Winter Storm Causes Antenna Problems

After an early season winter storm dropped 8.4″ of snow and ice the weekend of November 25 many club members found their antennas covered in ice, drooping or bent. They’ll need a few more days until things start to melt to make a full assessment of the damages.

We’d like to remind everyone that the club has several resources for those of you looking to repair your antennas, or any other ham radio equipment. Members can post a message on Sarc-All which all club members then recieve in an email. This is a great way to start a discussion about building techniques, dimensions or repair ideas. If you’re taking your antenna down for reparis, why not bring it to our Construction Project on the second or fourth Saturday of the month? This event is well attended and those members brings plenty of construction and repair expertise to share.

N9JAX had a hex beam come off its mount due to an ice load.
This vertical at N9JAX is still standing and should straighten up when the snow melts.
KC9SGV found a lot of ice on a roof-mounted vertical.
A wire antenna KD9KMV has grown significantly in diameter with ice