Ev Wittig WB7VNF's "Dream Station"

On October 3, 2011, Ev did an excellent presentation at the monthly CARA meeting.  He described the installation of his new amateur radio station.  Thank you, Ev!
Ev Wittig WB7VNF

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Proposed tower location VHF/UHF tower
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Proposed tower location TX455
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Proposed tower location BWD90 Folded Dipole tower
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Contractor Arrival
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TX455 Removal from truck 1
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TX455 Removal from truck 2
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Backhoe in position to start first hole for TX455
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First "scoop" by backhoe for TX455 base
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TX455 base hole in progress
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TX455 base hole about half done
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TX455 base hole 6-foot 6-inches deep, complete
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Digging second tower base hole for Rohn 45G for BWD90 Folded Dipole
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Second tower base hole about 1/2 done
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Preparing to dig third tower base hole for VHF/UHF Rohn 45G
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TX455 base hole showing forming
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Rohn 45G base being leveled for BWD90 Folded Dipole tower
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Rebar in hole with 45G tower base for BWD90 Folded Dipole tower
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Rebar cage in hole for TX455
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Base pour BWD90 Rohn 45G tower
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Base pour VHF/UHF Rohn 45G tower
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Base pour TX455 tower
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Cement finishing BWD90 Rohn 45G tower
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Completely finished Rohn 45G tower base for VHF/UHF tower
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Completely finished base for TX455
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Tower stack Rohn 45G for BWD90 Folded Dipole
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Rohn 45G for BWD90 3/4 done
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Rohn 45G for VHF/UHF antennas 3/4 done
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Rohn 45G for VHF/UHF antennas completed
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Trench under wall for coaxial cable feedlines to radio room of house
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Monument Fire - Ash Canyon Blow Out
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Monument Fire - Miller Peak/Miller Canyon Blow Out
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Antelope Fire - View 1
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Antelope Fire - View 2
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Monument Fire - Miller Canyon 1:30/AM from front yard
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Monument Fire - Ramsey/Carr Canyon Blow Out 1
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Monument Fire - Ramsey/Carr Canyon Blow Out 2
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Tower Grounding Preparation - VHF/UHF Rohn 45G
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Cadweld set up VHF/UHF Rohn 45G
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Fire in the hole 1 - Cadwelding ground to tower leg Rohn 45G VHF/UHF tower
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Finished Cadweld on tower leg 1
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Finished Cadweld on tower leg 2 (Close up)
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8-foot ground rod with Cadweld for Rohn 45G VHF/UHF tower leg 1
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8-foot ground rod with Cadweld for Rohn 45G VHF/UHF tower leg 2
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Starting Cadwelding tower ground Rohn 45G VHF/UHF tower leg 3
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Cadweld at full heat Rohn 45G VHF/UHF tower leg 3
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Cadweld cool down
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Striking Cadweld Rohn 45G VHF/UHF tower
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Fire in the hole 2 - Cadweld Rohn 45G VHF/UHF tower
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Dual 8-foot ground rods on each leg of TX455 tower
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Cadwelding ground rod for Rohn 45G BWD90 Folded Dipole tower
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Striking Cadweld for Rohn 45G BWD90 Folded Dipole tower
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Cadweld fire on ground rod for Rohn 45G BWD90 Folded Dipole tower
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Cadweld cool down on ground rod for Rohn 45G BWD90 Folded Dipole tower
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Finished Cadweld on ground rod for Rohn 45G BWD90 Folded Dipole tower
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TX455 installation 1
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TX455 installation showing automation assistance
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TX455 initial stand up
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TX455 beam installation
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TX455 beam installation complete
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TX455 cranked up to full height with beams installed for first time
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Commercial VHF/UHF antenna mount at 40 feet Rohn 45G VHF/UHF tower
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Antenna mounting at 30-feet Rohn 45G VHF/UHF tower
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BWD90 Folded Dipole Stand-off Rohn 45G tower
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All three towers at WB7VNF with antennas but no feedlines
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All three towers view 2
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Pablo Duarte, Durham, fabricating LMR400 jumpers
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Pablo Duarte, Durham, modifying weathertight box for polyphasers
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Pablo Duarte, Durham fitting polyphaser bar into box
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Feedline feedthrough plate inside radio room
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Weathertight box mounted on outside of house with hole into radio room
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Trenching with conduit for feedline for BWD90 Folded Dipole
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Pablo Duarte, Durham installing feedlines on TX455 tower
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Conduit in trench from TX455 tower
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View of conduits and twin 7-foot ground rods for station/polyphaser grounding
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Twin conduits carrying feedlines from VHF/UHF tower
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Feedline shield grounds for VHF/UHF Rohn 45G tower
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Feedline shield grounds for TX455 tower
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Feedline shield ground for BWD90 Folded Dipole
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All three towers with feedlines installed
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Weathertight box with cover in place - note conduits coming into bottom of box
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Polyphaser bar with feedlines and jumpers into shack
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Polyphaser bar showing labels and grounding - station ground is green wire
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Inside feedthrough plate showing jumpers coming into radio room
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Completed station interior
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Close up of amateur station portion of wrap-around
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Weather Station/Scanner/Computer portion of wrap-around
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Me operating Tait TM9100 P25-capable VHF base station
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VHF/UHF tower complete with feedline clickits and weather station sensor suite
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VHF/UHF tower with weather station sensor suite close up
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Davis Vantage Vue weather station indoor unit
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Garage radio workshop
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Completed towers
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View of towers over house

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