Another Field Day Past

Well 2013 field day is over. How did you do?

The first official Field Day operations were in 1933. This year marks the eightieth year sense that Field Day, but it was not the eightieth Field Day because there were several years during which ham radio operations were banned because of World War Two.

Many times a push pole is used to support an antenna on field day.

One of the most common mistakes made when trying to raise a push pole is first extending it to full length and then pull it up. That won’t work. You can see the results in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3aKS9eKwNQ. Someone can be heard in the background saying he thought the ground was too soft. That was not the reason for the failure.

The problem is when you are trying to raise the pole part of the pull is going to raise the antenna, and part of it is going to pushing down on the pole. The longer the pole is the greater the problem also with the pole fully collapsed there is the strength of each section so it can not bend and break.

A push pole should be fully collapsed when you raise it up then guy and secure the bottom section. Then use a ladder and first raise the upper most section by pushing it up out of the lower sections and tighten its set screw. Then raise the next highest section and tighten setscrew. If there is another section then push it up.

It really is a tricky project, and,  if at all possible, you should have someone in the group who is experienced at raising push poles.

For more information see the “ARRL Field Day Handbook.”

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