Helping Hams

An old fashioned antenna raising!  One of our radio club members took a direct lightning hit this summer, destroying a vertical VHF antenna and damaging the control elements on his StepIR.   After a few months of acquiring replacement components, we started putting the system back together.  New enhancements to the StepIR included a 40 meter element, replacing the main feed point, and a heavy duty pivot plate that keeps the beam elements horizontal to the ground while the tilt tower is raised and lowered.  We got the beam balanced and positioned before a strong thunderstorm moved in and stopped work for the afternoon.

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