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OH8X antenna collapse.

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  1. K7MH

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    Just heard it came down in a storm. What a major bummer! And just before the 160 contest.
     
  2. N8CPA

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    That is sad news. I don't think I've ever worked them on 160.
     
  3. KA3JLW

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    Sweet Jeebus!

    I wonder which direction it fell - into Russia or Norway?!?!?

    Here's a video of (one of) the antennas.
    http://vimeo.com/27737232
    [video=vimeo;27737232]http://vimeo.com/27737232[/video]
     
  4. K5PO

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    Oh, that is terrible news. It was an amazing antenna system.
     
  5. N2ADV

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    Oh man. That's a terrible loss. I hope they rebuild soon.

    Um.... SCREW that!!!!!
     
  6. NM9K

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    Such sad news; I really love that station. I worked them last month during the CQ WW.
     
  7. KA3JLW

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    Anyone have links or other information to support the suspicion?
     
  8. KA3JLW

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    I meant towers. Obviously, there are multiple antennas on this one tower. (however, maybe they work together as a single antenna, and the tower isn't used for other systems, in which case I may have been right anyway)
     
  9. K7MH

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    I heard it was in the ARRL contest letter.
     
  10. WR3T

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    From today's ARRL Contest Report:

     
  11. W7MMQ

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    All towers and big yagis in the "North Country" are temporary structures. Just a matter of time before they come down. You can get ice loads that can even reduce the best tower to scrap metal in just a stiff breeze. This
    system was obviously over engineered with just that in mind, but in the end Mother Nature always wins
     
  12. WC5P

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    Famous old contesters saying .............

    "If your antenna didn't fall down, it isn't big enough."
     
  13. KG4NEL

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    The photos should be interesting.
     
  14. KV6O

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    Wow - sad. From what I have read, it's around 80,000lbs, and 100 meters tall. I bet it made a pretty good thud!

    Hopefully they were insured - I am sure that cost a fortune.

    Steve
    KV6O
     
  15. PA5COR

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    Must have been the hurricane we had 4 weeks back, another passing by today....
     
  16. WA8ZYT

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    How would you like to be the insurance company that covered that one? Hopefully they will replace or repair that monster and be back on the air.
     
  17. N2ADV

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    My wife saw the picture of the intact antenna and immediately said "no" lol

    Darn it. It'd fit on my 4 acres... :) :)
     
  18. NN3W

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    Well....with all that collapsed steel, they will have a good reflective ground field for a four-square....
     
  19. W7MMQ

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    If I had that kind of acreage that is what I would have put up. I'm guessing that system right there probably ran 7 figures. A four square can be done for a fraction of the cost on 160 and with almost no wind loading stayed up forever. The gain to cost ratio is not worth it in my book.
     
  20. N2EY

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    I have the picture of the OH8X system that was in the ARRL calendar hanging in the shack.

    I do not want to see what it looks like now.
     
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