Re: Hustler 6BTV

Joseph Molon <ljl2002@...>

There ya go.  Excellence through engineering!
When you are finished hoisting everything you could fill out your entry to the Strongest Man in the World contest.  They lift heavy things and carry them.
KA1PPV  #1482

On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 08:50 AM, Mike Besemer wrote:
 > Ha!  At this point, if I hit a boulder, the antenna is going to be about a foot taller than I had anticipated. I'll just make the hole a little bigger around to compensate.

I have to admit that last night when I was loading concrete, I was seriously considering giving up the hobby and starting to collect butterflies instead.

On Jan 31, 2018 8:07 AM, Joseph Molon wrote:

Mike, Yep it definitely gets cold in Michigan. (About a day before it does in New England)   Looks like you must have picked the perfect spot.  You shouldn't talk about it anymore until the hole is finished or you might jinx it.  You might go down another 2 inches and run into a boulder the size of your house.  If you do let me know.  I was trained in explosives when I was in the Army and I can guarantee I will make the boulder go away.  Not so sure about the safety of the house though.   GL   Joe KA1PPV  #1482      On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 08:50 PM, Mike Besemer wrote:    > 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.
Mike WM4B
-----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of Joseph Molon Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 8:00 PM To: Subject: Re: [070Club] Hustler 6BTV
Mike, 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.   Joe 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 To: 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 070 - #1602

Rick - N7WE 070 - #1602
Rick - N7WE 070 - #1602

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