Winter Wonderland – Antennas in the Snow

Wisconsin is always a great place to be in Winter.  Ice-fishing, including Sturgeon Spearing for those so inclined, cross country skiing, sledding, snowmobiles,  snowshoeing, fires in fireplaces… all the great stuff that makes winter fun!

 With it does come some struggles, everything is frozen, you might need to plug in your vehicle, things break from cold, and of course antenna work is pretty rotten.

 This weekend we had a good run of snow, sleet, freezing rain and “winter mix,” which is what the weatherman calls combinations of all of the above.  Only about 13 inches (33cm) of overall snow, but the heavy stuff.  Then we received about 3/4 inches (2cm) of ice and another 2 inches (5cm) of fluffy snow.

Sustained 30+ mph (50+ kph) winds for nearly 24 hours drifted the snow to waist height in places, and the snow plows left chest high plow drifts.

 I was VERY pleased how well the Tennadyne T-8 Antenna (lower 20/17/15/12/10m), T-28 Classic (6m to 1.3gHz) and W9INN Sloper held up.

The angle wasn’t noticed while shooting the pictures, as I was standing in a snow drift.  The sloper is pictured better in this second shot.  It is a W9INN 20/80/160m version that has been an excellent performer.

Antennas received the same treatment as these branches.

 You can see from one of our sons having his jacket open that temperatures are very mild.   They were a great help in cleaning up, with a combined effort reducing the overall snow clearing to just a couple hours of work for each of us.

 Later I may walk through the drifts to see if I can get a good shot of the GAP Titan and the long-wire antennas.

It is a Winter Wonderland!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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