MBARA - N6IJ
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NEW - Saturday, September 3rd, 2004
Pro-67C Yagi Rebuild and install! (Phase 1)
We had a great day cleaning, building and testing the Pro-67C yagi at N6IJ. (Click the picture above to see all the pictures.) The crew consisted of:
(If we missed anyone, email Eric and we'll correct this list!)
Great job Guys!
This antenna has three elements on 40M on a 24 ft boom, plus:
1 el on 30M
3 el on 20M
3 el on 17M
3 el on 15M
3 el on 12M
3 el on 10M
We'll meet at N6IJ again on Sunday, Sept. 12th (10 AM), to route cables and possibly relocate the 3 el tri-bander to pole G. (It is currently to close to the 4 el 20M yagi and is severely interacting with it.)
Final Installation of the 67C on Pole C will be on Sunday Sept . 19th. (10 AM). We look forward to your help! If you can make it, please post to the mbara email reflector.
We will also be installing the Sat antennas on top of pole L soon.
Saturday August 9th, 2003
Lots has happened since our last update. Operating rooms #2 and #3 have been upgraded with additional equipment providing working KW HF stations in each room with logging computers. (Thanks to KG6KCO for the computer help.) Room #1 is now clean and empty and is currently targeted as a VHF/UHF operating room and as a back up HF room. The main meeting room is now completely cleaned up. Chris, K6PIC, has installed new 40M and 60M dipoles and an experimental horizontal 1000 ft loop circling the property (fed by the open wire tuner in Room #2). The loop promises to be a great low band performer! Chris had help installing the loop from WA6HHQ and AC6DN.
New pictures of the rooms and the site are on our pictures page.
WA6HHQ is donating a Pro-67C Yagi (3 elements on 40M through 10M) which is currently targeted for installation on the 60 ft pole 140 feet north of 20M 4 el Yagi. (See our pictures page for details.) Once it is up we plan to take down the small tri-bander on the temporary military tower, which will eliminate its interaction with the 4 element 20M Yagi. (They are less than 20 feet apart.) Installation should happen next month.
We are also investigating installing our Rohn 25G tower sections on one of the 3 ft x 3 ft cement pads located 150 ft outside the security fence. See the pictures page for details. We currently have about 60 feet of tower and are looking for another 20-30 ft, including a flat top tower section. We are also looking for one to two medium duty rotors, Ham - M / IV size. Please contact us if you can help out with any of the above or are interested in helping with the install.
Saturday, June 7th, 2003
Last night (Friday) Chris, K6PIC, and Eric, WA6HHQ finished cleaning out Room #1 and moved the WA6LIE packet mailbox and node from room #1 to the workshop. We reinstalled the FT-990 in room #1 and also ran the VHF/UHF discone feed line to the VHF/UHF rigs in room #2 so they now have an outside antenna. As before, Chris did the heavy lifting getting most of Room #1 empty before Eric arrived! (See new pictures below.)
We now have three clean, open operating rooms ready to go.
Also see our pictures page.
Friday, June 6, 2003
As part of our N6IJ station clean up and upgrade, a number of us descended on the station last night for a major station clean up, junk removal and to install new workstation corner tables in operating rooms #2 and #3.
Chris -the 'Night Owl'- Knight, K6PIC got an early start by arriving at 12:01 AM Thursday morning and spent 6 hours totally emptying rooms #2 and #3 into the main lounge. This was a superhuman effort that really helped get us off to a successful start. Thanks Chris!
Nine of us arrived (including Chris) at 6PM (Chris - when do you sleep?) and after marveling at the huge pile of equipment, parts and old furniture in the main meeting room, we proceeded to eat Pizza (thanks Kim!) and then spent the next 5 hours removing most of the older items, metal desks and magazines, totally cleaned out the rear shop / repair room and vacuumed and cleaned all of the rooms. We then installed the new tables in #2 and #3 and also brought up new HF and VHF/UHF stations in Room #2. We even had a little time at the end to work some European DX on 20M with the new equipment in room #2.
Click on pictures to enlarge.
(80M at night...)
HF: FT-990, L4B
HF: IC740, SB220
VHF: Azden 2M FM Rig
UHF: IC 475 430-450 All mode
HF: Older Collins and Heath gear shown, but we plan new equipment for this room
Our goal was to open up the rooms for easy use and ease of installation for new rigs. Hopefully the station is much easier for members to use and to bring in their own equipment for temporary use in contests, DXing or just regular operating. Those of you who have visited the station before will be pleasantly surprised at how open and clean the whole facility is now.
Now on to the antennas!
There is still a lot to do. We're looking for more current HF equipment and antennas, another corner workstation for Room #1 similar to those in rooms #2 and #3, and also for some used Pentium class laptops for logging etc. Please email us to discuss any extra equipment in your shack that you would like to loan or donate to N6IJ.
Thanks to everyone who made it! We originally weren't planning on making this a big effort, but the surprise arrival of everyone made it a huge success.
Clean up crew:
Chris Knight, K6PIC
Max Cornell, K0MC
Kim Cohan, KD6TLB
Cap Pennell, KE6AFE
Jeff Orr, KG6KCO
David Shoaf, KG6IRW
Pat Barthelow, AA6EG
Scott King, AH6KL
Eric Swartz, WA6HHQ (Loaned IC740 HF Rig.)
(Our apologies if we missed listing anyone!)
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