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World's largest amateur radio antenna collapses.

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by Captain Kilowatt, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    No details yet but it has been reported and confirmed on the ARRL contest letter that the MASSIVE 80/160m rotatable yagi at OH8X aka Radio Arcala has collapsed in a storm. A quote says "The Radio Arcala team is preparing a report that will be available in a few days."


    This is it before the collapse.



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  2. wavrider

    wavrider W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Is this the same antenna they base jump off of?

    I have seen a few you tube video of it. Big honking antenna.
     
  3. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    They did allow three base jumpers to do it once.
     
  4. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Shame
     
  5. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    Understatement of the year. LOL
     
  6. Mudfoot

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    Wonder if LLoyds insured it?
     
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  7. Robb

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    Good riddance, it was a real eyesore and an accident waiting to happen.
     
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  8. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    Pfffffftt.....and you call yourself a ham.

    The antenna was located in Finland. One quote I saw on qrz.com said "Sweeet Jeebus! I wonder which way it fell. Into Norway or Russia? " :D
     
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  9. Robb

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  10. Captain Kilowatt

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    I am sure that 7J4AAL's yagi came down a few years ago in a storm. Pretty sure I read that somewhere.

    That W7CY yagi is only for 80m. The OH8X yagis were for 80m and 160m.
     
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  11. 2RT307

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    Just an FYI to you guys... don't watch the YouTube video of the OH8X antenna rotating around. I caught a nasty malware from it... tough to kill it but I finally got it done. See what I get for being curious about this post? :blink:

    In case I'm too late, here's how to kill it:
    3 Easy Ways to Remove "Antivirus Security Pro" virus

    Malwarebytes has a free program to remove it. Not pushing the program, but it did work. There are a couple other ways to get rid of it as described on the site listed above.

    73,
    Brett
     
  12. TonyV225

    TonyV225 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    C.K. You b@$+ard!! I literally choked on the damn gummy sweetarts I was eating when I read this reply and laughed!! LMA:LOL:!!! Now that I didnt choke to death!!!
     
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  13. w2ibc

    w2ibc W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    malware? use linux and it wont be a problem :D
     
  14. 2RT307

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    Or even an Apple laptop, for that matter. Sadly, it's my work laptop, using Windows 7. Didn't mean to throw the subject off either... just thought others might look the subject up and watch the same stupid infected video that I did! It really is/was an impressive setup.

    73,
    Brett
     
  15. vkrules

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    Reminds me of what an old ham said years ago,when asked how high you should go, "build it if it stays up it's not high enough, if it falls down it was to high".
     
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