During the Fall 1999 most of the antennas were assembled and installed.
It did take more time and effort to coordinate this installation than in
the past. The antennas are significantly larger and heavier.
The above picture shows the installation of the Force 12 C-51XR at 102'.
In this picture I am trying to mount the beam and align it to the 80 meter
rotary dipole (Force 12 EF-180/B).
The time required to prep, lift, mount and align was about 2 times longer
than expected. I initial installation of the C-51XR was around 4
hours. There were periods of break time that were taken to allow
me to rest. The cradle mount used by these magnum antennas are very
sturdy, but not as easy to mount on the mast as the "easy-on" mounting
plates used in some of the smaller Force 12 yagis.
Enjoying the rest and scenery
The original position of the TIC Ring Rotor was around 74' and when the
larger antennas were installed the stack spacing had to be increased.
Per Tom's, N6BT, suggestion the 40' seperation was used and the TIC was
installed around 62'. The next problem to overcome was mounting the
C-31XR with a 30" element spacing on to the 36" mounting cradle of the
Mounting the TIC Model 1032 Ring Rotor
The problems associated with mounting the C-31XR (element spacing of 30")
to the TIC Ring (cradle mount of 36") was overcome by using the truss assembly.
Two truss pieces were repositioned with 24" spacing, drilled, and mounted
on the cradle. A big thanks to Carl Anderson @ TIC Gen and Tom Schiller
@ Force 12 for the assistance....
Mounting the C-31XR at 62'
The tower is only 24" wide at this point, so the elements clear the
tower legs when turning (only by a few inches).
A more detailed picture can be viewed of this mounting by clicking:
TIC Ring Mounting. >>>>>>
Actually after the new truss supports were mounted to the TIC Ring,
the installation of the C-31XR went very quick. I might be slightly
biased due to the length of the C-51XR antenna :)
Note the 40' stack seperation
This picture was taken from the 11th
Green (Green Acres Golf Club) behind my house...
The Final Stack Configuration
144/440ZR @ 110' ; Vertical dipole for 144 Mhz and 440 Mhz
(Local Cluster antenna)
Force12 - EF-180/B
@ 107' ; 80 Meter rotary dipole (1 element 68' long)
Force12 - C-51XR
@ 102' ; 40-10 mtrs w/ seperate feedlines on each band
; (2 ele 40, 3 ele 20, 4 ele 15, & 7 ele 10 on a 51' boom)
M2 - 7 ele 220
Mhz @ 95' ; 220 antenna fixed on W9ZRX QTH for packet
Force12 - C-31XR
@ 62' ; 20-10 mtrs w/ seperate feedlines on each band
; (3 ele 20, 4 ele 15, & 7 ele 10 on a 31' boom)
Force12 - C-3E
@ 38' ; 20-10 mtrs w/ seperate feedlines on each band
; (2 ele 20, 3 ele 15, & 4 ele 10 on a 18' boom)