|New Yard Ornament|
With the help of my wife, Evelyn, and later Tim, K8RRT, I managed to place a 10-foot section of Rohn 25 at a place in the yard where the antenna could see my moonset and be able to turn without hitting the house or the trees. I put the gin pole at the top of that tower section and once we connected the antenna to the gin pole rope, it was not hard to pull it up to about a height of 15-feet.
|CQ the Moon!|
I attached a 168-foot piece of LDF4-50A (1/2-inch Heliax) to the antenna, ran it around the house, across the driveway in front of the garage and in through a window in the spare bedroom and then into the shack. It was connected directly to the Output of the Alpha 8406 amp with a Double-Male "N" connector.
For a few nights now I've been getting up really early to listen off the moon as it sets in my western horizon. So far I have not copied any signals but the best two nights of the month are coming up and I have high hopes that I will be able to hear something. On the right is a photo of the antenna aimed at the setting moon. Click on any photo to make it larger.