Category Archives: Tower work

June update 2019

June was a lot of trying to pull cables for the new shack, adding the surge disconnect switches, repairing the tractor and making parts for friends and neighbours. I am hoping that I will be able to get the shack moved during my vacation which is 5 weeks beginning on July the 8th.

SM2UVU helped me changing the top guy lines of the 160m vertical since I don’t have the nerves to do it. I rather spend a day at 60m height in one of those towers compared to 1h in the 160m vertical. I changed the lower set last year but now I discovered the top rope I had was not UV-resistant which I thought it was…so we were forced to change it now. Now it is guyed at around 25, 17 9m which should be sufficient enough.

January update 2019

The month of January was mainly getting stuff organized in the workshop. I built a material rack to get all material from the floor so I can use that space better. I also managed to get the CNC to mill some and also tried exporting some code from Fusion 360 to use on it and it seem to work properly (spoiler, it does work).

I also spent some time trying to fix the 80m vertical for the 4-SQ but in the end I gave this up because of my energy being low and the snow that came made it very hard. So this will be done in the spring instead. The station is undergoing a makeover anyway since everything is being moved out into the new building.

Workshop updates and visit from England

Hi,

The coming updates I guess will mainly be involving the updates of the progress building the new workshop. I also have another problem regarding the 160m vertical where I need to change the lines and its urgent. I have temporary supported it by a wire line at 14m so it does not threat falling over the guy wires for the 160m tower, but some of the lines are really in bad shape and should have been replaced a few years ago. Now I have ordered plastic line from F2DX and will replace it.

SM2XJP also had visit from M3AFF and M0SHF for the second time. Now they stayed at my neighbours house which is about 3km from mine and spent some time helping me, eating good food and playing on the radio. It was very fun and I sure do hope they will come more times.

Inband work and new towers

I worked a lot before CQWW CW and managed to get most stuff operational. We had quite fun even though propagation’s sucked big time. We had 1/3 of the score from 2014 but the inband test was a success even though we had a bit of phase noise issues when both towers were beaming US. In most other directions the problems were surprisingly small. Especially on 40 and 80m there were no problems at all to come quite close to the run frequency.

SM2VTS called me a while ago and said he knew of four 14m high freestanding light towers, something I had been looking for for the planned move of the 80m 4-SQ. I gave them an offer for them and they accepted it. SM2UVU was very kind and said he could with help of his friend with a truck with crane, take them down and transport them up to SJ2W. They also had 16 pcs of Metal-halide lamps of 2000W each, I will put one or two up at SJ2W to light up the yard when needed. When SM2UVU arrived there he instantly said “These are not 14m, they are probably 20m” and he was correct. Kind of perfect for an 80m 4-SQ but they are almost too good for it, but since they are conical the only use for them except 4-SQ is a small 20m tower, which is not much use. I am almost starting to consider a 27-30m high vertical 4-SQ for 160m 😉

I need to update the site with the results from CQWW SSB and CQWW CW, but I have the scores at SJ2W. In the SSB part there were a guys of contesting “rookies” of mixed ages and even though conds were horrible they seemed to have fun.