Joe & I went to Raleigh, where W6NWS’s QTH awaited us with some significant tornado damage, all suffered while Larry was over in XV2-land for three months. His F-12 80M rotary dipole & F-12 40M Yagi was both broken by the high winds. The 40M beam was shifted into a Delta Loop configuration by them. The dipole can down relatively easily, but the 40M…well, it quickly & irrevocably, shifted bent ends down & then fell over to one side, not how I had pre-visualized things, nor how I wanted them to go. Luckily, the PVC insulating element mount was then resting atop the guywire (Phillystran), so with some small amount of reservations, I began lowering it. After 3-4 feet, I saw that it was not even leaving a mark on the Philly, so simply let it continue to slide down to the ground, where Larry peeled it off & over on to the ground. He intends putting up an M2 4L 40/30M Yagi atop the 100 feet of 45G.
We then addressed his other issue–mounting an M2 Log Periodic on his other tower, 70 feet of 25G. This beam is a bit large for this small tower, but trying to appease clients is always the name of the game, so we proceeded to work out a solution to get the big LP up & on the tower. Flying (tramming) LPs almost never works well, because if there’s any breeze whatsoever, the large elements at the rear of the beam will catch that wind & the beam will shift, despite having a tiller on the boom. They are best installed from cranes or by lifting them straight up & on to the mast. Which was our solution here. Once the rigging was in place, we removed the lower guys & simply lifted the beam up & over the guy bracket. But during our rigging time, the winds came up & by the time we were moving the beam, they were constant at around 30MPH. So, we re-installed the guys, then climbed & rigged the beam in place above the bracket at 30 feet on the tower. It seemed to ride the wind quite well as we watched while re-loading the truck.
Next trip, finish that, & then rig & tram up the big 4L 40M Yagi using the capstan winch. Then install a little 5L Cushcraft 6M beam above the 40. All this work was greatly helped by the 75 degree temperature, here at the end of January! Who’d ever have guessed??