Discussion in 'Discussions, Opinions & Editorials' started by K7MH, Dec 4, 2013.
Just heard it came down in a storm. What a major bummer! And just before the 160 contest.
That is sad news. I don't think I've ever worked them on 160.
I wonder which direction it fell - into Russia or Norway?!?!?
Here's a video of (one of) the antennas.
Oh, that is terrible news. It was an amazing antenna system.
Oh man. That's a terrible loss. I hope they rebuild soon.
Um.... SCREW that!!!!!
Such sad news; I really love that station. I worked them last month during the CQ WW.
Anyone have links or other information to support the suspicion?
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)
I heard it was in the ARRL contest letter.
From today's ARRL Contest Report:
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
Famous old contesters saying .............
"If your antenna didn't fall down, it isn't big enough."
The photos should be interesting.
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.
Must have been the hurricane we had 4 weeks back, another passing by today....
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.
My wife saw the picture of the intact antenna and immediately said "no" lol
Darn it. It'd fit on my 4 acres...
Well....with all that collapsed steel, they will have a good reflective ground field for a four-square....
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.
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.