The “GU7TR” HF Antenna Goes SK

Before… and now…

Yesterday, a crew started the replacement of all eavestroughs and rain gutters in all units of the condo. What was not part of the equation was that some of the new downspouts would be transferred to a different location. Hence, the downspout that doubled as a vertical antenna (i.e., the “GU7TR”) was removed from the back wall of the unit (see picture) and replaced with a new one running down the side wall, outside the yard and many feet away from the short coax leading to the tuner, which almost cancels any possibly for reconnecting it as the new vertical.

Hence, until further notice, VA3PCJ/VE3DTI will be without a semi-permanent HF antenna in the QTH, and will only be able to resort to portable smaller antennas (Alexloop, Par Endfed tribander or Buddipole) all in the 10M-40M range. For 80M, a long vertical wire may be hoisted with the aid of a telescopic pole, and then tuned in conjunction with the elevated counterpoise wires running alongside the yard fence. But even this may not be possible much longer since the fence is also due for major upgrading.

From a radio point of view, a wire up the tree in the backyard would be the best possible solution. However, this is not likely to be re-attempted any time soon given repeated instances in the past of the wires being brought down without notice.

All this to explain why VA3PCJ/VE3DTI may not be operating much HF these days, at least not from the QTH…