Archive for June, 2013

Moxon 6M Antenna

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I have been working on building a Moxon antenna for 6 meters.  I am using the similar design style as K3NG antenna (http://blog.radioartisan.com/homebrew-lightweight-6-meter-moxon/)  with some minor differences.

Like K3NG’s antenna, the poles are made from snow plow marking poles.  I put super-glued spacers on the ends with holes to allow the wire to pass through.  I then bent the poles upward so that  the wire so that the wire tension is always maintained and at the measured distances based upon the Moxon calculator was obtained.

(http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/design.htm)

Moxom_6mtr_ant

 

moxon_1 moxon_2

Sailing Season Soon!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

People who know me know that I am always busy working on projects, hobbies, and enjoying life.

Last year I picked up an old 1975 Force 5 sailboat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_5

Unfortunately, my back gave me fits and I was unable to get this boat in the water.  When I got the boat home, I discovered that there were fine cracks in the haul and upon further inspection, the fiberglass was cracked through  various areas in the haul.  I am sure it would have leaked very badly if I did not address this issue.  My good deal wasn’t so good after all.

I ended up fixing the haul which turned out to have several areas that needed to be fixed.  I used West Marine epoxy system to repair the haul and then repainted.  I boat never touched water last year.

So the start of Spring, I began the final push to prepare the sail boat for this season.  I repaired the cracks in the rudder and center board, replaced the traveler slide block, fixed the bow handle, and updated the various blocks.

I’ve also replaced the lines and main sheet.  I am ready!

 

Force5_sailboat_1

 

A mess

Before – a mess..