AMATEUR RADIO STATION
one mile back from the cliff top SE of Lands End, this is the view to the
SW and long path to ZL / VK. It's a superb radio site all round, with the
horizon only obstructed by a few degrees to N/NE.
mast is 40 ft HD Versatower and carries antennas for all 9 HF bands. 160m
is a 38ft top loaded Tee hung off the side of the mast. Mast is shunt
fed for 80m. 40m & 30m are sloping 1/4wave wires from near the top
of mast to head height with 2 radials on each. Since August 2011 20m >
10m bands are covered by a Tennadyne T6.
Rain static noise has plagued me all my working life as well as on the Ham bands. I've long held the view that rain static on a receiving aerial can be alleviated by using PVC covered wire - with the proviso that there are no metal structures within the immediate vicinity - its no good hanging pvc covered wire off a steel mast for instance.
excellent example occurred on 11th March 2018 during the close passage
of a thunderstorm. While working on 14Mhz using my aluminium hf beam.
band noise increased from s1 to s9+, while my pcv covered wire loops at
150m distant are noise free.On the basis that a picture is worth a thousand
words here is a 25sec Youtube
obtained the call sign G3XRJ in 1965 while studying to be a Radio
Officer in the Merchant Navy.