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This thread is for information and commentary about our upcoming antenna maintenance. The primary date is Saturday, 10 April, with a rain-date of 17 April.
We aim to kick things off at 9AM, and I will be bringing coffee and fixings for those who request it (that means you need to e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org with your milk/cream/sugar preferences so I can get an accurate estimate on how much to get).
What we want to do:
I'm starting this topic as a pre-event planning topic for a fall workday.
This summer we cleaned up the connections on our HF vertical, apparent with some good results. That's good, but we have more work to do, primarily on our HF beam.
Work to do on the beam and tower:
1. install balun to antenna. This will probably be done by cutting off the old hardware and feedline connection, and perhaps drilling out holes for new mounting hardware. Next we secure the balun (already purchased, I hope), and replace the feedline segment currently in use up to the antenna.
FYI, I've added 2 new pages under the "Club Equipment" menu: Contest Operation and Band Capabilities. These should help everyone (especially new members) learn how we operate on HF and log contacts during contests. Please read through these, especially if you plan on operating this weekend in the ARRL DX SSB contest (see the forum thread for that contest here). The contest operation page has been printed off and taped up in the shack for easy reference as well. Hope to see you there!
The following show which bands we can operate on each antenna. For space consideration I've left out the WARC bands.