Monthly Archives: July 2013

Summer Maintenance

Well  summer is upon us at last, so the members of HFDXARC  got the outdoor repairs and servicing done.

We hope you enjoy this little write-up and pictures which speak for themselves.



First up is to service our HY-Gain TH3 which is over 35 years old now and still in great shape.



We check each year all the stainless steel nuts and bolts and re grease them.

Check over the traps and retune the beam as required , this year saw work been done on the shotgun match and balun connections.


who`s doing what


Wail the tower was hoisted over for removal of the beam, we had time to do some much-needed welding on the yard-arm to give it extra support for heavier wire aerials , Kevin 2E0KVK along with Steve 2E0NSQ, made easy work of this job, Kevin had not welded for over 20 years, but he was like duck to water once again with that old stick welder.

Slide Show

Slide Show


With all the antenna and tower work underway,it was time once again to look at the roof on the radio club, it had sprung a leak over the winter.

It was soon found that water had stood on part of the roof and had leak in. We had to fill a hollow and some cracks on the concrete slab, so a cement slurry mix for roofs was laid, then left all day and over night to dry, the following  morning it was time to seal the roof again with cromapol roof sealer, after  two good coats  roof was compete, we hope this repair will last a good few years as it say so on the tin.

Slideshow below

With all the servicing and repairs now done it’s time for a well-earned BBQ and a few beers




Andy G7LRR

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Antenna Installation Day for Kevin 2E0KVK

Last Saturday 13/07/2013 saw members of the Humber Fortress DX ARC arrive at the home of Kevin 2E0KVK and Val SWL (M6 in training), to help put up Kevin’s new V beam antenna 40m – 10m.

The antenna had a long trip from Japan, and Kevin, had waited patiently for 2 months for its arrival.

The day was extremely hot 28c and shorts (with socks) were out in force, so apologies for any glare the white legs may have caused to the pictures!

The construction crew this time included, Bob M0RWL, Andy G7LRR, Steve 2E0NSQ and Chris 2E0CBW.  Linda M6LGN and Jo 2E0JJO came along to offer moral support and supervise the proceedings.


The Antenna had arrived flat pack and after a short time, it was realized also minus a couple of nuts and bolts, but due to an epic journey around the city by Chris and Andy replacements were found. The skills of Bob and Steve were put to good use on the rest of the project including the use of a tape measure and reading the instruction book during their absence and soon the antenna was put together and ready to go up.



Chris got the job of going up the ladder to fasten up the top bolts, attach the coax and replace the TV Ariel which had to come down to make room for the more important one. (looks like you’re the height guy now Chris!!)


After everything was fastened up securely and the antenna was run through the analyzer, Kevin got on the radio straight away.


He got contacts from various places around the world including Indonesia, so it seems the build was a great success. Kevin was extremely happy with the result.


During the day everyone sat down to a fantastic BBQ with cake afterwards, so many thanks to Chef Kevin for the cooking (and a medal for standing near the BBQ in that heat), and Val for the never-ending supply of cold Drinks.

Everyone had a lovely day and I would just like to send another big thank you to all those who turned out to help.





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VHF Field Day 2013

Vhf field day starts off with great weather sun shining and 26 deg’s and everyone starts to turn up for the weekend camp over pitching tent and caravans.

Saturday morning starts off with getting our portable shack in place and masts setup for 2 pm saturday kick off.

The 12 element Yagi for 2m is set to 10m height and guyed down all ready to go, John M0JBA set up camp and puts together his 70cm station with a home-made 7 element Yagi and 5 watts QRP which he operates from his tent into the wee small hours.

The contest kicks off and we soon find out the Yagi on 2m is working better than we thought it would with great results, contacts as far as spain are made over the 24 hours with just 100 watts.

In true Humber Fortress DX Sytle Saturday saw our normal event fish and chips supper which was enjoyed by all, the weekend before had seen a small party for an antenna install day at one of your members Jo 2E0JJO and Chris’s 2E0CWB QTH,

Whom put on a great BBQ and that was followed by a nice profiterole gateau,but one of our team Steve 2E0NSQ thought his serving was too small, it so happened Jo heard about this little moan of Steve’s, and on Sunday presented Steve with his own full profiterole gateau, the Greedy Cheap never shared it.

We are only kidding Steve..

A big thank you to all that supported the event.

Please enjoy a short slide show of the weekend


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