This is one of my favorite ham radio memories.
Jack, K6JEB, one of the nicest and fun hams I know, combined with another best friend, Peter, W6DEI and other Diablo DXers have helped me launch wires in trees. This is the Blue Spruce Tree that I just moved my 160M Inverted L top wire to, and the tree is more than 60′ tall, and its base is 10′ higher than the Inverted L’s 41′ mast, but to keep the wire from touching the tree – you have to go out from the boughs, which means you can’t go all the way to the top.
That launch is what got me to Honor Roll on New Years Eve 2013, and that launch was just after Thanksgiving. That launch was for a 40M dipole that ended up being 60′ at the low end, and 70′ at the high end, and which worked Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A for the win!
So – now that I am again closing in on another big DXCC goal (9BDXCC and DXCC on 160M), I wax reminiscently about a tree and a wire!