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Old 05-20-2013, 02:28 AM
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Default Cool Video of a custom 80-foot Tipping Tower in action!

Check out this video of a Ham Radio Antenna Tip-Tower:


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Default Re: Cool Video of a custom 80-foot Tipping Tower in action!

Welcome to FF DoctorZ. I'm KD8PFB. Is this YOUR tilt mast or someone else's? I don't have enough room on my lot for a mast that high, so I just have a 30' tower that hinges from the base.
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Yea, it's mine, but after becoming a member of this site, I noticed it was exclusively Ham Radio, so I was more careful about what information I posted. I've got 5-acres of land here, so I got "room to play." :)
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Default Re: Cool Video of a custom 80-foot Tipping Tower in action!

well that was a well thaught out system most people who do tip over towers have them tip at the base which makes for a lot of ladder work, with the big radials from hf antennas. welcome to the site. what kind of antenna is that one I've been looking for an hf antenna to hook my ts 140 up to. as it's at work right now I have to keep it close to the roof of my 30 foot shop a vertical makes good sense here some day I will get my 60 foot rohn up in my back yard but that one has to be able to stand up to 100 mph winds we get out here in western Alaska
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well that was a well thaught out system most people who do tip over towers have them tip at the base which makes for a lot of ladder work, with the big radials from hf antennas. welcome to the site. what kind of antenna is that one I've been looking for an hf antenna to hook my ts 140 up to. as it's at work right now I have to keep it close to the roof of my 30 foot shop a vertical makes good sense here some day I will get my 60 foot rohn up in my back yard but that one has to be able to stand up to 100 mph winds we get out here in western Alaska
The antenna on my tower is a Sirio 827. It should stand up to your 100 MPH winds if you reinforce it with radiator clips at the joints, but I only use it for 10-Meters and formerly on 11-Meters CB. The tower would also be excellent for a Repeater or anything in the higher VHF and UHF bands. The best thing you can do for HF is a dipole. Then you only have to go up about 35 feet at the apex, and you'll make a ton more contacts. Of course you need to have a little bit of space. An 80M dipole will need about 120 feet of space unless you go with a Delta Loop or something similar, but they're a little harder to put up.

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http://dk5ec.de/deltaloop-eng.htm

http://www.sirioantenne.it/prodotti_...8171169&idp=61
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Default Re: Cool Video of a custom 80-foot Tipping Tower in action!

right now I'm only worried about 40 to 10 the reality is this far north there won't be any dx until the sun starts setting again.I just kind of only want to listen in. I normally use IRLP as its been a stable reliable platform to use. i'm kind of thinking about a repeater on a hill top to expand coverage right now at 40 feet I get about a 30 mile radius.
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right now I'm only worried about 40 to 10 the reality is this far north there won't be any dx until the sun starts setting again.I just kind of only want to listen in. I normally use IRLP as its been a stable reliable platform to use. i'm kind of thinking about a repeater on a hill top to expand coverage right now at 40 feet I get about a 30 mile radius.
After reading your response, I had to look you up on QRZ. You need to upgrade to your General. There is ALWAYS DX, 24/7. You just need to switch Bands. Daytime DX is usually found on the 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10-Meter Bands. Nighttime is 40 and below for DX. 80-Meters is still good for about 300 miles local communications. I also noticed those cool snow cats you drive around in. What you need is an Outbacker mobile HF Antenna on one of them!

http://www.outbackerantennas.com/index.html

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Default Re: Cool Video of a custom 80-foot Tipping Tower in action!

you are right i'm trying to get ready for the test out here the bands are pretty dead except for the use of winlink it seems to work pretty good yes you are right about some of the longer wave bands working well for longer distance communications but even my 2 buddy's who are extras are having challenges during the summer checking into nets, we seem to be in some kind of dx dead zone out here on the Seward peninsula. I have always wanted to take the snow trac to the top of one of these hills and set up a nvis antenna system and try some dx out of it.
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