Ham Radio Tower belonging to a ham radio enthusiast who had passed away. The
tower sections were stacked behind the shed. They sat there as shelter for chipmunks
and mice as wildflowers and weeds grew up between the support struts.
Later that day, the cement truck arrived and Mike, Chris and I raked and leveled the
wet cement around tower section #1. The tower's base secure in the cement was a
small erection for Tamarack Road but a huge accomplishment for Mike VE3WVX
and Chris VE3XKZ
We spent a couple of days assembling the DX Engineering Hexx Beam and Rotator on
the front lawn. It demanded patience and finesse to place and secure the wires in their
proper locations. It was similar to building a spider web without the costume or special
powers of Spider-Man.
Chris had to don a hazmat suit to combat the fibreglass insulation and crawl around
in the attic to create a hole to accept wire which would come from the tower, into his
"Ham Shack" to feed the new strong signals to the radios.
and Chris assembled for the Tower Raising. Ham Radio hobbyists, also known as
Amateur Radio, are very generous sharing advice, information, and wisdom with other
Hams. And, they often assist each other with technical, equipment or set-up projects.
Jeff, Mike, and Bill all willingly gave up their time to help Chris erect his tower. It could
not have been done without them!
for the job.
extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the invocation.
Notice that each section is narrower, leaving less and less standing room for
'the boys' to work at the top. I became more nervous as the height increased.
Dixie decides that things are getting too scary to watch!
After all the tower sections were attached, Bill and Caron hauled the antenna to
the top for Chris and Jeff to install.
With the help of the experts, Chris had his tower erected in a few short hours. After
lunch he and Jeff sorted and connected all the wires from the antenna, to the house
and the Ham Shack. We celebrated with cold beers and burgers on the barby.
Thanks you so much to the volunteers! 73!
The tower needed to be grounded against lightning strikes so later on in the fall Chris
dug a channel around its base. He drove in ground rods, added copper wire and carefully
heat-bonded them in place. The new antenna has been brilliant in bringing in "Good DX"
from around the world. I am always interested in Chris's new contacts like South Africa,
Norway, Japan, Santiago Chile, Canary Islands and Antarctica.
Note...the blog title was "borrowed" from another Ham who had warned his neighbours to watch out for his "Magnificent Erection".