KY6R Antenna “March Madness”

Two 60′ (18M) Spiderbeam verticals will go up next weekend – this weekend I will be laying down the last radials and installing the DX Engineering DV-80-P phasing boxes, feedlines and control cables. Since we are “Springing Forward” this weekend, I will most likely take down the 160M Inverted L later in the week after work – we will have a lot more light which will be great. I will also complete the UrbanBeam wiring this weekend and finishing the sweep tubes next weekend.

The weekend after that, the ALM-31 will go up. The SteppIR UrbanBeam will already be laying on my trellis on the deck waiting for the crank up tower.

This means I will have my next phase antenna farm up by March 25 – if anything gets delayed the following weekend – April Fools.

No joke!

On another note – there are two antennas that have stood the test of time – the DX Engineering DV-40-P 40M vertical array – which has always played way better than expected, and the same thing for the two Wellbrook ALA-1530LNP’s phased through the NCC-2. I have literally years of antenna testing, and given my small lot and my DXing goals – I view my backyard as a sort of “antenna lab”. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed the last 12 years here in Orinda. Yes, being here with Kat is the main reason – and her support of my wacky hobby is a major part of my happiness. She thinks I’m nuts but tolerates me.

There always has been and always will be something special about antennas in my own back yard. Its a feeling that unlike work or school – where you pretty much have to follow the rules – in my back yard I can try anything I want at any time and feel like “the master of my domain”. While others have derided using remotes – my thing is using the stations and antennas that I have built. My QTH is not good for antennas, but I make the best of what I have. If I built my own remote as Mike, KJ4Z has, I would be equally proud using a station that I built – in fact – adding in the remote control even ups the ante. But I do like being able to change it any time I want. Maybe its one tiny benefit of owning property in this crazy state.

I think the main reason why I enjoy antenna “futzing” is because I know that the antenna is the gateway to the magic ionosphere – which lets me travel the world in my cozy radio shack. I guarantee you President Dennison is nowhere near as happy as I am.

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