Another Disaster

Whoosh. There goes Strasburg. It can be a real challenge to keep a bunch of aluminum up in the air.  Witness the results of the March 24 blizzard on the eastern plains of Colorado.  It wasn’t much of a blizzard as blizzards go but it was enough to take down the main vertical.  It was my fault, of course.  I should have replaced the temporary tree stakes anchoring the guys with steel T-posts.  Sure enough one of the tree stakes broke in the wind yesterday and aluminum poles don’t stay up very long without guy wires.

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Only two aluminum sections were damaged. It was a pleasant surprise to find the exact replacement sizes in my spare stock.  The mast was also bent but my friend, John Neilson, KC0RF has a spare length of galvanized pipe.  Total cost of disaster is $0.  That’s a good kind of disaster.  Repair work can begin once the mud dries in a few days.  Almost a non-event.  Meanwhile there is a 20 meter vertical available so we can stay on the air for one band at least.