W5RRR Crankup Tower

KG5HOK devised a cleverly simple u-bolt mounting scheme to get our temporary 50′ crackup tower up for operation.

It will live at the empty concrete slab until we can get the plans (and funds) in place to re-erect the 60′ full sized tower.

This weekend, we’ll make an attempt to mount a lightweight rotor and a 10-20m multi-band HexBeam antenna.

Stay tuned for pix of progress.

IC-781 update- Fixed (for a few weeks now)

Updating this Blog subject,…

IC-781 HF transceiver now working fine (fingers crossed) so we’re back to 3x HF radios in the shack.

Insidious R20 fusible resistor kept tricking us into thinking there was a downstream failure embedded in the power line supply.

Turns out that Icom engineers very cleverly designed this inline resistor just below the edge of it’s power handling capacity.

With today’s higher voltages from the wall (120VAC), this 1990s vintage radio simply couldn’t handle the extra stress (note:  line volts used to be 110VAC).

Now using 3W wire wound surge resistor in place of the old 2W version.  Works like a champ.  Time to make QSOs.

73

-dave W5OC