Goodbye K3 and UrbanBeam

The new KY6R Station The new antenna – Diamond 80/40M Inverted Vee up 60′. The KY6R Magnetic Loop to the left – waiting for me to have the time to finish that project The AB-577 stays (for now) I’d be super surprised if the KY6R Magnetic Loop performs (nearly) as good as the Inverted Vee, but that’s not saying too much. Inverted Vee’s have…

Ham Radio Update at KY6R

Solar Cycle 25 is about to crank up and be on the upward trajectory I had fun designing and building the KY6R Big Mag Loops in January – and I did have a lot of fun using QRP in a DX Contest in February, but its been a pretty lite year as far as Ham Radio is concerned. Now that I am home every…

AB-577 Guying

I was pleased to see that my guying scheme matches the Army’s documentation I have 4 top sections, then a second set of guys, and if I add the last 2 sections – I will add the third set of guys 4 sections up from the bottom. I’ve been watching it in the wind this week – and it looks great. I’m in no…

UrbanBeam Photo’s

The “standard” photo Sitting happy at 56′ We had clouds and humidity today – something rare in Northern California Quite a nice evening . . .  My neighbors pepper tree – these are the first trees in the area to turn color

Very Big Tower and Antenna Weekend

UrbanBeam up 56′ – Safety First ! Each AB-577 section is 5′ 3″, and I have 10 sections in – with two more that I can add. The double walled mast element that the antenna is bolted to is 3′ above the top AB-577 tube. There is no rotator. The UrbanBeam is 48 pounds, and only 30′ wide and 4 ‘ at its boom….

AB-577 Extension Tubes!

Four 5′ 4″ AB-577 Extension Tubes I received the four AB-577 extension tubes today. I feel really lucky to not only find another AB-577, but to also get the extension tubes (plus brand new replacement parts from Ontario Surplus), and I will be back where I was before I sold the previous AB-577 – the only ham radio gear I ever regret selling. This…

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…

The 2019 KY6R Antenna Plan: Simplify

My old dual band Moxon on an AB-952 Military Mast This picture (above) looks more like what the UrbanBeam will look like on my new AB-577 than this Monster: DXU-32 on AB-577 – up 55′ While I am not in any rush, I will soon put up the AB-577 and take down the 40M phased array and the 80M vertical – leaving just this…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Colfax

2019 Dodge Grand Caravan I rented a Dodge Grand Caravan to pick up the AB-577. I fell in love with its ability to fold down the seats and carry cargo: That is an 8′ ladder – the AB-577 is 8′ long I have always had “stuff” to carry – lumber, bikes, etc and never had a car, truck or van to haul the stuff….

AB-577 Redux

My N6BT DXU-32 and AB-577 Military Mast System A few years back I had a giant yagi up about 55′ on an AB-577 Military Mast. When my DXCC “work was done” I sold both. I have had the SteppIR UrbanBeam up just over a year on an ALM-31 crank up tower. Because the ALM-31 is not high enough for 40M low angle DX, I…