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SOTA Antenna for Really Windy Summits

Pretty interesting stuff. Especially since you were able to change frequencies…even though you were Rock Bound! 73’s Dean ~ K2JB

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AC1Z-Thanks George for sharing your SOTA adventure. You sure are dedicated! Rock wind shelters are quite common in NH this picture was on Mt. Moosilaukee, NH W1/HA-003 December 27, 2018. It offered some wind protection but most of it was filled with snow.

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For Tthe peaks I do in the Rocky Mountains, I have not noticed the height of my antenna to significantly change antenna performance. Like Carey, I have deployed wires almost on the ground. There will be peaks that aren’t so forgiving, however. - Fred kt5x (aka WS0TA)

Photo: on Clara peak at about 9,000 ft elevation

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Good stuff, folks!
Yes, on those large piles of sharp, heavy insulators, height above effective local earth might be quite surprising!
Best, Ken

I’ve run a buddipole vertical on their short shockcord mast in winds in the 30-40mph (48-64KM/H) with zero issue It was well guyed down but the antenna experiences very low wind loading.

I have found that my trusty Avi-probe works great on rock summits along with a dipole made from Field phone wire for 20 meters. Always keep it handy at the trail head where I decide if I’m using it or not.

Malen
VE6VID

Hey George,
Your windy activation story reminds me of a few i struggled through out in the Mojave when I was W6AH a few years back.Nice job with the ground mounted antenna. It is amazing how well we can get out with sub-optimal conditions. Will look for you on the bands again!
73
Mike