<![CDATA[NC6B.NET - Tower and Antenna Blog]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:24:14 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Jumping ahead!]]>Mon, 14 Sep 2015 03:24:58 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/jumping-aheadPicture

I  was able to put the beam on the tower my self. It was not an easy task. After testing the beam works great! I bought a Radio Wavz DX160 OCFD to get on the low bands. It work fairly well on every thing but it does better North and South. It is the way I have it positioned.
The beam is an Cushcraft X9 with X940 add on for 40 meters. The positioner is an M2 OR2800 PXAZ and the controller is a Green Heron RT-21. The rotor and controller work great.

<![CDATA[Tower grounding]]>Sun, 09 Aug 2015 19:56:09 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/tower-grounding
I have finished one section of my grounding. I have run a 3 inch copper strap to 4 4 foot ground rods. Then to the box I purchased from KF7P Metalwerks.
Here you can see 2 of the ground rods. I would have like to put in 8 footers but the sand stone wont let me.
Attachment to the ground rods.
Into the box. You can see the Alpha Delta lightning arrestors and Morgan Mfg rotor control.
<![CDATA[In the mean time]]>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:20:09 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/in-the-mean-time
I strung my G5RV to the side of the tower and set my station up in the office, IN THE HOUSE! The station is working well but I still need to ground things.
<![CDATA[THE TOWER IS UP!!]]>Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:18:36 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/the-tower-is-up
I got home Sunday morning. I went over to a friends house to borrow his car trailer to move the tower. I was not going to do anything with the tower till Monday but decide I would call Bill (next door neighbor)  to see if he was available to move the tower into position with his tractor. He was! he came over and in about 3 hours we had the tower in the base plate redy to lift. One problem, I bought the wrong nuts for the bolts, I bought fine thread and needed course. oh well! I went to the hardware store the next morning and raised the tower. The raising was a bit scary for the first time. all the different noises coming from the tower while rasing kind of freaked me out.
Things I need to do now:
  1. Grounding
  2. Ordering rotator and controller
  3. Ordering cables
  4. Working on the beam antenna that was given to me.
<![CDATA[Tower raising fixture]]>Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:16:42 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/tower-raising-fixture
I installed the tower raising fixture over the 4th of July weekend. I have my concerns about this piece. It is a homemade and it has a lot of surface rust. All the welds on it seem sturdy. The winch is rusty and the cable has a some surface rust on it. When the built it they welded the winch to the plate, I wish they had installed it with bolts so it would be easier to replace.
<![CDATA[WE HAVE CONCRETE!]]>Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:14:26 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/we-have-concrete
After many delays the concrete arrived on Saturday 5-30-15 at 7am. The problem was I ordered it for 8am. My concrete contractor, Bob, had not arrived yet. I ran to the phone and called him. He had just gotten out of bed and he is 5 mins away.

I can say in the beginning I had plans to pour the concrete myself. DO  NOT DO IT!! Watching Bob I know I would have screwed it up. The only problem we had was the vibrator did not work so we did not use one. My feeling is the mix was wet enough that it did not matter much.

My form worked as planed and you can see by the picture it is done. I will wait till July 13th to put the tower on it (45 days). I have to water it 3 times a day for 2 weeks now.

<![CDATA[Ordering stuff]]>Mon, 04 May 2015 15:12:28 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/ordering-stuffI have decide to order the concrete on May 22nd or 23rd.I will order 18 yards. I have set up a pad for our new shed so we will pour that at the same time.]]><![CDATA[Ready for concrete! ]]>Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:11:18 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/ready-for-concreteI'm finished with the hole, rebar and form! The base plate is on and secured. The bolts are in the base plate. I have to wait a few weeks till I can pour the concrete, I just don't have the time right now. I have asked a neighbor (Bob French) to help me. He does concrete for a living and is very knowledgeable. I'm getting excited now!!!
<![CDATA[The cage is in the hole!]]>Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:07:45 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/the-cage-is-in-the-holeI was not sure if my neighbors tractor was tall enough to pick the rebar cage up. It was! It was about a 30 min process. We set it in and rebar landed on the concrete pavers in the bottom of the hole just like it was suppose to. I put the form back on and put 2 X 6 boards around to keep the cage in place. Next is placing the base plate on the form and then pouring the concrete!!
<![CDATA[Broken Backhoe :(]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:04:24 GMThttp://nc6b.net/tower-and-antenna-blog/broken-backhoePicture
The back hoe arrived! he started digging about 10am. It fairly easy until the last foot. The sand stone was very hard. He blew a hose about 2. He was almost done, So now I just have to chisels out the corners. The hole is larger than I wanted but it will just cost me a bit more in concrete. Next is getting the cage in the hole and the form.