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Friday, April 18, 2014

ANT2A is Up

After a little over a week since it fell, ANT2A is back up in the air and coonected to TX7. We are very grateful for the volunteers who worked hard with us to get the job done. The Lord also gave us some good weather for antenna work.  The antenna worked well last night and the transmitter tuned easily to the new hardware.

One difficult part of the repair was in the slew switch. (It looks a bit like a lunar lander in the photos.) When the antenna fell, it bent some components in the switch that were made out of large copper pipe fittings. The riggers were able to make new parts which worked out well.

Now that this work is complete, we can consentrate on building the antenna switch matrix.  The control software work has progressed very well.

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