Hustler 5BTV Vertical Install: Part 1

So, I have decided to start installation on a Hustler 5 Band Trapped Vertical (5BTV) for HF from DX Engineering. At roughly 25 ft tall, this antenna will allow me to work 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.

I started by digging an approximately 6in deep trench for some 3/4″ conduit for the coax run. My plan is to install the antenna in the round planter pictured, so that when the install is complete it won’t affect foot, mower, or other traffic. I occassionally drive through the back yard with my truck, mainly to park the trailer and load/unload yard debris and other items; so I couldn’t install it in the grassy areas of the yard. Also, with the limited trees and their positioning, I am restricted on the usage of dipoles or other wire antennas. The best option I have come up with is an OCF dipole, installed between my tower and the neighbors tree; however, they have mentioned interest in completely removing that tree.



Once the conduit run was finished, including backfill and reseeding the grass, I dug a 4ft deep hole with a post hole digger/shovel for the main “mast” pipe, and drove a 5/8″ 8ft ground rod. The “mast” pipe sticks out of the ground approximately 22″ (instructions recommend between 20″ and 23″ above ground) and is a 1-1/4″ galvinized water pipe that is 5ft long. I put a little gravel in the bottom of the hole, stuck the pipe in, and backfilled with concrete. I checked for plumb on 2 sides of the pipe (90 degrees apart) to be sure it was properly installed.

The final picture shows the “mast” pipe, the ground rod, and the conduit.

Coming Soon – Part 2: Radials, radial base plate, and coax run.

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In this post I will explain how I modified and set-up a VHF Motorola Desktrac for APRS Digipeater use. This is a very simple modification and requires some basic soldering skills and a few parts, many of which you will probably already have in your parts drawer.

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Weather & Information Images (WX-IMG)

I have updated my WX-IMG products and have included the WWV image in this release.
To add these images to your site please see
You are free to add them to your website, Facebook, MySpace or similar profile, including web signatures.

Also included in this release is my simple email address spam blocking image script. It is very simple to add to any page, but requires basic knowledge of HTTP URL structures. However it is explained completely on the page linked above.

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I have setup a new custom Weather Alert and SkyWarn Spotter Activation script through PHP and Twitter for Stark County, Ohio.

This project is currently in Live Beta Testing and I am encouraging anyone to “follow” the account; and if you wish, have them text messaged to your phone.

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Motorola MDC-1200 Radio Numbering Scheme

If your agency, or business is using Motorola MDC capable radios, then you can utilize this numbering scheme. This makes it easier to identify what type of radio and which unit # or radio # is transmitting at any given time.

I recommend setting MDC to “post only” which will make the radio transmit the MDC at the end after the user releases the PTT on the radio.

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Here are 12 websites you should know about and bookmark for Canton City and Stark County, Ohio.

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Discovery Project Earth

While I am a big fan and supporter of eliminating the need for fossil fuels, and making the environment “green”, some of the technologies they are testing may bring harm to existing ones in use everyday.

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Weather Image Scripts

I have had a couple of requests for permission to add some of my weather image scripts to some sites and profiles…

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Some people are “elmered” into the hobby, not just discover it on their own. I have always worked with electronics, whether it be the kits that my parents bought at the local radio shack, or something more like fixing a radio or cd player…

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