Fits and starts with my antenna project

A lot has taken place since I first began thinking W3EDP back in October – family events, weather events, work events. In fact, so much has happened throughout this past year, that I am really looking forward to New Year’s Eve and waving 2012 a hearty “Sayonara”. This is one year that I will not miss.

But I digress.

After mulching the leaves yesterday and then raking and bagging the remainder that the mower couldn’t reach, I took the time to grab a spool of 14 gauge wire that I had sitting in the basement.  I had intended to measure out 67 feet and cut it for the construction of said W3EDP.

Guess what – there was EXACTLY 67 feet of wire left on the spool!  Exactly what I need to solder onto the  end of the window line – no need to cut.  How’s that for coincidence?

The extended forecast for this coming weekend is a nice Saturday and a crummy Sunday.  I hope to spend a portion of Saturday getting this wire airborne. The added bonus (if you will) is that since most of the leaves are down, it should be a tad easier to see exactly what I need to do.

The HF9V and the 88′ EDZ are both working well; but I figure it never Hertz (sorry, I couldn’t resist!) to get more wire up in the air.

It seems whenever I want to get something like this done, something always comes up to deter me from completing the project.  I am hoping that I will luck out this weekend, and finally finish!

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “Fits and starts with my antenna project”

  • KQ2RP Chris:

    Good Luck Larry. Both end supports for my only home QTH HF antenna (G0FAH) were lost during Sandy. Hope to get them back up this weekend as well. The center support did stay put, so I’m currently operating it as an ‘inverted hairpin’. 🙂

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