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The Tower is UP at the Radio Ranch!

With help from Frank (Annie’s Father), and Ted’s (Authority Tree Service) bucket lift,  the Universal tower has been raised.  On top, the hex beam (6, 10, 12, 17, 15 and 20 meters), below, two Comet VHF/UHF verticals.


The assembled tower before antenna installation

Tower assembled

The hex beam was assembled on the ground and attached to the mast.  Stand off brackets were bolted to the tower and VHF/UHF antennas were installed.  The rotor cable was run into the shack and tested.

tower & antennas

The bucket truck arrived and the key was getting the bucket up to about 70ft above the tower base.  We attached a pulley at bucket height and a rope to the tower, and slowly raised it to vertical!

bucket truck

The tower in place and ready.  Now working on grounding systems and coax runs.

RR tower

Antennas and Tower for the Radio Ranch

The tower has arrived (Universal 21-50), and the main multi band HF antenna is on order.  After much consideration and research, I ordered the KIO Broadband Hexagonal Beam.  6 bands, one feed line and twenty pounds.  I really considered a Mosley TA-54-XLN-6 and, one day, I may still end up with one.  I’ve sized the tower (21 sqft wind load) and rotor (hy-gain IV with up to 15 sqft of wind load) to turn a much larger antenna than the hex beam.  The TA-54 has a 21ft boom, longest element 30ft, and weighs 87 lbs.  It’s a bit of a beast.  Of course there is a big difference in gain:  4 elements compared to 2, but I like the light wind load of the hex and it will make the raising of the tower much less of an adventure.

The tower will also support two Comet GP-3 VHF/UHF ground planes and the surrounding trees will support a Buckmaster 7 Band OCF Dipole and an Alpha Delta 80/40 inverted V Dipole.