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PostSubject: Re: 5/8 Silver Rod Installation   5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun May 01, 2022 3:14 pm

Update have antenna up and it survived the bad storm last night ,swr a bit high 1.5 but working on that going to try to raise antenna by another 6ft ,picked up a lot of chatter but no joy yet ,unit is sending as tried mobile and was picking up ,just waiting for first proper contact now5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 20220411
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PostSubject: Re: 5/8 Silver Rod Installation   5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun May 01, 2022 3:55 pm

Did you put tape round the pl250.
Also you might want to tape the coax to the pole (i leave a little bit of slack between the pl and the first tape to the pole.
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PostSubject: Re: 5/8 Silver Rod Installation   5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun May 01, 2022 3:59 pm

Just waiting on tape from ebay and for my boy to come over and get on roof to secure coax for me
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PostSubject: Re: 5/8 Silver Rod Installation   5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun May 01, 2022 11:11 pm

Prolly a little long, mine is only at 6ft AGL and is much shorter with 1.1:1

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PostSubject: Re: 5/8 Silver Rod Installation   5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat May 07, 2022 4:06 pm

Finally completed set up antenna secured and waterproofed also SWR is now as low as a rattlesnakes gooolies5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 20220510

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PostSubject: Re: 5/8 Silver Rod Installation   5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat May 07, 2022 6:13 pm

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Finally completed set up antenna secured and waterproofed also SWR is now as low as a rattlesnakes gooolies5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 20220510

It looks like you didn't fit the radials in the picture.
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PostSubject: Re: 5/8 Silver Rod Installation   5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat May 07, 2022 6:21 pm

Didn't come with any mate
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PostSubject: Re: 5/8 Silver Rod Installation   5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat May 07, 2022 6:29 pm

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Didn't come with any mate

Wow, unusual, ok, depends on the supplier/manufacturer then, you'll notice them on my picture, but also the first adjustment of the first & second section of the antenna required significant shortening between the two.

Anyway, good to see another one up!!!

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Hi Wayne,

I've followed your thread with great interest, so thanks for sharing!  Now, I know that space is tight but, and at the risk of sounding like a complete novice, would it be worth you trying to get it about 6ft higher?

Cheers

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I would love to but we are only tenants else I would have mounted mast on side of house ,in the meantime I'm looking for a longer pole as I'm not getting much joy on sb I went mobile and was picking up base station 8 miles out on am ,bit of trial and error at the moment ,

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Hi Wayne,

I've followed your thread with great interest, so thanks for sharing!  Now, I know that space is tight but, and at the risk of sounding like a complete novice, would it be worth you trying to get it about 6ft higher?

Cheers

Simon.

Hi Simon,

If it were only that simple!!!

I have three issues; first one is I have a lot of other antennas up and space is limited, not just because there's so many bands I want to operate upon, but also if you mount them all too near to each other or the lattice tower, they tend to de-tune with proximity.

Second one is I am trying to be as discrete as possible, so all antenna's are low visibility so's not to upset the neighbours, as it happens any band above 40m / 7 MHz is not ideal for local propagation, and is more useful for DX, so a low power 11m / 27 MHz base antenna might be a little more visible at 20ft tall and cable losses have to be a consideration, as the Diamond V-2000 on the tower reaches a height of about 30ft, I judged that maybe the Silver Rod mounted at 6ft and rising to 26ft, at my hilltop QTH was a good compromise, and adding another 4ft in base support wasn't going to improve matters that much.  In any event I'm also going to be erecting a 26ft ground mounted with 20fx 10m long wire radials Butternut HF-9V with Top Band Resonator, in the middle of the lawn.

Third one is 'er indoors, if she doesn't like the look of it, then a life of earache takes place.

Have to admit I suffer some QRM with QSB on 11m in the very late evenings and night on certain channels even being 70ft from the houses, its not street lights as ours go out between midnight and 5am as the Council saves money doing that, I believe its atmospherics as the Noise Floor builds from S1/S3 QSB in the afternoons, and gets to S5/S7 QSB by the time I switch off, I don't think conditions will improve by raising the Silver Rod another 4 to 6ft.

As regards antennas...

Currently up

A half-wave horizonal (part vertical ladder line) wire dipole resonant at 1.81 Mhz, tuned with an SG-235 for 160m to 10m, together with a Diamond V-2000 + EAV2000 6m radial kit for 6m, 2m, 70cms, and a DPW X-4 vertical dipole for 4m.  All that will be connected to a Yaesu FT-847 via a Triplexer (6/2/70) and Duplexer (6/4).

The above set-up is for RAYNET use for Digital Modes JS8Call or PC-ALE Order Wire.

A DPW X-2 vertical dipole for 2m, connected to an Icom IC-24G for AX-25 Packet.  A DPW X-70 vertical dipole for 70cms, no radio as yet, for AX-25 Packet.  A horizontal dipole made from two Watson HF Mobile Whips for 40m, connected to a Yaesu FT-77, for Pactor.  If this link is not reliable, I'd try either 80m or 160m instead.

The above is to re-establish an AX-25 Packet Node in Shrewsbury.

In planning

A Diamond X-30 for local 2m/70cms FM Simplex connected to a Yaesu FT-90R

A 70cms Co-linear for 70cms Local Repeaters, connected to a Yaesu VX-5R

A 2m Antenna for 2m SSB, using either a Standard C58 + 25 Watt Linear Amplifier + SOTA 120 Watt 144MHz Linear Amplifier.  Initially this is for the local Salop Amateur Radio Society SSB Nets, but who knows what else.

Ground Mounted 26ft Butternut HF-9V + 160m Resonator + 20x 10m long ground radials, plus a Earth Spike, connected to a Yaesu FT-991A for HF DX 160m to 6m.

A 60cm Satellite Dish for downloading real-time encrypted Weather Satellite Data from EUMETSAT.

In addition, 'er indoors wanted a 50 Watt floodlight for BBQ and Garden Parties mounted on the tower, plus a 10 Watt PIR for night illumination.

So you can see that I've had to make compromises to allow 'joint' ownership of my lattice tower, she was even wanting a shelf for drinks mounted near the bottom, not sure that idea has been discouraged as yet.


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PostSubject: Re: 5/8 Silver Rod Installation   5/8 Silver Rod Installation - Page 2 Icon_minitimeWed May 11, 2022 8:51 am

Wow he only asked why you didn't put it up 6ft higher lol.
About time we heard you on the airwaves Wayne more talking less typing lol.

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TheReverend wrote:
Hi Wayne,

I've followed your thread with great interest, so thanks for sharing!  Now, I know that space is tight but, and at the risk of sounding like a complete novice, would it be worth you trying to get it about 6ft higher?

Cheers

Simon.

Hi Simon,

If it were only that simple!!!

I have three issues; first one is I have a lot of other antennas up and space is limited, not just because there's so many bands I want to operate upon, but also if you mount them all too near to each other or the lattice tower, they tend to de-tune with proximity.

Second one is I am trying to be as discrete as possible, so all antenna's are low visibility so's not to upset the neighbours, as it happens any band above 40m / 7 MHz is not ideal for local propagation, and is more useful for DX, so a low power 11m / 27 MHz base antenna might be a little more visible at 20ft tall and cable losses have to be a consideration, as the Diamond V-2000 on the tower reaches a height of about 30ft, I judged that maybe the Silver Rod mounted at 6ft and rising to 26ft, at my hilltop QTH was a good compromise, and adding another 4ft in base support wasn't going to improve matters that much.  In any event I'm also going to be erecting a 26ft ground mounted with 20fx 10m long wire radials Butternut HF-9V with Top Band Resonator, in the middle of the lawn.

Third one is 'er indoors, if she doesn't like the look of it, then a life of earache takes place.

Have to admit I suffer some QRM with QSB on 11m in the very late evenings and night on certain channels even being 70ft from the houses, its not street lights as ours go out between midnight and 5am as the Council saves money doing that, I believe its atmospherics as the Noise Floor builds from S1/S3 QSB in the afternoons, and gets to S5/S7 QSB by the time I switch off, I don't think conditions will improve by raising the Silver Rod another 4 to 6ft.

As regards antennas...

Currently up

A half-wave horizonal (part vertical ladder line) wire dipole resonant at 1.81 Mhz, tuned with an SG-235 for 160m to 10m, together with a Diamond V-2000 + EAV2000 6m radial kit for 6m, 2m, 70cms, and a DPW X-4 vertical dipole for 4m.  All that will be connected to a Yaesu FT-847 via a Triplexer (6/2/70) and Duplexer (6/4).

The above set-up is for RAYNET use for Digital Modes JS8Call or PC-ALE Order Wire.

A DPW X-2 vertical dipole for 2m, connected to an Icom IC-24G for AX-25 Packet.  A DPW X-70 vertical dipole for 70cms, no radio as yet, for AX-25 Packet.  A horizontal dipole made from two Watson HF Mobile Whips for 40m, connected to a Yaesu FT-77, for Pactor.  If this link is not reliable, I'd try either 80m or 160m instead.

The above is to re-establish an AX-25 Packet Node in Shrewsbury.

In planning

A Diamond X-30 for local 2m/70cms FM Simplex connected to a Yaesu FT-90R

A 70cms Co-linear for 70cms Local Repeaters, connected to an Icom ICF 210

A 2m Antenna for 2m SSB, using either a Standard C58 + 25 Watt Linear Amplifier, or a Yaesu FT-480R 30 Watt, and SOTA 120 Watt 144MHz Linear Amplifier.  Initially this is for the local Salop Amateur Radio Society SSB Nets, but who knows what else.

Ground Mounted 26ft Butternut HF-9V + 160m Resonator + 20x 10m long ground radials, plus a Earth Spike, connected to a Yaesu FT-991A for HF DX 160m to 6m.

A 60cm Satellite Dish for downloading real-time encrypted Weather Satellite Data from EUMETSAT.

In addition, 'er indoors wanted a 50 Watt floodlight for BBQ and Garden Parties mounted on the tower, plus a 10 Watt PIR for night illumination.

So you can see that I've had to make compromises to allow 'joint' ownership of my lattice tower, she was even wanting a shelf for drinks mounted near the bottom, not sure that idea has been discouraged as yet.

Thanks Wayne!!  I can see why things are soooo tight in your garden now!!  I think I've also seen a glimpse of my future!...

Cheers,

Simon.

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TheReverend wrote:
Hi Wayne,

I've followed your thread with great interest, so thanks for sharing!  Now, I know that space is tight but, and at the risk of sounding like a complete novice, would it be worth you trying to get it about 6ft higher?

Cheers

Simon.

Hi Simon,

If it were only that simple!!!

I have three issues; first one is I have a lot of other antennas up and space is limited, not just because there's so many bands I want to operate upon, but also if you mount them all too near to each other or the lattice tower, they tend to de-tune with proximity.

Second one is I am trying to be as discrete as possible, so all antenna's are low visibility so's not to upset the neighbours, as it happens any band above 40m / 7 MHz is not ideal for local propagation, and is more useful for DX, so a low power 11m / 27 MHz base antenna might be a little more visible at 20ft tall and cable losses have to be a consideration, as the Diamond V-2000 on the tower reaches a height of about 30ft, I judged that maybe the Silver Rod mounted at 6ft and rising to 26ft, at my hilltop QTH was a good compromise, and adding another 4ft in base support wasn't going to improve matters that much.  In any event I'm also going to be erecting a 26ft ground mounted with 20fx 10m long wire radials Butternut HF-9V with Top Band Resonator, in the middle of the lawn.

Third one is 'er indoors, if she doesn't like the look of it, then a life of earache takes place.

Have to admit I suffer some QRM with QSB on 11m in the very late evenings and night on certain channels even being 70ft from the houses, its not street lights as ours go out between midnight and 5am as the Council saves money doing that, I believe its atmospherics as the Noise Floor builds from S1/S3 QSB in the afternoons, and gets to S5/S7 QSB by the time I switch off, I don't think conditions will improve by raising the Silver Rod another 4 to 6ft.

As regards antennas...

Currently up

A half-wave horizonal (part vertical ladder line) wire dipole resonant at 1.81 Mhz, tuned with an SG-235 for 160m to 10m, together with a Diamond V-2000 + EAV2000 6m radial kit for 6m, 2m, 70cms, and a DPW X-4 vertical dipole for 4m.  All that will be connected to a Yaesu FT-847 via a Triplexer (6/2/70) and Duplexer (6/4).

The above set-up is for RAYNET use for Digital Modes JS8Call or PC-ALE Order Wire.

A DPW X-2 vertical dipole for 2m, connected to an Icom IC-24G for AX-25 Packet.  A DPW X-70 vertical dipole for 70cms, no radio as yet, for AX-25 Packet.  A horizontal dipole made from two Watson HF Mobile Whips for 40m, connected to a Yaesu FT-77, for Pactor.  If this link is not reliable, I'd try either 80m or 160m instead.

The above is to re-establish an AX-25 Packet Node in Shrewsbury.

In planning

A Diamond X-30 for local 2m/70cms FM Simplex connected to a Yaesu FT-90R

A 70cms Co-linear for 70cms Local Repeaters, connected to a Yaesu VX-5R.

A 2m Antenna for 2m SSB, using either a Standard C58 + 25 Watt Linear Amplifier + SOTA 120 Watt 144MHz Linear Amplifier.  Initially this is for the local Salop Amateur Radio Society SSB Nets, but who knows what else.

Ground Mounted 26ft Butternut HF-9V + 160m Resonator + 20x 10m long ground radials, plus a Earth Spike, connected to a Yaesu FT-991A for HF DX 160m to 6m.

A 60cm Satellite Dish for downloading real-time encrypted Weather Satellite Data from EUMETSAT.

In addition, 'er indoors wanted a 50 Watt floodlight for BBQ and Garden Parties mounted on the tower, plus a 10 Watt PIR for night illumination.

So you can see that I've had to make compromises to allow 'joint' ownership of my lattice tower, she was even wanting a shelf for drinks mounted near the bottom, not sure that idea has been discouraged as yet.

Thanks Wayne!!  I can see why things are soooo tight in your garden now!!  I think I've also seen a glimpse of my future!...

Cheers,

Simon.

Even though I have a 2018 Toyota Avensis, with M5 WJF Number Plate, 'er indoors won't let me mount any radio gear in it.  Its my car, and she has her own car, but earache...

So I do have plans for my toy, a 2000 Audi S3 Quattro, which I don't listen to earache over, so its having a roof rack fitted, and a set of HF Horizontal Dipoles for 80m, 60m, 40m, plus a vertical for 160m, plus a Yaesu ATAS-120A for 160m to 70cms (not 4m), via an Antenna switch on my Yaesu FT-100D.  I do have a 4m VHF ex-PMR TRX somewhere, and a 4m Whip...

A 2m/70cm Whip with my Yaesu FT-8800R Dual TRX with Cross Band Repeater function.

Two Icom ICF-210 ex-PMR Business Radios, one 2m, one 70cms, programmed to all UK 2m & 70cm Repeaters with CTCSS tones (128 memories per radio), using a Diplexer to connect them to one 2m/70cm Whip.

Also considering a vehicle mounted laptop for JS8Call/PC-ALE/Packet/APRS, I have a couple of old 2m FM Handhelds I could use for Packet/APRS.

Also have a 4x SDR module to make a new Doppler Radar for 'Foxhunting' DF, although this would be controlled by my Android Mobile Phone, which calculates the route to the 'Fox' via mapping in real-time, giving audio directions like a Sat Nav...not sure whether this is cheating...

After the QO100 Lecture I was thinking Mobile/Portable ATV via Satellite...ha.  Although Streaming via 3G/4G or Starlink is probably simpler and more robust (plus I already have all this equipment for 3G/4G and can even provide real-time subtitles using an Android Phone, and Sign Language on screen using green screen technology*).

So every station is in a state of flux, and mine has to compete with my interests in old PCs, Shooting, Video Editing/Live Streaming, encrypted Weather Satellites... you name it, then life gets in the way, grandchildren, weddings, social events, did I mention 'er indoors?

(*) I still Live Stream Video for Deaf Sport when asked.
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