 73 PS my iMac is about 7ft off the ground and I don't envey but surely would love to get my 2000 at the height of yours. Half the height would suffice but it's not possible. I'm happy with the 7ft. I could've been using a patio dipole at 3ft 8n height and am sure people have exactly that.
     
  6. Blackcat630

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    Bummer! I have seen the install of tv antenna towers where they concreted the base even with the surrounding ground. Water then pooled up at the legs. Over time this rusted out the tower. Always a good idea to pour the concrete and have it raised up above ground level. Take 4 2x4s nail them together around your hole as a form.. Anyways...hopefully you can get something figured out. Good luck
     
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  7. Blackcat630

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    Thanks sonar! The cement turned out pretty good...wouldn't put say it's that smooth but it works. My buddy's dad is a brick layer and we had our pick of a variety of trowels. I realize that the Imax is not the best 11m vertical available but I needed something that will stay together at height and I like the fact that it's broadbaned. It's nice to have the ability to switch from horizontal to vertical on the higher hf bands. On 11m I have guys spread out in about a 30-40 mile radius and I have no problem chatting w them barefoot. I appreciate your comments. 73
     
  8. ISLAND MAN

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    very nice setup congrats 73
     
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  9. Mike Hannahs MH261

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    That's one heck of a set up, I am planning on installing a tower soon as I get enough green saved up to buy one, I'm going to go 40 feet I believe but I'm unsure, I to have the bearcat scanner you have I'm looking at antennas for that and I have a a99 antenna but I'd like to get me a beam as well I'm new to this world so I'm learning about this stuff, I always thought people used a99s or something similar then I hear everyone on radio talking about beams and I'm over like what? Hahah thanks for posting this up its going to help me out
     
  10. Sonar

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    You did state that you are a newbie. I am a newbie and always will be as far as technically speaking. My interest in learning is very limited when it comes to radio communications. I will say this. A bean is not anything like a vertical a 99, IMAX 2000, Maco 5/8 wigs etc etc. It takes someone with a bit of knowledge to not only install it but adjust certain aspects of what beam and Tenors have that put up and talk in tennis don't. Gamma match etc etc. Stick with a vertical if you want to enjoy the hobby without ripping your hair out. There are Multi Band verticals available and even the IMAX 2000 and a 99 for that matter will operate I believe 10 11 and 12 and possibly 15 with an antenna tuner. I'm assuming if you're a newbie and you get your ham ticket you will be getting your technicians license first and then after a while of studying go for and hopefully get your general class. The general class will allow you much more freedom to travel around the HF band. When that happens you will need different antennas or a single decent antenna with a tuner either built-in or externally attached. Beans are great and I would probably give the tip of my right Pinky to own one. No room and way too much maintenance. If your working DX or locally with your A99 stick with it for now. You will enjoy the hobby without getting old quickly. Beams are very complicated antenna systems and with little knowledge can become a nightmare and make the hobby very cumbersome.
     
  11. Mike Hannahs MH261

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    Thanks for the info and advice I'm definitely new to the radio world, I grew up around radios my dad was a huge radio guy, right now I'm just using a cb radio on 11 meters, it's a cobra 23 plus that was givin to me from a guy at work, it's a good clean sounding radio to, it's a stock radio with the modulation turned up some, I get good reports back never had a bad one yet, you are definitely right about sticking with the set up I have is far as a antenna goes, I'm not wanting complicated things added to the hobby I just want to set up and play so I'm glad you told me this because I would probably rip my hair out and said forget about it, I am thinking about the ham thing, I was given a connex radio with the ham bands on it, I've never yet heard anyone talking on those frequencies but I'm sure they are out there, I listen a lot for ham operators to talk for fun
     
  12. Needle Bender

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    LOL, Are you using a voice to text or a text autocorrect program?

    I'm sure "and Tenors" is obviously 'Antennas' as is "in tennis" :LOL:

    I'm curious what "and tenor" your using ;)
     
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    If your Connex radio has SSB, look between 28.300 and 28.400 usb, that is where the most activity is.Look when you hear a lot of skip on 11 meter, 10 should be open. Just remember you need a license before you can transmit there.
    Rich
     
  14. Mike Hannahs MH261

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    Thanks Rich, I definitely won't be talking there without the license to do so I don't want the hams coming after me, they earned their spot there and I respect that, I do not have ssb on this radio I wish I did for 11 meter I want to play around on ssb I've never even used ssb before
     
  15. Sonar

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    The voice to text on my j7 sux. I have to begin reading my posts/replies before touching the Post reply option. Lazy I guess. My tenor is an imax 2000 (Luciano Pavarotti model)
     
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