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The New QTH – A Floating Shack

Archive for January 2010

Condo Rules Rule, Telescope at Local Hamfest

January 17, 2010

Well, kids, even the 2 meter slim jim (and especially the feedline) must go. I was literally SHOCKED by the intensity of at least one neighbor’s reaction (even though he had never uttered a single word to me personally, he nevertheless¬†felt unabashed at flogging my feedline installation in a public forum). So be it. I’m […]

Quarter Wire to Copper Tube Slim-Jim

January 12, 2010

Well, after the hex beam came down (being shipped to the next proud owner – in Missouri), I was left antenna-less, so until the feedline conduit comes down, I experimented with a “quarter wire” (quarter wavelength ground plane vertical whose magnet mount I stuck to the top of a steel air conditioner compressor: Made a […]

Hex Beam Down, But Not Out!

January 7, 2010

Well, gang, the hex beam is off the roof of the ole condo after an amazing few weeks of really good performance, proximity to the metal roof notwithstanding. I’m now looking for a lower profile HF antenna that the neighbors won’t bitch so much about. Saga continues. Could have resisted removal, but we don’t want […]

Angry Villagers Prevail – Awesome Antenna Ostracized!

January 3, 2010

The Condo QTH saga continues… That’s the headline in the soap opera of this covenant-strangled ham. Sucks, to be sure, but not to worry. Where there’s a will, there’s always a way. So I move the ‘shack’ to the boat. Could be a whole lot worse! Yes, the antenna must come down from a terrific […]