A lot has been happening at the Island QTH in addition to the ongoing Garage Building project.
For quite a while I’ve been using a CrankIR Vertical or a DX Engineering Hexbeam at the Island QTH.
As it will be a couple months until a tower is up, I moved the Hexbeam from its 55-gallon barrel “tower” to an old satellite dish stand on the “utility side” of the property:
Not best location at maybe 6 ft elevation and still dependent on an “Armstrong Rotor” (Manual rotation) for directional control, but is the very quick time I was on the air it works just fine.
Report received were excellent, and even at this low height the receive sensitivity is noteworthy.
I was only on the air about an hour and made under two dozen contacts, as the weather was far too fine to be on the radio.
Wonder how I could add a mobile HF setup to my recumbent bike without adding 30 pounds of weight? Hmm… that way I could do radio while being outside and active!
Back to reality, I had many chores I wanted to knock out this weekend, and Alison KC9MPL joined friends for some boating while I did weed & ant duty chores, snapping this photo of the Islands Bluffs (these are in the North East part of the island, we live on the North West coast which is different):
The tower on the bluff is used by one of the broadband providers (they offer their flavor of Motorola’s Canopy System).