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Friday, March 2, 2018

Moxon Destroyed

The north-east region of the U.S.  is experiencing a very strong winter storm.  These storms are called "Nor-Easters"- that describes their track up the coast.   Here, we had wind gusts at 71 mph -- that was around what we had with Hurricane Sandy.  But no rain or snow down here -- it is a different story in New England. 

I was on the air, having a nice chat with Ivo OP2A on 17 when suddenly my SWR went way up.  I knew immediately what had happened.  I stepped outside and saw what you see above. 

Oh well, we had a good run.  It went up there on July 20, 2014.  Not bad for some fiberglass poles from Amazon, some scrap lumber and some wire from Steve Silverman (thanks Steve).  

To tell you the truth I was kind of hoping this would happen.  I'll replace it with a Moxon or a Hex that covers at least 20 and 17.   


  1. What about using carbon fibre instead of fibreglass (Which is rather brittle when cold)?

  2. Bummer! No aerial carnage here... We got about 8" of wet, heavy snow but the high winds that were predicted missed us.

    Where'd it break? The end of the fiberglass pole?

  3. You cant use carbon fiber... it's conductive

  4. It broke near the bottom of the fishing pole, where it was held in place by a U bolt.

    1. Bill - Find a hardwoord dowl that will fit in the pole end. It will keep the fibreglass from crushing and cracking.

  5. Sorry for the loss, but as you pointed out, perfect time for an upgrade. Sometimes we have to be motivate to change.


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