[AMRadio] Antenna issues.

Mel Farrer via AMRadio amradio at mailman.qth.net
Mon Jul 7 18:16:06 EDT 2014

Oh, that isn't anything to worry about my next door neighbor said in 1964 when I told her I was a ham operator....  A couple years later, a ham friend was going to be on TDY to Japan and wanted to set up a 15 meter schedule to check on things at home, of course no third party traffic.  

Things went well and we had some nice QSOs on 15 then the band started to fade and I told him I would build a amp.  I had a adjustable 5 KV power supply in the garage and decided to put one of the old 450 TH to the task as GG. So there we were, start out on 100 watts, things get rough and I would turn on the amp.  OK, then a little worse, turn the variac up.  

On one Sunday, we started and it was particularly bad so we started pretty much at the limit of the supply and at the end I signed mission accomplished.

Next day, nice neighbor lady and my wife were across the fence hanging up wash.  She asked my wife if I was on the air that Sunday and she replied, OH yes, they had a great QSO with the ham in Japan.  To which she replied, Well, the kids came in and wanted to watch TV,,,,, and after a while gave that up and turned on the hi fi record player and well after a while they gave that up...   Then my mother called on the phone and well after a little while I gave that up also.  When is Tommy coming home from Japan so we can get back to normal..........

Mel, K6KBE

On Monday, July 7, 2014 3:00 PM, Jay Bromley <jayw5jay at cox.net> wrote:

Great story Eddy!  I use an air cannon sometimes here for antenna line
launching and it draws quite a bit of attention.  The dogs go nuts over the
sound.  So even though johnny law hasn't paid me a visit for my weapon, I
try to use it will the traffic is lite.  My HyperDog launcher is quieter,
but the rubber has went bad on those!

Again in the old days as kids we wouldn't have gave this a second thought.
I guess I am becoming an old fart that doesn't want any attention drawn to

73 de w5jay/jay..

From: Eddy Swynar [mailto:deswynar at xplornet.ca] 
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2014 4:03 PM
To: Discussion of AM Radio Amateur Service; jayw5jay at cox.net; rbethman
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Antenna issues.

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Jay Bromley" <jayw5jay at cox.net>

Date: July 7, 2014 3:28:29 PM EDT

To: "'rbethman'" <rbethman at comcast.net>, <amradio at mailman.qth.net>

Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Antenna issues.

Getting back to antennas, this is a great neighborhood overall.  Many folks
walk during the evening, it never fails they look at the antennas, but no
one really cares enough to ask what they are.  I often wonder what they are
thinking when they look, but know enough not to ask them!  :-)  73 de

Hi Guys,

Some 33 years ago, we had just moved into our very first brand new home,
smack dab in the middle of suburbia...

We had 2 mortgages on the place, so a tower & raised aluminum antennas were
simply not in the equation---however, we deliberately chose the single lot
on the street that had tall, mature willow & maple trees, to "...aid & abet"
my wire creations.

Well, this one time, as I recall, it was a hot, sunny day, & I elected to
throw an inverted "J" antenna into the trees for 160-meters: my method of
choice for raising aerials back then was a stubby brown (and empty!) beer
bottle, and my good throwing arm. To facilitate the wire's raising, I would
first tie the end of a long binder's twine onto the neck of the
bottle---this, I would then throw into some welcoming (and supporting) tree
branches overhead. To facilitate the ease of the twine going up, I would run
several circles of it onto the ground, away from the spool, in a
spiderweb-like outline.

Well, here I was struggling to toss this beer bottle into the trees, and the
darn twine would get all snagged in my legs on the way up. Why...? Because
of our curious & playful young Siamese cat that we had at the time, named
"Benji", who would do his utmost to chew the string, roll around in it, etc.
etc. Between frustrated efforts at keeping Benji at bay, and getting off a
clean throw, I noticed that a car had pulled up into the driveway of the
young couple who lived across the street---but I paid it little mind.
However, after yet another frustrated toss---and with twine all around both
me & Benji, who was having an absolute ball---I stopped for a breath, and
happened to glance across the street...

There, much to my amazement (and bemusement!), the couple visiting my
neighbours, and the neighbours there themselves, had all assembled folding
lawn chairs, and lined them up curb-side, taking-in the show that was
unfolding before them, and drinking beer! I could only imagine what they all
must have thought: "Just look at that crazy young coot across the street,
throwing that beer bottle into the trees & wrestling with his cat like

The stuff memories are made of.

Still, nobody complained, they all enjoyed the show, Benji had the time of
his life, & I ended-up with a superlative suburban sky-hook for Topband that
garnered me 48 States and all continents save for Asia, that first winter
season...and best of all, not a single covenant in sight!

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ

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