Firstly I must warn you this is a slightly odd topic, but I was hoping that somebody on the reflector may be able to help!
Yesterday (15/02/2013) I activated G/WB-003 on 144 FM using my HH, mag mount (for support) and my super slim jim. The activation went very well generating about 20 odd QSOs. I simply mounted the mag mount on top and used the slim jim as you dont need a ground plane. However being the slight eccentric that I am, I thought instead of the mag mount could I build a bracket for the support job!
The plan at the moment is to cut some sheets of aluminium approx 25 inches by 1.5 inches wide. Yesterday I had my tape measure with me and the top of the trig measures 15 inches by 15 inches.
I plan to mount them in a cross and bend the excess 5 inches down. Holes will be 2 small holes will be drilled for nuts and bolts to go in. In addition a larger hole will be drilled to mount a chassis RF socket (Yet to be decided but most likely N) I can then run Coax to this and connect a rig. Clearly though I may put a step in the bends to elevate the connector above the trig.
So I have the rough dimensions on top, what I am missing is the angle to which to bend the metal. Has anyone got a clue what the slope is on the standard UK trig points? I am not expecting anything, it may even come to being as sad as to take a protractor to my nearest one and work it out!
I just think that on summits where there is easy access to a trig setting this up would be a doddle with the slim jim or a mobile antenna with a set of radials. And would be a lot lighter than a mag mount that odes not work on trigs as the metal is brass!
Trig points are at least 1 metre high so act as quite a good platform to mount things on, so any ideas people?
(from a very sad man) Matt G8XYJ