The Big Radiowavz HexBeam never made it to the top of the tower. As you can read in https://k9zw.wordpress.com/2020/07/20/skyneedle-and-hexbeam-slow-progress-and-other-tasks/, https://k9zw.wordpress.com/2020/10/03/deer-damaged-hexbeam-repairs/and https://k9zw.wordpress.com/2020/12/03/a-change-in-antenna-direction-at-k9zw-home-qth/ the physical build wasn’t up to my environment.
Over the Christmas weekend I dismantled it and started the preparation for storage. Photos were taken to document the areas I hope to improve in the eventual rebuild. In the disassembly a few additional areas of concern appeared, which I will be digging into as part of the redesign.
It was about 20F (-7c if you are Celsius-minded) but otherwise a nice day to work outside.
I have a couple other hexbeams and have started to dig into the hexbeam literature on the web, so I hope to get the redesign done over winter.
Though RadioWavz has gone radio-silent on me, in my research I found they had addressed some of the issues – see https://youtu.be/ybbp_iC7HtU for a build of a smaller RadioWavz hexbeam.
Whether I can effectively retrofit the later upgrades is something I can explore.
Provided the rework is cost effective, there is a chance the antenna will go back up in 2021.
If the costs look to be excessive the “fish or cut bait” maxim will force a decision to abandon this particular Hexbeam project.