Re: Hustler 6BTV

Jerry N9AVY


Why 80 lbs of concrete for a vertical ???   Seems like overkill unless the ground is swampy.  Here I just drove a 4 ft  stake into earth, which is mostly clay since contractor  scraped off good top soil to sell, and mounted vertical to pipe that stuck out of ground. When I started digging hole for tower a few years back I dug down 8 inches into clay which was like concrete. and realized progress would take a year, so I found a guy with a bobcat with a 3 ft. auger... he made hole in 10 minutes.  The soil here is mostly rocks & clay with a carpet of sod (from sod farm) over it. 

Recall driving by this area 20 years ago and it was a huge cornfield then.  In fact, this was the edge of town.

But am curious as to all that concrete for a vertical ?  Just doesn't make a lot of sense to me.  Can you enlighten me ?

Jerry  n9avy

From: Mike Besemer <mwbesemer@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 7:50 PM
Subject: Re: [070Club] Hustler 6BTV

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.
> Mike
> WM4B
> From: [] On Behalf Of Rick -
> N7WE
> 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:
> Rick,
> If you're really looking for something to do, I need a hole dug to
> plant my Gap Titan DX.
> Mike
> WM4B
> 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
> do!
> Rick - N7WE
> On 1/30/2018 15:21, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
> Rick:
> Did you start tuning 0n 10m and work your way up to 80/160m ?  Just
> curious.
> My dual sloper isn't working yet.
> Jerry
> ________________________________________
> From: Rick - N7WE To: Sent: Tuesday, January 30,
> 2018 2:05 PM
> Subject: Re: [070Club] Hustler 6BTV
> Dick-
> 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
>                      SWR        R          X
> 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
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