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Old 2-Jan-2018, 4:19 PM   #111
tripelo
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A Tower & Antenna Evolution

The tower shown in previous posts has been in use since 1971. It is located in Russell County, KY. The earlier posts showed some antennas that have been resident on the tower. Hopefully, a series of posts could show nearly all that antennas that have been on the tower and some rationale as to the purpose of those antennas.

In 1971, with the help of my younger brother, tower sections were individually lifted & assembled, then two antennas installed with a Channel Master rotator.

- Channel Master Crossfire CM-3600 VHF antenna
- Predecessor to CM-4228 UHF antenna (shown previously)

The image below shows the almost completed project of installing antennas just after the final tower section was placed. The 2nd image shows an excerpt from Channel Master literature describing the new 'Crossfire' antennas.






The next image shows the predecessor to what is now know as the old CM-4228 UHF antenna (previously posted).




The objective was to receive stations from 3 cities:

- WAVE-3 Louisville (~101 miles, across typical hill & forested areas)
- WHAS-11 Louisville (~101 miles, across typical hill & forested areas)

- WLEX-18 Lexington (~77 miles, across typical hill & forested areas)
- WKYT-27 Lexington (~74 miles, across typical hill & forested areas)

By rotating antenna, receive:

- WATE-6 Knoxville TN (~93 miles, mountains in between)
- WBIR-10 Knoxville TN (~93 miles, mountains in between)

For most of the stations above, allowing for a bit of 'snow', reception was satisfactory mornings and night. Reception could be unreliable during day.

With the antenna rotator, this might have been a good setup for DX’ing. Stations could almost regularly be seen from various cities in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Maybe later, more details of subsequent antennas.

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File Type: jpg Finish Tower Erection.jpg (52.2 KB, 1242 views)
File Type: jpg Crossfire 3600.jpg (80.7 KB, 1280 views)

Last edited by tripelo; 2-Jan-2018 at 8:13 PM. Reason: clarify
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