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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Olive Interference

No, not from the digital mode. The interference was from the harvesting of real olives. We were out in the country on Tuesday (Italian holiday) and I was on the air with the HW-8. The backup alarm from the machine pictured above occasionally confused my copying of the CW. But it is a very interesting machine. It grabs the base of the olive trees with that rubber-covered gripping device, then it shakes them violently until all all the ripe olives are let loose. The ground shakes during the process. In spite of the QRM, 20 meters was sounding quite good in the afternoon, with many strong sigs from the USA, and one very stong VK6. Go sunspots!


  1. How long does it take to shake down a tree? I suppose you lay down a tarp? Did you use a rental or buy the machine?

    I want to try that!

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  3. Green and Yellow tractor... John Deere?

  4. They shake the tree for about 5 seconds. It is pretty intense --- the leaves all turn into a blur! Yes, they do have a tarp underneath, and they have an automatic, tractor-powered roll-up mechanism that pulls in the tarp and dumps the olives in a bin. I'll post a picture of this in a day or so. BTW: Some olive trees are more than 2000 years old!

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