Quesion for hams: what is my neighbor up to?

Not your average zombie prep board. How will you prepare, how will you help?

Moderators: admin, Inquisitor, ForumModerator, WebsiteContent

Post Reply
User avatar
Buck13
Verified Member
Verified Member
Posts: 3331
Joined: Fri May 25, 2012 11:21 pm
Location: Puget Sound Convergence Zone
Contact:

Quesion for hams: what is my neighbor up to?

Post by Buck13 »

I know virtually nothing about radio, although I was thinking of getting a BaoFeng UV-5R so I could listen in in a SHTF situation. This house is only a few blocks from me. The big antenna certainly isn't like something I remember seeing in many places. Is it actually unusual, or have I been oblivious? What are these guys into?

Image
Image
IMR4227: Zero to 900 in 0.001 seconds

I'm only killing paper and my self-esteem.

ImageImage

bmurph44
Been around awhile
Posts: 153
Joined: Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:46 am
Contact:

Re: Quesion for hams: what is my neighbor up to?

Post by bmurph44 »

Listening to everything you say...... :sarcasm:

User avatar
HuckleberryFun
Verified Member
Verified Member
Posts: 4065
Joined: Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:21 pm
Location: Portland, Oregon
Contact:

Re: Quesion for hams: what is my neighbor up to?

Post by HuckleberryFun »

That is a hexbeam antenna. It’s for HF (aka “shortwave”) bands, usually any or all the daytime bands: 10, 12, 15, 17, and 20 meters, although some brands have a 6 meter add on kit. It’s ideal for small lots, with a smaller footprint than a yagi. Works better than a dipole, not as well as a yagi.

Easy to homebrew with wires and fiberglass rods, but some major makers are Spiderbeam, G3TXQ, and SP7IDX. Lighter and more wind resistant than other antennas, so a less robust rotator is ok. Not for 2 meters, get something else for the Baofeng: any good vertical properly placed on the roof will do.

Your neighbor has verticals for FM VHF, looks like full wave or 5/8 wave for 2 meters/440, 220 meters, and 6 meters.
The dish on the tower is for a meshnet in the 2.4 GHz range (I think), for data link rather than voice. You got a fairly serious ham for a neighbor. In case of SHTF I’d just go to his house to get news from the outside: he’ll be able to listen and communicate both locally and globally. Go introduce yourself. Hams love to get others started in the hobby.
ImageImage
I’m not your Sherpa, so find your own way and carry your own baggage.

User avatar
Buck13
Verified Member
Verified Member
Posts: 3331
Joined: Fri May 25, 2012 11:21 pm
Location: Puget Sound Convergence Zone
Contact:

Re: Quesion for hams: what is my neighbor up to?

Post by Buck13 »

Awesome answer. Thanks!
HuckleberryFun wrote: In case of SHTF I’d just go to his house to get news from the outside: he’ll be able to listen and communicate in both locally and globally. Go introduce yourself.
Let's hope he has a generator and plenty of fuel for it. Although you can barely see in the photos a small solar system on the deck railing, which I suppose would be likely to feed an auxiliary battery for the radios. I think I saw just two little panels of maybe 2 or 3 square feet, which won't put out much in the Seattle gloom, so I guess he's planning to be cold but informed! A lot of people around us are putting fairly large arrays on their roofs, but our roof is small and weirdly shaped, so I'm not sure we could do much better.
Hams love to get others started in the hobby.
Oh, man, the LAST thing I need is another hobby. I'm already trying to keep far too many balls in the air (figuratively: I'm much too clumsy for juggling).
IMR4227: Zero to 900 in 0.001 seconds

I'm only killing paper and my self-esteem.

ImageImage

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest