Sunday, May 1, 2011

Saturday Fun !!

ANTENNA PARTY !!!
@
W4TJE


( Click on Pictures to enlarge )


Over the past winter..
My friend Jack (W4TJE)
lost his top yagi ... Literally pieces at a time
over several weeks
due to storms and high winds.
.....
Jacks Qth is located near Fancy Gap, VA
on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Elevation is just over 3000 ft
.....
Jack is using a 3 stack of
five element
15 meter mono-band yagis
 on a 100ft tower
5 over 5 over 5
.....
Saturday we set out to Remove
the top yagi.. and replace it with
a new custom built yagi from
"Force 12"
Saturday was a perfect day for antenna work ...
We Got started around 9:30 AM
Temps were low 60's 
with a light breeze
.....
The picture above shows the tower crew ..
turning the 2nd yagi to a vertical position..
in order to lower the top (Broken) yagi.
As you can see ... the middle yagi
is mounted in a Tic Ring
so turning it was not a problem.
.....
The top 2 yagis are rotatable 
The bottom yagi is fixed on Europe
The picture above shows
the new Force 12 yagi
going up via a tram line.
....
On top of the tower ...
Mike Koontz and his sister !!
.....
The ground crew consisted of
3 people on tag lines 
and
3 people pulling the yagi up
As you can see...
We had a very successful day
the antenna went up without a hitch
and
The job was complete is less than 4 hours
Above is Mike Koontz (left)
and his nephew...wrapping things up.
.....
If you ever need a good tower / antenna installer.
contact me or Jack  for Mikes info.
Finally 
The photo above ....
Shows Jack / W4TJE
Doing his famous Virginia bear impersonation !!
.
.
.

Actually Jack is tying off one end 
of his 80 meter inverted V... 
and showing off his climbing skills !!
.....
We also had a " famous " ham make an appearance on Saturday !!
K4MK / Kent Miller
Mr " DX " Himself
Famous for his St Lucia (J6) DX-pedition
Thanks for being there Kent !!
..... 
Thanks for the BBQ sandwich...  Jack
It was AWESOME !!

Jack is now 
"Radio-Active"

73 de N4LA







2 comments:

VE3WDM said...

Todd, those are great pictures and it's so nice to see hams getting together to help one another.

k4mk said...

It was a fine day and a very successful antenna party, but the only claim to fame by K4MK is that he was the oldest ham there.