Next weekend is the long Thanksgiving Day Weekend here in the US. After the holiday on Thursday, that leaves me with three days off. If the weather is not bitterly cold (which it is not supposed to be), I am thinking of taking down the W3EDP and putting up a random length doublet in its place. Of course, this is all depends on no surprises coming out of left field that could possibly occupy the entire weekend. You know what they say about "The best laid plans of mice and men ......"
The main objective would be to get the wire higher than it currently is. I am going to follow the old rule of thumb - "Get up as much wire as you can, as high as you can." This is the antenna that I used for so many years as a Novice and it served me well. I think I still have a Ten Tec Antenna T kicking around in the basement.
Basically, I would get that up as high in the maple in the backyard as I possible could, and then run as much wire as I could to each anchor point. I will feed it with 450 Ohm window line to the ground, to a balun (A few years back, Bob W3BBO made me a beautiful 4:1 that I still have), and then RG213 to the shack.
Off the top of my head, I am thinking I'd have about 50 feet of wire to one side and about 70 feet of wire on the other. The main thing, though, is that I'm hoping I can raise the wire level from about 25 or so feet to about 40 feet.
This would be my customized version of "The 4$ Special" antenna.
Ah, the joys of living on a small, suburban lot!
You might be thinking, "Why did he wait until now? Why not do this in the Summer, when the weather is more comfortable?"
I'll tell you why - most of the leaves are gone now. Hopefully there will be less snags and fewer #$*&! words uttered.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!