W1XX 160 T-Vertical Victim of Recent Storm
W1XX 160 T-Vertical Victim of Recent Storm avatar

By John Lindholm, W1XX

   Lew McCoy, W1ICP (SK) often said that if an antenna didn’t at some time fall down, it wasn’t up high enough.  Seemingly, my 160 meter T-vertical with 72 feet vertical was high or tall enough. Here’s the result of the recent ice/snow/rain/wind storm where winds were recorded at 70 mph on Block Island.  I can see Block Island (but not Russia) from my house. I think we’ve seen this story before.


It’s been over 3 years since CTRI manpower raised the antenna at a CTRI pre-meeting…so members willing, after repair, hopefully we can schedule a CTRI meeting again at my house for an antenna raising.  We’ve always had great attendance at the W1XX venue, so we’ll plan on hotdogs and hamburgers again in the near future. Thankfully, I made it through the CQ CW and SSB 160 Contests unscathed before catastrophe.

Hope all your antennas made it through the storm. 73!!




Another award showed up in my mail box
Another award showed up in my mail box avatar


In my mailbox today was a certificate from ARRL.  It informed me that I finished 7th place – US & Canada for the 2016 ARRL DX CW contest, which translated into 1st place Connecticut Section – Single Operator 80 meters (unassisted).  (24,111 points).

Once again, pick your category judiciously.  K1DM