My Carolina Windom 160ï¿½is about 20 feet off the ground
at the short end and 35 feet upï¿½on the long end. ï¿½The
OCF feedline is 22 feet long and it just clears the
ground. ï¿½The manufacturer recommends 40 feet or higher
for this model. ï¿½I"m sure it would perform better on 160
and 80 if I could get it up higher but I have lots of
QSOs on both of those bands. ï¿½See picture of feed. ï¿½The
Carolina Windom is a trademarked antenna sold by The
Radio Works. ï¿½http://www.radioworks.com/.
I see on their site that they are shutting down soon.
ï¿½The owner is getting older and needs to cut back. ï¿½I
hope someone, somewhere picks up the Carolina Windom
line of antennas as everyone I've ever spoken with has
nothing but good things to say. ï¿½This design has a
vertical and a horizontal radiator that seems to make it
work better than some other wire antennas. ï¿½I know there
are folks who swear by their G5RV, Bazooka and all sorts
of trap antennas. ï¿½I get it. ï¿½An 80 meter version may be
what you can use?
Mine has been up continuously for over 4 years. ï¿½I used
some black, UV protected, stretchy rope that I bought
with the antenna at a Ham Fest. ï¿½ The slingshot antenna
launcher eventually got it into the trees. ï¿½My aim was
not good. ï¿½"You'll shoot your eye out". ï¿½No pulleys etc.
ï¿½Wrapped a long length of the rope around the tree at
each end and I think that might also have some give and
take in the wind. ï¿½It bounces up and down a lot in high
winds. ï¿½It does get very windy here and it has stayed up
during tropical storms, Nor'easters and thunderstorms.
ï¿½I am just a few miles from the Amazon Wind Farm so we
got wind. ï¿½http://www.avangridrenewables.us/amazonwind/
I guess they are now using drones to get antennas into
trees? ï¿½It should be much more accurate than the
slingshot. ï¿½Anyway, the antenna off center feedï¿½balun
needs some kind of support. ï¿½A fiberglass pole or tree.
ï¿½Let me know if you have other questions.ï¿½
73 and Happy Radio!
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From: Rick Butz
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 5:23:50 PM
Subject: That Windom
Hi Bill -
Read your post on 070 and
wanted to ask about your Carolina Windom.ï¿½ I'm HOA
restricted here to a vertical, but do have a couple of
Oak trees in the back of the house (that opens up to
wetlands and a river - no one behind me).ï¿½ I
definitely need some additional antenna, particularly
for the lower bands and near distance.ï¿½ I'm hoping I
can do a stealth install that the roof line will block
from view. You mentioned that your install is low.ï¿½
How high is it? Are you installed using trees?ï¿½ I'm
not sure how I get a Windom up in them.ï¿½ My tree
climbing days are over... hi hi!ï¿½ Trusty sling shot I
guess.ï¿½ If you are using trees, I'd appreciate any
suggestions about pulleys and weights and so forth to
handle the movement.ï¿½ TU & 73,
Rick - N7WE