Finally, I also have a vertical for HF. I was given a Butternut HF6V which had snapped at the base. A new ground fixing arrangement was duly conceived and I also fashioned 12m and 17m coils from central heating piping (not ideal, but they work well in the dry). The Butternut is sited next to a tree which affords it some support and surprisingly, it has worked rather well even since we built a fourth bedroom onto the side of the house, the corner of which is less than a metre away. Still, I worked the Maldives on 30m using this antenna under these less than ideal conditions!
This array is just about as large as my garden will allow, as the photograph on the left demonstrates. The Mini-Quad in particular is the widest antenna that I can attach to the mast without it fouling on the house when tilted over . . . .
Close-up of the Butternut with the home-made coils and straps for 18 and 24MHz.
The Butternut is nicely ‘hidden’ against the Silver Birch.
. . . . and although a tilt-over antenna system is the ultimate in simplicity as far as maintenance is concerned. Assistance is always welcome, no matter how small ------>
The array has to be precisely positioned to get it past the corner of the house.
This is Mark - the Junior-Op.
To Carry my UHF and SHF antennas, (18 ele for 70cm, 35 ele for 23cm and 25 ele for 13cm), I bolted a 2 inch aluminium scaffold pole to the side of the house. Latterly, this installation has been greatly ruggedised by housing the rotator in a modified cage from Tennamast so as to give greater protection in times of high wind.