Then you can come down, or up which ever it is. LOLOk, had the coax pigtails made for the antennas going on the tower, was sitting around and got a little antsy, even with the serious heat out there (90f and windy), and the muscle aches. So, I decided to install the new AntennaCraft Y10-7-13 VHF yagi, since it was going on the "bottom" end of the mast anyway (below the Televes).
Got it all ready, new balun, got it on the roof, connected the coax pigtail, tied clothesline rope to it, strapped on my belt, and climbed up to the top. Strapped in, haul it up, and popped it over the top part of the mast stub. Tightened it down, roughly aimed it.
Now, it STILL isn't at what will be its final height, because I have to install the Televes UHF antenna next. (NOT today), and then raise the mast to it's full height. I took a screenshot from the H30 meter with the old Y10-7-13 on the old mast. Then I disconnected that one, and hooked up the new Y10-7-13 on the tower above that. It's encouraging. Here's photos and meter shots.
I went from -4.3dBmV 30.3dB on the old mast, to 2.0dBmV, 33.3dB on the tower Y10-7-13. BIG improvement.
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The old mast gets removed AFTER this is a completed install.
It's just on the OLD mast, the HDB91x UHF antenna is mounted 3' BELOW the VHF antenna. On the tower, I'm planning on having the VHF antenna 3' UNDER the UHF antenna. I don't want the UHF antenna "signal shadowed" by the large VHF yagi antenna.Then you can come down, or up which ever it is. LOL
Great job. By the way I am just messing with you. I am not afraid of heights at all, but a tumor requiring removing my vestibular nerves from my brain stem, makes a 6 foot ladder dangerous. No way could I get on the roof now. And I am also surrounded by trees approaching 100 foot, but must say 58 channels is not bad for what I have set up.It's just on the OLD mast, the HDB91x UHF antenna is mounted 3' BELOW the VHF antenna. On the tower, I'm planning on having the VHF antenna 3' UNDER the UHF antenna. I don't want the UHF antenna "signal shadowed" by the large VHF yagi antenna.
Funny that you mentioned that. I had spinal surgery on 3 levels of my neck in July of 2007. They accidentally cut the vestibular nerves below my right ear, when they cut in for the anterior disectomy. My only sense of balance is ALL visual horizon... I can fall walking on the ground, and bending over and losing sight of the "level" horizon.but a tumor requiring removing my vestibular nerves from my brain stem, makes a 6 foot ladder dangerous
Signal quality has changed today, but still good. Likely the thunderstorm yesterday with heavy winds had a factor. The antennas aren't in their final locked down perfect aiming position as of yet. I just spent the morning getting the TOWER guys perfectly tensioned, and tower leveled. Have to get the antenna mast twisted slightly to try to get signals balanced, then tension down the MAST guy wires.Levels look really good, how's the signal quality?
WFFC-LD RF17, and ONLY this station, when trying to receive it on the Dat Boss LR UP on the tower at 40'~ feet. That station is only 10kw, and at 32 miles away. Up there, the signal for JUST this station is barely decodable, constant pixelation. All others are fine.Which station is giving you problems?
I'm pretty much aiming just about right at WFFC, maybe a degree or so South of it. About at 135 ~ degrees true. Sort of balancing out WFFC-LD RF17 with WAQP RF36, which for some reason, can also be a problem child. They had all sorts of issues with the latest spectrum sale, and going from RF48 to RF36. The new antenna they had built was faulty, and they had to have it "fixed" somehow in order to even be able to use it. I don't believe it's mounted at the top of their tower either. Rabbitears shows that I should receive WAQP solid, but that's not true. I can balance it out with WFFC, and then all the other channels are also fine.Can I assume that you are trying to receive WFFC while the antenna is aimed to optimize reception of other stations?
There are two other low power stations also on channel 17. Depending on antenna aiming, one of them could interfere with WFFC.