The snow storm

Last Updated on Sunday, November 14, 2010 9:22 PM Written by N1WQ Sunday, November 14, 2010 9:20 PM

Friday night we got the first snow: 7 inches of extremely sticky wet stuff. Overnight it accumulated everywhere, including the beam and both wire antennas, and of course completely detuned them. On Saturday morning the center of the dipole was as low as 10 ft above the ground, so heavy it was (one of dipole ends has counterweight system allowing such movements). Using long pole with the broom at the end I cleaned up the dipole and lower part of the sloper. I have to do this one more time later that day. The sloper then worked just fine on Saturday night. The beam stayed detuned until Sunday morning.

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The storm

Last Updated on Friday, October 29, 2010 6:16 PM Written by N1WQ Friday, October 29, 2010 2:47 PM

In the beginning of this week we got pretty strong storm. It lasted for about 40 hours, with non-stopping winds around 30mph, and the gusts upto 50mph. It was scary to watch staggering tower for the first time, as well as see the beam tortured by strong winds. I was not sure whether this little antenna can survive the storm.

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