Feb 022012

Thomas PA1M was here and we tried to find out what the problem is with the ICE 419B. There is a bad SWR on 10m. We found that the caps where probably out of specs.  The colar looked not good hi. My Caps meter is at Jan PA0VAJ his shack hi, and we could not reach Jan. So we stopped and Thomas took it home to finish it there.


Jan 252012

As you may have noticed the slidewhow pictures which are placed and rotate at the top of the website were not shwon anymore (for a few days).

In the end we found out it was a problem with the settings of the caching plugin (W3 Total Cache) and how the Superb Slideshow Gallery plugin we use in the top works. The Minify settings for Javascript had to be set “Combine only after “. After this setting all was fine again.

Jan 162012

During the storm 2 weeks ago the antennas from the EME system elevated 40 degrees.
Today it was a quiet day and I brought them back in the normal 0 elevation position.
I found out that not as sometimes before the middle pipe turned but the vertical legs on
both sides are a little loose at high winds.
I don’t like this because is very hard to change this. I need a man lift for this job…..

Jan 042012

Today I looked at the versatower with the Steppir in it and saw that the head unit was bending a bit. I went up the tower and saw that the problem was that one of the 3 nuts holding the head unit was driven into the tube which holds the head unit. I made two strips to get it back into the original position.

Below you see that the pipe has now the shape of an nut.

Here you can see the two extra metal strips I mounted to make sure  the headunit will not bent any further.

Dec 302011

A few days ago is saw that the rope  from the overhead boom supporting the the six meter yagi had broken. If the yagi breaks in two pieces and comes down it will fall on my Force12 C31XR… and that not what I want. The weather forecast says storm so I decided to take action. This morning I cranked down the tower en tilted it over and repaired the rope. Starting at 10.00 am  with sunshine and ready at 12.00 am. At 13.30 it started raining again…..