I'm a 69 year old ham with spinal disc disease so it's difficult for me to put up an antenna and dangerous for me to get on the roof because of side effects from medications that can make me dizzy.
After 24 years of renting where I could not have outdoor antennas I was able to buy a small home in north Minneapolis (55412) this spring and would like to get an antenna or two up before the sunspot cycle heads lower.
There's an antenna I'd love to put up, the K4KIO Hexbeam. I can't afford a tower so my choices are using a push-up mast anchored at ground level, getting a small roof tripod and drilling holes to mount it or using a chimney mount. I'd prefer the chimney mount, if the antenna wouldn't hang over the property line, or the gound mount.
I also have a G5RV antenna I'd like to hang using the tree(s) in the front yard and a tree in the back yard if anyone has a spud gun or sling shot to get the antenna as high in the trees as possible. I doubt any of the trees are more than 25 feet tall.
I'm willing to pay for help but I also have a second new G5RV and an Isotron antenna to trade for help if you'd prefer.
The first thing would probably be to find an interested ham, preferably with hexbeam experience, to stop over to give me his advice on getting that antenna up.
My house is a one-storey on a small city lot. I've been in contact with the city and they just want to know whether I'll be ground mounting or roof mounting the hexbeam before the project begins.
I don't have the hexbeam yet, I'm waiting to order it and the other supplies until I know I can get help to put it up. I'd like to get it up before the end of October and the G5RV sooner so I have something to get on the air with. This will probably be my last sunspot cycle and I've been inactive for so long that I sure want to be hamming before the snow flies!!
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