From: Emmett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: January 14, 2007 09:31:05 PST
Subject: Another Rabbit Success! [Santa Ynez Jan 13 2007]
Yesterday's activities at Santa Ynez Peak went extremely well even though we
didn't accomplish everything we had planed.
We arrived at the peak on schedule at 9:00 AM to a temperature of about 28
degrees, light winds and sunny blue skies.
By 9:30 we had everything unloaded and started assembly of the first coax
connector on the 7/8" Hard-line. Another hour was spent getting the spool
of Hard-line on rollers and in place to feed directly up the 100' tower.
At 10:30 using a rope and pulley, we began the arduous task of threading the
Hard-line up the leg of the tower. This was especially difficult because
of the rats nest of coax already on the tower. Rabbit standards dictate
the installation had to be equal to or better than a professional
I the meantime work had begun on cleaning up the Repeaters Controller
hook-up wiring and replacing the power switches on each Transmitter assembly
that had been giving us such fits during our controller troubleshooting.
We also had a team working general clean-up in the building including
replacing burned-out florescent tubes, and a couple others preparing a pot
of Chilly Beans to warm our bellies after being outside in the cold.
By noon the temperature hit a high of 40 degrees with only a light breeze.
At 1:30 the Hard-line was connected to our 7db Station Master at the very
top of the tower. The Hard-line was attached to the tower leg every 3' to
ensure a long lasting secure installation.
We gobbled down 4 quarts of Chilly and lots of sandwiches and drinks during
the lunch break. It was sure a treat to have hot chilly to help warm us up!
During the course of the day 2 gliders kept a careful watch on our progress.
By the time lunch was over, it was clear we would not be able to get the
Link antennas mounted and Hard-line installed before dark with temperatures
expecting to drop well below 20 degrees. The decision was made to install
and point the 2 Link Antennas and call it a day on the tower. The only
space available on the tower for the Link antennas was on the top cross-arm
(curse the bad luck), fortunately we have plenty of 7/8" Hard-line. By 3:30
the Link antennas were securely bolted to the top cross-arm of the tower.
Back in the building the switches had been replaced, clean-up of the
controller wiring, mounting of the "IM Panel" had been completed and audio
level validation checks were well underway.
The next step was to route the Repeaters Hard-line into the building,
install the connector and add grounding for lightning protection. All tasks
were completed by 4 PM and general site clean up started. Everything was
packed up and we started down the hill at 5 PM, looking at a beautiful
purple and red sunset. The temperature as we left the hill was 31 degrees
and dropping fast.
The ride home was very fulfilling with everyone chitchatting on the Santa
Ynez radio. It rapidly became clear that the 449 radio was performing at
the best it had ever performed, with coverage in canyons where before there
was little or none. [FANTASTIC 449..eb]
Pictures of the activities will be posted in few days on
www.rabbitradio.org. Have a look see! [Really nice when pix are reduced to
leaa than 50KB..eb]
As always the success was a team effort with the following people
WA6FGK, W1UUQ, KA6GSU, W6KGB, WA6CRE, WA6NSR, WA6LKV, W6RBW, KD6VLO, KD6DUN
and the team even allowed me to participate if I didn't give too many orders.
Once the weather warms up a bit we will make another trip to Santa Ynez to
finish the remaining work.
The Repeater and Link-1 are fully functional. The repeater is on its
permanent antenna and Link-1 is connected to a 460 Mhz Station Master
temporarily. The 2-Meter antenna is mounted and Hard-line installed, but
the radios transmitter has a audio problem, so its not functional. When it
does become functional, it will have a few new frequencies installed, so be
sure to consult the new Cactus or Rabbit manuals before use.
Meeting - Mar 3, 2007 will be in Ontario,
reserve soon, hope to see you.