The cool (but not COLD) temperatures are ideal for antenna work here in Northern Florida. Eddie and I did some maintenance on EMCOMM-1′s fiberglass antenna mast on Sunday and all went well. The mast is rigged for 46-feet maximum height, yet collapses to 8-feet to remain under the trees and road obstacles.
We’ll need to do some work on the OCFD wire antenna in the next couple of weeks as well. HF bands are booming and we want to take advantage of the cooler weather to optimize the antenna system. We have the Pneumatic Antenna Launcher, which we’ll put to the test for redeploying the center point of the antenna – should make for easy (and quick) work.
We also reconfigured the station inside for better (easier) SO2R operation – pictures to follow later.