[pskmail] Re: Antenna hazards in Australia (off topic!)

  • From: Larry Levesque <ka1vgm@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 04:41:39 -0500

On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 04:23:34PM +1100, Steve wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've been trying very hard to maintain a PSKMail server on 30M here in  
> Australia. Mostly this has worked out well for me. I've got a nice back  
> yard to erect antennae, and very accommodating neighbours.
> One thing that all Australians can't avoid however, is our wildlife.  
> Australia is the land of the parrot. One of our most famous species is  
> the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. They're big, noisy and intelligent. They  
> live longer than most humans too.
> The ones in my area love my PSKMail antenna. They've bent it a couple of  
> times now. Finally my wife caught them in the act (see picture below).  
> She (and my kids) were in fits of laughter when this picture was  
> captured. I think those animals knew what they were doing!
> I've re-enforced then antenna. This won't stop them though - I'm sure  
> they enjoy the challenge!
> If anyone has trouble hearing VK2ZSZ in the future, you can be sure that  
> these buggers have visited once again ;-)

Try running 1500Watts for a few seconds. The problem should clear up. :)

Larry Levesque

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