While waiting for concrete work for the K9ZW-Island QTH antennas, I’ve been using a SteppIR CrankIR antenna.
Typically have used the loudspeaker stand I acquired from SteppIR when I bought the antenna, enhanced with weights to keep the antenna up in wind.
Conditions change so rapidly on the Island that usual the CrankIR is tipped over a couple times during a weekend. I’ve also watched a deer snag the radial pulling it over.
In the middle of stormy weather or during the night when deer are moving isn’t the most fun time to play with antennas. Something had to give.
The property’s previous owner had satellite internet gear on a short mast set in concrete
Cleared the old gear and hmmm…how to fit the CrankIR onto the oversized mast?
the 2 inch OD is too large for the CrankIR and suggestions of hose-clamping a smaller mast to the side or using PVC pipe to make an adapter sounded like temporary makeshift half-solutions.
The mast hade been filled with concrete so that wouldn’t work..
Washington Island Mann’s Mercantile is a fabulous hardware store as well. So knowing that no excuse to go to a hardware store should be passed up, it was to the plumbing isles for a solution.
Working excellent and will come inside with the antenna when we leave. Too heavy for portable use though.
Some people have asked how we travel the six miles of water, and here is a picture going around of one of the ferries. I think Lauren Gordon took it and Susan Ulm cleaned it up.