Here’s a link to PDF “How to Build a Quiet Station V2.PDF” in my Dropbox:
Here is an interesting video on the presentation at Friedrichshafen about
On a different topic. Your call has always seemed familiar to me, and when I was looking at your presentation it finally came to me... Aren't you the ham/engineer who fought a MAJOR zoning battle over a tower a few years back and put the zoning board all in their places? I would love to hear more about that battle....
Yes that's me. Very long story.
Took 9 years and lots of $$$ to wind it's way thru the courts but my tower and SteppIR MonstIR which was legally permitted and correctly engineered from the beginning still stands.
The City was forced to pay me and my lawyers so I came out way ahead financially. We defeated a subsequent attempt to rewrite antenna zoning laws so now any Ham in San Diego can easily get a permit.
I recently even won monetary judgments against 3 neighbors who initiated the ruckus.
Proved that you can fight city hall and NIMBY neighbors, if you are willing to be ultra aggressive, spend the $, not play nice, when you know they are wrong.
If you want more detail write me at ky6la at ky6la dot com
Howard, your fighting style is very similar to mine when I come across a retailer who tries to stiff me. Never failed. Even 'good' companies like Amazon sometimes need to be put-right.
Unfortunately many local municipalities who issue the actual tower building permits willfully ignore the Federal Law. So it sometimes becomes necessary to take them to court and have a judge explain the law to them.
In the long run, if the ham does not give up in frustration he will win.
While I have little patience with governments and bureaucrats, having run businesses I tend to cut businesses a lot of slack.
I was reading something on a ham usenet group recently about areas of the US that do not permit visible antennas at all.
I just want to say THANKYOU! THANKYOU! THANKYOU! THANKYOU!
I disassembled my station about 3 weeks ago to re-wire, re-ground and re-think the layout. I followed your document to the best of my ability with the resources available. My shack is on the 1st floor, so I have had to utilize an artificial ground - which works great.
Yesterday I finally got everything back together and today I finally had a chance to test everything out.
I am absolutely amazed at how much the noise level is reduced. I have been chatting with my friends in Texas this evening for the first time since I moved to NC in May 2013 - because I can now hear them!
And no more RF ingress into my speakers!
Now I am working on getting the antenna higher and really playing with the 6500.
Again. THANK YOU!
Howard, I'm in a condo. Concrete and re-bar. Only electrical ground is the conduit in the wall. Will that do? I'm in process of snaking coax up to my roof, to move antenna's up there. There is a lighting rod, about 30' tall, with huge copper cables running 120' vertical to under the elevator pit with copper rods. Once there I'll ground the coax up there too. Was also considering the MFJ 931 artificial ground, but I believe that only improves the RF ground?? Once I've got coax to the roof, I see a steppir beam on the roof deck, and I don't think the mfj does much??
Right now I'm on a homebrew trapped dipole, hanging on my balcony. The noise on 80 meters is S-8! The antenna is only about 10' away from the shack so getting it up away from me about 50' up should improve the situation.
So step 1 is to get the antenna up as high as possiable and away from all my noise (computers, switches, etc). 2 is to get the antenna grounded at the roof to those big copper cables (protection). 3 is to get some grounding of the radio, computers, switches, as best I can to the conduit. The conduit is grounded and there is a green ground wire inside the conduit too. I know it's not "big", but it's about 100' down to earth!
Thanks, Brent NB4AP
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