AMATEUR RADIO STATION
one mile back from the cliff top SE of Lands End, this is the view to the
SW and long path to ZL / VK. It's a superb radio site all round, with the
horizon only obstructed by a few degrees to N/NE.
mast is 40 ft HD Versatower and carries antennas for all 9 HF bands. 160m
is a 38ft top loaded Tee hung off the side of the mast. Mast is shunt
fed for 80m. 40m & 30m are sloping dipoles from near the top of mast
to head height.Since August 2011 20m > 10m bands are covered by a Tennadyne
the call sign G3XRJ in 1965 while studying to be a Radio Officer in the
Merchant Navy. Came ashore in 1970 and worked at Portishead Radio until
1975 when I moved back to my home location to work at Lands End Radio/GLD
until 1998. Amateur radio interest has always centred on 80m DX while
keeping an ear on 160/40m, CW & SSB.
Rain static noise has plagued me all my working life as well as on the Ham bands. I've long held the view that rain static on a receiving aerial can be alleviated by using PVC covered wire - with the proviso that there are no metal structures within the immediate vicinity - its no good hanging pvc covered wire off a steel mest for instance.
An excellent example occurred on 11th March 2018 during the close passage of a thunderstorm. While working on 14Mhz using my aluminium hf beam. band noise increased from s1 to s9+, while my pcv covered wire loops at 150m distant are noise free.
On the basis that a picture is worth a thousand words here is a 25sec Youtube video