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Dear Reader,

Much to my disgust I have been unable to find a easy supplier in Sweden for a big fat steel pole for holding my 10 meter delta loop. My delta loop is a nice aerial which works on almost all the HF bands (it does not work on 80 or 160 m), but I want to move it away from the house onto a new pole.

I was offered a steel pole recently, I got 60 kilos of concrete mix in sacks and then it started to snow. I am now unhappy about trying to make and use concrete as it is too cold. I fear that I will have to wait until april before I can concrete in a pole for the aerial.

So I am now considering using a cruciform made of either wood or steel to make a base for holding up a pole which would then take the aerial. As I do not have welding equipment (or the skills required to use it) I will have to either bolt it together or use wood.

I have not fully designed it yet, I am considering using the same lengths of wood as I used for the veg boxes. The idea is to use the wood over winter to hold the aerial and then in the spring the aerial support will be converted into a box for growing fruit and veg inside it.

Another thing which irks me is that I went on sunday to the SK6NP club site and I found that I had put the new rope to hold up the German Quad (20 m by 20 m square of wire) on the wrong tree. If the weather allows me I may go and fix it with some new rope. I like the German quad, it always seems to be easy to make contacts on 40 meters with this monster of an aerial.


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