UrbanBeam on West Coast 40M Short and Long Path

This is a very interesting test. When I had the Cushcraft D40 up about 45 feet, on the morning Long Path, it beat the DX Engineering DV-40-P consistently to VK/ZL, ZS and all parts in between. During the night time Short Path, the 40M Phased Array always won. Last night – with the UrbanBeam up only 34-ish feet to ZS6CCY, this was certainly the…

ALM-31 Up, UrbanBeam Built

The US Towers ALM-31 The tower is up, the G450 rotator is on top. The UrbanBeam is now completely built and I’ll wait until tomorrow since more showers are forecast for today. I’ll reserve final judgement once the UrbanBeam is on the ALM-31, but I do like it’s design, and the winch crank up and down feels quite nice. It’s very well made and…

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…

ALM-31 Details

US Towers ALM-31 – Photo Courtesy of Andy, AF3I On the base of the ALM-31 is a “clevis” joint, which lets you walk the mast up. I will build a simple base for my very sturdy and reinforced deck. US Towers ALM-31 – Photo courtesy of Andy, AF3I Andy does not use the welded on rotator bracket, so he has it turned upside down….

US Towers ALM-31

Image Copyright US Towers US Towers has a nice crank up aluminum tower / mast that would be perfect for the UrbanBeam. I also saw these up close at Dayton last May, and like the UrbanBeam – it caught my eye. At the time I was still fully focused on DXCC, so these products were put in the back of my mind. Image Copyright…