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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs…not Steve, but work, labor, earning a living…

A wrap up or narrative of some recent tower experiences… Far West TN, at WB4YDL’s, where the primary focus was to replace the non-working Prosistel 120-ft, no longer turning his big F-12 620. Turns out, an adapter plate I’d made, … Continue reading

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This was a week that was…

All right…while the weather was a worthwhile topic of convcrsation across much of the USA this week, it was doubly so for those of us doing tower work. Things go off to a hot, dirty, & sweaty start in N4IZ’s … Continue reading

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Surprise, surprise, surprise….as Gomer used to say

The old Dodge Dakota was just super reliable–going to 333,000 miles, when I finally decided it was time to let go. Joe, KI4TZ, bought it & it’s still going strong. The only things ever done were oil changes (ever 3000 … Continue reading

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Sad Day in Happy Valley…

Met up with W2GD in State College, PA, where we’d been previously, but were rained out, doing the takedown & dismantling of K3CR station. Two Yagis remained, both 20M OWA designs (48-ft booms), one around 150-ft & the top one … Continue reading

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Labor Intensive…

That describes the month so far. Joe managed to get back up to NC, coinciding with the VHF contest at AA4ZZ, so we’d planned a variety of client jobs. Wanted to finish the install at K2XN first. Hardest part was … Continue reading

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Shades of April…although it’s May~!

While it’s really May, April is supposed to be the cruelest month (according to T. S. Eliot), & we suffered through three days of increasingly bad rain up in Ohio, certainly dampening the enthusiasms of the many hams at Dayton … Continue reading

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Pretty Happy in Happy Valley

This week found me & climbing partner W2GD in PA, where the work was to dismantle & take down the K3CR station, at Penn State University. Trustee WA3FET used the site extensively over the years for antenna experimentation, & he … Continue reading

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A Simple Plea….let’s see if it has any effect~!

It’s not uncommon for me to receive an email query like this: “My name is Bob & I need a 40-ft tower installed in my backyard. What would this cost?” Naturally, one has to respond to this sort of thing. … Continue reading

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On The Road….to KP4!

At last year’s Dayton Hamvention, a contingent of KP4s made a plea that I attend the ARRL’s  Southeastern Division Convention, which was also going to be the Puerto Rican National Convention, & give a talk about tower work. Flattery got … Continue reading

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Holiday wishes…

I was surprised today to receive two holiday “greetings” emails from blog readers. Both mentioned my Mother’s passing earlier this year, both asked about my XYL, both offered simple best wishes for the Xmas.  Each was the kind of thing … Continue reading

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