I had an old project in mind and it’s ready now. I’ve published an “educational” video about how to wind antenna wire.
The trick is a bit of silly, but just in case it provides a hint to the SOTA activators…
Sorry for some misspelling there now and then, not my mother languaje… I added subtitles in Spanish too.
I had a lot of fun preparing the video. Isn’t the RKO logo intro great?
If you consider it of interest maybe I’ll develop some more in the future. Sometimes visual tutorials are of help…
thanks for the nice video. I hope you were able to completely unknot your antenna wire again
I suspect that winding a 20m long wire in a figure of 8 on a single hand would become rather tedious, therefore I simply use my forearm as “winder”. I just position my forearm vertically and then wind the antenna wire in a figure of 8 fashion between my hand and the elbow. That’s quite a quick method even for longer wires.
Hi Ignacio, I always wind my dipole wires in a figure 8, however I use “kite winders” to achieve this. I don’t know the Castellano for kite wonders but I think you can see what I mean on sotabeams website.
For very long wires you can also do the 8 form around one of your arms for one half of the 8 form and around your neck for the other half.
This is how I’ve seen rock climbers wind their ropes.
73 de Guru
Hi Stephan, well, I wind my 12m long EFHW with ease but agree longer ones could be tedious. Anyway it works fine. Thanks for the forearm tip, nice addition.
I forgot to add you can wear gloves to wind this way, then keep your hands clean
Hi Steve, right, you can make an 8 on a kite winder as well… But without it is nice as well. The simpler the better.
Hi Tom, mmmm that old guitar sound and piano solo…
I’ll start thinking new ideas for tutorials then.
What about how to do a proper chase? Seems useful nowadays, I guess Just kidding, I’ll stick to activation procedures…
Effective - but I have found my method to be easier and quicker. When packing up, I simply roll up the wire around my hand and use the end to tie it off. When I want to put the antenna up again, I unroll it from the inside of the coil - the wire is permanently connected to the balun, so I untie the end of the wire from around the coil and then holding the coil allow the wire to come away from the inside of the coil as I walk away from the balun and lay the wire out along the ground.
Love the funny bits thrown into it that put a smile on your face and make it more interesting and the RKO starter bit. Man not seen that in a while and if so think about it my first time i ever heard Morse code all those years ago.
Twists only slightly - but not an issue. This antenna has done somewhere around 100 activations now - have had to perform multiple repairs to the wire fixing point onto the balun (wire breaks at the attachment point to the balun due to a lack of strain relief), but confident this is not due to the wire being twisted due to the way I roll it up.