April 23, 2016 - One of our newest members, and a recently licensed ham, Beck KD9FZN, installed an antenna mast to her home on Saturday. The 2" aluminum mast is 20' tall, with a 4' fiberglass mast mounted on top. At the very top is a Diamond X50 VHF/UHF vertical antenna.
Becky and her husband Jon mounted the mast to the gable end of their home using lumber tied into the facia. U-Bolts fasten the mast to the roof. At the base they dug out a portion of dirt to accommodate a patio tile and a aluminum car wheel to act as the lower support. Once backfilled the bottom portion of the mast is securely in place. An 8' ground rod was installed as well.
At about the 6' point on the mast is an Icom AH-4 auto tuner which will feed a 150' length of wire supported by two nearby trees. This end fed antenna will be cable of 80 - 10 meter operation.
Coax cables include a 65' length of LMR-400 used for the VHF/UHF antenna. Another 65' length of Belden 8214 for the HF station, and a 65' length of multi-conductor shielded control cable which attaches between the rig and the tuner.
Becky has a first-class ham shack too. She is using the Yaesu FT-8800 for both VHF and UHF FM communications. On HF she has an Icom 756Pro. Both rigs are powered by a 30 amp linear power supply and Rig Runner. Digital modes are supported using a Signal Link interface and a laptop computer.
Look for Becky on the air! She listens regularly to the N9XH repeaters.