It's time to say goodbye to the maple tree in the back yard - my trusty antenna support over the last 22 years. My neighbor came by today to tell me that his cousin, who has a tree service business will be by sometime this week to take it down.
Unfortunately, it's time. The trunk has carpenter ant damage and the tree is not the most healthy. The trunk is hollow in places and were we to get another Sandy type of storm, it would most definitely go horizontal. So tomorrow, the W3EDP will come down as well as the VHF/UHF J-pole, so that will not get damaged when the crane is moved into my neighbor's driveway.
Once the tree is down, some sort of mast will go up in that corner of the back yard to take place of Ol' Mapley. For the foreseeable future, I will have only the Butternut HF9V and perhaps the AlexLoop for the time being.
Good bye, ol' friend - thanks for holding up my wire antennas!
72 de Larry W2LJ
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