Re: Hustler 6BTV

Mike Besemer <mwbesemer@...>

I'm looking forward to it!

I remember frozen ground from my Michigan days. Dad was a contactor and I learned about frozen ground from him.

I'm shocked that it's digging so easy so far... normally I hit Kaolin about 12 inches down, but not today. Hopefully I can get to 36 inches tomorrow then widen it out to 18 inches in diameter.

8 - 80lb bags a Quikrete have worn me out; move them 3 times already (once onto the cart, once into the truck and once into the garage) - which means I need to move them one more time. I can remember throwing those bags around like marshmallows when I was 18; I don't know what happened!

I think I need a beer - or 6.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Joseph Molon
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8:00 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Hustler 6BTV

Sounds like it's going well.

If you lived in CT you wouldn't even begin to think about doing this until May.

Everything here is frozen solid.

Don't worry It will be great when finished. There will be so much DX you won't know what to do with it all.

KA1PPV #1482

On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 04:53 PM, Mike Besemer wrote:

> Nice! I guess I’m qualified… I’m always in the hole some way or another!

Well, I just broke ground. Had to find the exact site that was not
visible from mama’s chair in the sunroom. I think I found the right
spot – and if not I’ll have to ask for forgiveness (again). I might
have to remove a tree branch at the far end so I can tilt the antenna
over, but that won’t be a problem if necessary.

We had over an inch of rain Sunday, so I figured I’d better strike
when the iron was soft. Got down about 2 feet and about a foot in
diameter. Need to go a foot deeper and 6” bigger around, but at least
I haven’t hit Kaolin yet. I'm going to set two 4 x 4's three feet in
the ground (in concrete) with the mast between them tilting at about
the 4' 6" mark. The antenna is supposed to be 25' high, so figuring
just a bit of mast above the 4 x 4's, my 30' clear-zone should be
okay. (I hope!) Mama is taking my truck to Florida this weekend, so
I'd better go get some concrete mix or I'll be hauling it in the back
of my son's Ford Focus.


From: [] On Behalf Of Rick -
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 4:13 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Hustler 6BTV

Golly Mike, I'd really like to help out, but.......I'm not certified
to excavate!
I once ran into a guy who was a registered professional excavation
engineer. No kidding! He designed and certified excavation plans for
large constructions like high rise buildings, TV towers, etc. He was
a character. Would tell people he "started out small and just keep
getting in deeper and deeper. Planned to retire if he ever got out of
the hole he was in!"
Rick - N7WE

On 1/30/2018 16:01, Mike Besemer wrote:

If you're really looking for something to do, I need a hole dug to
plant my Gap Titan DX.

On Jan 30, 2018 3:50 PM, Rick - N7WE wrote:
That's what I did. Started on 10, then 15, readjust 10 and 15 until
have both. This did require moving the traps from the factory
positioning on the tubes, not just changing the overall spacing. Then
adjusted 20 and readjusted 10, 15, and 20 until I had all three....and
so on thru 80. Then went back and did 12 (adjusts with HotRodz) with
only minimal change on 10 (no adjustment needed) and the same with 17.
It took a while, lots of ups and downs, but wasn't too bad as I had
installed the DXEngineering tilt-base when I put it up. When we were
traveling summers, I took the antenna down and stored it in three
pieces. Reinstalling in the fall only required minor tweaking. What
I have noticed is that with the change in temps here in Florida from
winter to summer, there is sufficient expansion of the aluminum tubing
to change the tuning. Now that we are home summers, I re-tune when it
heats up and then again when it cools off! Probably a waste, but I
like to have things as close as I can. And it gives me something to
Rick - N7WE

On 1/30/2018 15:21, Jerry N9AVY wrote:

Did you start tuning 0n 10m and work your way up to 80/160m ? Just
My dual sloper isn't working yet.
From: Rick - N7WE To: Sent: Tuesday, January 30,
2018 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Hustler 6BTV

I have the Hustler ground mounted over 40 radials of differing length
- due to the lot. The shortest is about 15 feet and the longest about
28 feet. The Hustler has DXEngineering 12m and 17m add-ons, and I can
tune without cutting any tubes. Here's the readings from the MFJ259B
3.580 1.0 50 3
7.035 1.1 38 0
7.070 1.2 36 0
10.140 1.1 54 8
14.070 1.1 42 0
18.100 1.0 52 3
21.070 1.1 46 6
24.920 1.1 72 0
28.120 1.0 64 0
I follow the DXEngineering guide - Chapter 7 - for tuning instead of
the Hustler's instructions. If you don't have it, you can download it
HERE in PDF format. Good luck and I hope that helps. Let me know!
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


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