Tue, 9 Mar 1999 23:16:54 +0000 (GMT)
That all sounds fine. Some weather we are having here. If we can just
slip a sheet of plastic between the shorting ball and the antenna lead we
should be fine since we won't be putting a lot of power on the lead. I
would like to sweep the downlead +coil with an oscillator to see what the
impendence looks like. Unless the Q is over 400 the voltage should not
exceed 400 volts.
I must confess that it pains me greatly that we will be at the site and
not even hook a receiver to the goliath antenna. I don't think I could
look at myself in the mirror next Monday without at least trying this
out. If it is safe for you to unground it I would like to include the
goliath in the tests. But please don't endanger yourself given this
Speaking of weather, they are saying clear skys on Saturday. It is a
little too early to be sure of any forecast that far out but I have my
We can give you a hand on that downlead on Saturday, no problem. I
assume you have necessary ladders. Again, don't endanger yourself. I am
not sure it will matter anyhow. We are still learning and cannot predict
these things yet.
I was only too happy to come to the meeting as I share your desire to
save the towers and unique station artifacts. I got the impression that
the VLF transmitter building is under the control and disgression of the
Academy. We need to try to come up with a plan to save the artifacts
(transmitter, etc.)for posterity while providing some usefulness to the
Academy. Perhaps as an Amateur Radio clubhouse?
I did get an email from the ham club sponsor and he will try to get by.
He doubted we would see many middies since it is spring break for them.
I will see if he indicates any interest. Middies have such a full
schedule they may not want such a distraction.
On Tue, 9 Mar 1999, John Schorpp wrote:
> Frank; Was pleased to see you at the meeting last night.
> Tha O.I.C. of the C.B.s gave his blessings for you and your
> party to use the building on the 13th or 20th. I have not
> been able to locate the keys for the ground system but we can
> mechanicaly lift it. If the weather clears up before Fri.
> I'll get a helper and repair the broken lead. Otherwise one
> of your party can assist me in the repair.
> Respectfully, John