This past week, I finally decided to install the Alpha Delta DX-LB Plus multi-band dipole antenna on the tower. It was quite a job lowering the antennas to the ground, adding the 10 foot stand off and the antenna on the stand off. I have to say, I’ve had some pretty good performance on it as I connected it. My location is in central Oklahoma and my first call was on 17 meters QRP (5 watts) to Portland, Oregon. Shortly after that, I made a call and was answered in Trinidad and Tobago.
I am very pleased with the performance but I need to do some more work with the guy wire installation. As you can see in the image, there is an elevator installed and the guy wires are installed on the elevator. This leaves me in a complicated decision when severe weather comes. I have to choose between lightning or wind. The guy wires are going to have to be removed from the elevator and be installed on the tower directly. Though the tower is installed to be self supporting up to a 90 MPH wind, I still do not like having it without guy wires in the occasional high winds that Oklahoma is capable of having.
As it is installed now, if I lower the antennas to the ground, to protect from lightning, then the guy wires are lowered as well, leaving the tower with no protection from wind. That is my next project to fix this dilemma. That elevator is incredibly handy because as I get older, tower climbing is more dangerous. Not to mention, Oklahoma is notorious for wasps, and for some reason they love towers. Climbing a tower into a wasp nest is not a good situation to find myself. 🙂
I hope to get this fixed pretty soon but one thing you can count on with our weather is the summers are very hot. If I don’t get this fixed soon, the heat becomes and issue. I’ll post pictures when I get it completed. Thank you for stopping by.
This Independence Day my wife, brother in-law and I went to Wild Horse Park in Mustang to enjoy the fireworks. It is not a public show and that is why I enjoy it so much. This park is filled with thousands of people from all over the Oklahoma City area and they bring their own fireworks to enjoy. The city also has many places to purchase them as well so they can reap the tax money from this exercise.
I love going to this because there are so many people doing this for hours and I’ve never seen a public display that even comes close to this. I think Mustang has tapped into a market that is desperately wanted and created a draw from miles away. Most cities in the area make fireworks illegal and they’ll quote all their reasons, such as safety, fire risk, etc. and those are definitely concerns that need to be factored in. I am so glad though that Mustang has realized that the tax dollars and people coming into their city is worth risking those concerns.
I have the utmost respect for their leadership for having the courage to allow their citizens the freedom to make their own choices. How refreshing it is to see a government that doesn’t feel the need to protect us from ourselves. I realize that people are different and desire different things. As one that likes to live peaceably with others, I try to understand this despite my frustration at this view. Sometimes we get our way and sometimes we don’t. Despite my disagreement with the policy of the city that I live in, I can live with it and do what I can, where I can.
If you live in one of these cities that bans fireworks, I would definitely encourage you to go to Mustang and give it a shot. There are a couple other areas like Choctaw that also allow it but no place that I’ve seen can compare to the organized gathering that Mustang has to offer. They provide a large public park where people circle the perimeter and set off their fireworks in the center of the park. Their are police and fire that circle the park periodically on utility vehicles to patrol and make sure that people use common sense. They have a strict 11:00 PM cut off time and they start circling the park around 10:40 with megaphones telling people they have 20 minutes left. My family and I have been doing this for about 13 years and really enjoy it . Watch the video and see the view from my vantage point. This was shot with my iPhone 8 Plus. You can see fireworks in all 360 degrees of where I am sitting. Thank you for stopping by.