You know what they say about the best time to do antenna work is when the weather outside is frightful!
I'm just funning with you, and although a weather event brought a early taste of winter to southern AB, I had the itch to play radio, and a little snow and wind was not going to dampen my enthusiasm to make it happen.
With most everything I needed already residing in my mobile, the only thing required to be loaded was my log-periodic that due to its length, lowering the midgate of my Avalanche is required allowing the antenna to extend into the backseat. So normally I leave the log-periodic at home as normally my day to day activities includes chasing trains with my camera equipment residing on the backseat of my Av.
Although the snow wasn't to bad, a northwest wind was making it interesting while setting up my pushup mast and antenna. Once everything was in place and the antenna up top, I retreated to the comfort of the truck and the operating position at my radio stack.
In actuality there was a method to my madness, as I wanted to run some tests with my log-periodic antenna set up in adverse weather that included windy conditions, allowing me to check out how the ball-mount attaching the antenna to the mast held the antenna securely with the it being buffeted by the wind.
After a couple of hours of running tests that included rotating the mast and antenna with the 12 volt rotator through 360 degrees back and forth, I was satisfied with how the mount was holding the antenna rigidly in place and called it done.
With everything dismantled and stored, I headed for home on what proved to be very slick roads with the snow continuing to come down. welcome to fall in southern Alberta.
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