October 27th, 2006
October 27th, It
was a beautiful fall day here in Tropical Park, North West Osceola
County, Windy but the 40 feet were destined to go to the top. I
picked Rod, KB9ECA, up from his new home in "Soup City" at 9:00AM.
Sonny, KI4HZP, drove over from the coast, Mike, H4HHA, made several
stop bys. He still had a busy schedule at work, being Friday and
all. Ed, N4ZQE, would stop by later after his busy day, on the way
The only thing we
were not counting on was the gusting wind from the South, there was
a front moving in and our window would close near dark. After coaxing
the first tower section up, then down than back up again the next 3
went easier. A second set of Guys were placed at the 82' level. The
temperature was in the mid 70's to lower 80's so it was a good day
for the job. Linda, K4EIO, and I were "Ground Crew" as was Priscilla
our 16 year old Pomeranian. As they day wore on Linda fed us Scones
and other snacks to keep us going. Just about the time the light
left us I connected the GP-9 dual band antenna that serves as the
444.450 repeater antenna to the duplexers and it was "On The Air".
We did not get the Jin Pole down yet nor did we get the N4GUS
repeater, 927.7000 antenna connected, that will be for another day.
It was a long day but the Tower is now at it's full height.
Hopefully we can get the Hard-line moved up the tower to the 33CM
repeater this Sunday.
Thanks Rod, Linda, Mike,
Sonny and Ed.