Field Testing The Gear
In this photo I am operating my 897 attached to the 10-60 meter vertical that is mounted on a MFJ tripod just out of the shop after making modifications to it.
The modifications include cutting down the center section and discarding the telescopic pole.
Then making up a new adapter for the top of the tripod as shown that fits the 10-60 meter vertical antenna.
When I prefer to quickly deploy the antenna without standing the antenna on the ground and guying the antenna I can use the tripod.
I also made up inserts for the legs of the tripod that allows for leveling off the tripod on uneven ground, therefore allowing the antenna to stand straight.
I also installed metal eyelets on all 3 legs (at the foot of each), allowing the tripod to be anchored to the ground in necessary due to the wind blowing or what not.
I also installed a grounding lug at the bottom of the center column for attaching the antenna ground radials to the tripod.
Closer look at the tripod.....
Now If I wish, the antenna may be used without the tripod, but the tripod certainly quickens the setup time if time is of the essence.
Since acquiring and making the necessary modifications required to the gear as shown and described, I have been in the field with my portable station, and I am pleased with how everything has worked out.
Of course it goes without saying that I don't normally operate standing directly beside the antenna, but move away from the antenna and the ground radials that are 16' in length.
Click on the photo for a closer look.....
Read more about how it came about here.....