AB-577 and UrbanBeam Weekend

The AB-577 is on its base and will be ready tomorrow to launch the UrbanBeam

It was a very busy day, but I was able to squeeze in some time for taking down the US Towers ALM-31 and replace it with the AB-577 “launcher” base.

The SteppIR UrbanBeam is “relaxing” on the deck arbor – before it goes back up – and higher

The UrbanBeam has been up just over a year, and its worked great. I haven’t used it as much as I had expected – but I certainly will once I get it up to 50′ – because it will open up new paths on 40 and 30M.

I’m not going to use the Yaesu G450 rotator because I only set the antenna on a direction for quite a while – either a DXpedition or just general QSO’s. I took down the 80M vertical today – so tomorrow, when I have my big antenna day – I will put up an interesting 80M wire antenna hanging down from the top of the AB-577. Excluding the rotator lets me use a 10′ double walled mast above the 40′ level.

I was hoping to find a couple extra mast extension elements – but they are as hard as hens teeth to find – so I will add 10′ from a stout SpiderBeam aluminum mast that I have – and so I will get my 50′ no problem. I’ll spray it with black Plastidip – so it will be “invisible” along with the UrbanBeam – hi hi.

Tomorrow will be a fun antenna day – I always look forward to such days.


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