The portable beam

Ed, K8MEJ So far my experiments with a portable, rotatable hex beam are working well. Even though the "expedition" version of the hexbeam I bought is meant for temporary use, fitted with storm cords it has survived the recent high winds we've experienced these last few weeks. I just couldn't keep the darned thing from spinning in the wind until now. Taking at least three different peoples' advice, I have done the following: Used hose clamps to "sister" an extra leg section to each of two legs to keep the mast vertical on uneven ground. I used a small piece of 3/4" EMT to keep the legs from twisting or turning around each other Drilled and tapped three holes in the aluminum tripod adapter and used three stainless steel 1/4" x 20 x 2" eyebolts with nuts to keep the mast from rotating and to provide a place to anchor the tripod to the ground (more later) Used three turns of electrical tape at each section mating point to keep each section from rotating. The combination of the eyebolts and tape seems to work well! Used a 12" ground screw-in ground anchor, paracord, and a Nite-Ize CamJam carabiner to keep the tripod from lifting up when shoving mast sections up. This is especially handy when raising the mast by myself. The el-cheapo RCA rotator works well enough for extended temporary use in my back yard. I can see the mast from my shack window so while the rotator doesn't have positional feedback (except at 0 and 360 degree limits), I can just look outside and see if it's in the right ball park. For strictly portable use during an event, I can use the "strong arm" method of rotating the hexbeam using a rope and foregoing the rotator, cabling, controller, etc. This is especially useful if only operating on battery/solar power in the field. --

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Through the years DELARA 35 years ago March, 1984 3rd annual Junkbox exchange! Review of the largest February snowstorm in Delaware since 1928. DELARA 30 years ago March, 1989 Ralph, W8BTW, on RC aircraft. Ralph was the manager of Universal and well-liked in our area. DELARA 20 years ago March, 1999 Downward trend of solar flux is just beginning. DELARA 10 years ago March, 2009 8th area QSL bureau speaker- K4ZLE. A column was devoted to “Bob’s boat anchors- free!” Every club needs a Bob. DELARA on the web