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2014 Hard Cover Handbook Dec 27th 2013, 18:50 3 2,818 on 24/5/14

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Suggest an "Affiliated Clubs" forum W3BC on 31/5/14
Bill and Joe,
I have to agree with the audits, but we also have a problem with the politics of this also. While I will not go into details, people have been dismissed when certain others have gotten into office no matter the one being dismissed is the best for the job. To be frank, if it happened here I'd just kiss the whole thing off and say goodby to them. But it would destroy our Club in the process. As it has done to other organizations here in South Western Virginia.
Russ, KG4MAV
2014 Hard Cover Handbook N4MAV on 27/12/13
Is anyone as disappointed with the new handbook as I am? While PDF is a decent format, what the heck happened to color? I was a little shocked to see it in black and white!
While yes I understand the cost factor here, but building a PDF and having it published is one thing, but really now it doesn't take that much more to make it in color! I thought this edition would be spectacular for the 100th anniversary of the ARRL, but that was my mistake. The articles are wonderful though, just in 2014 we could have used color even a little bit would break it up.
Maybe in the future put out a Handbook and an Antenna book through Zinio Reader, that would be nice.

Russ Abbey
Antron99 on HF WA8OCL on 27/10/11
I'm going to put my 2 cents in here. I also am on disability with very little left at the end of a month. I went to a farm store and bought a roll of their electric fence wire. I think it was a miles worth for cheap! I have used that stuff for a long while making dipoles and also using it for ground radials. The ground radials are all 1/4 wave of the frequency. I got a used Butternut HF9V at our local hamfest and when I put it up I laid down 1/4 wave radials for each band from 6 to 80 meters. All of them were laid on the ground after mowing the grass real short. I have had no problem with the mower vs. wires. The more wires the better the signal up to a point. Are you going to ground mount this? Or put it in the air?
Russ Abbey
Station Grounding N9AH on 27/10/11
Well, this is from experience here, so I'll tell you how my electrician and I did this. I was working on rewiring this old house we bought a long while ago now. :) I went to find the ground rod and panicked when I couldn't find it. We had had the house upgraded to 200 amp from 60 am service a few years ago now. I found the ground, on a water pipe which is copper. However, the water pipe changed into PVC before it went out to the well. I called my EX-electrician and he wouldn't fix it so I got another one who happens to live about a half mile from me. He stated that it was against the code to do a ground like that any more. So we put a ground rod in outside and redid the house ground. (It also cured a lot of problems I had had.) So to answer you questions here. Put a ground rod in and call an electrician to put the ground wire out to it. Yes, you have to ground everything to the house ground. It is 175 feet from my tower to the house and I had to put in a ground rod every 8 feet to the house so it would pass the inspection. Then I got to bury it all about 6 inches under the dirt. By the way, there is 3 ground rods for the tower surrounded by a halo of copper which is in turn surrounded by another halo 8 feet out from the tower. Over kill? Maybe, but at least I don't have to worry about the static charges that build up. I also have Poly Phayser's on every coax and hard line coming into this place.
Russ Abbey

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