The major infrastructure improvements schedule for this summer 2018 project has been approved at this month business meeting. A special technical committee was set up to review our antenna infrastructure. Knowing that we were going to need a bucket truck to put up the 440 antenna that was purchase last year the membership wanted to know what other work was going to be need while we had the truck on site. The far tower down by the cell tower has been empty for quite a while. Plus there has alway been a need for additional HF antennas with WARC capabilities. Also the 70 foot tower to the right of the club house is getting close to its end of life. Before it fails it was decided to replace it with the Rohn tower sections that we already had with only a new base and top section needed to be purchase. Also already purchased is two new VHF and UHF yagi antennas. With the recent Red Cross and ARRL ECOMM sessions at the club house a need for a VHF and UHF vertical beam antenna to work surrounding repeater was needed This was needed due to our current VHF & UHF beam antennas were all being horizontal polarized. The final antenna is a discone antenna that will be run to the work bench area. This will not only let us receive VHF & UHF on this wide band antenna but transmit to. Below is the complete list of improvements scheduled to be done this year, and the work starts this next week!
- Mount the new 440 antenna on the repeater tower
- Take down the old 70 foot tower and replace it with the Rohn tower
- Move the 6 meter yagi to the VHF tower
- Mount the new Mosley_PRO-67-C antenna on the Rohn tower
- Mount a new DX Engineering HEXX Beam on the far tower by the cell tower.
- Mount new VHF & UHF vertical beam antennas to the club house building
- Mount a Discone antenna to he new Rohn tower
So by the end of the summer we should have six new antennas at the Steel City club house grounds. The work starts this next week on Wednesday June 27th with weather permitting the 70 foot tower is going to be lowered. This needs to be done first so that a new base can be fabricated for the new Rohn tower.