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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Installing Hustler 6-BTV Part 1 of 4

Back in 2012 in Ramona, CA I decided to install a Hustler 4-BTV in my backyard.  Click on below links for details:
Install Part 1
Install Part 2

Well about 3 weeks ago we started once again to install another Hustler antenna.  This time I chose the Hustler 6-BTV utilizing the DX Engineering Radial plate and Tilt Over mast.

Since my previous install in Ramona, CA, we have moved to Rock Hill, SC.  After submitting to our HOA of my plans for an antenna, it was approved by virtue of the HOA not responding to my reqeust within 30 the fun begins.

One thing I learned from the last install is while the antenna is cheap, getting everything needed to have a high performing vertical antenna is not.  All said and done, I could have purchased a nice Yagi Antenna from Cushcraft & maybe even a tower, the issue is I could not afford the Cement for the tower and I am sure the HOA would have objected to my 80 tower.

My home here in South Carolina sits on 1.02 acres of nice flat land.  So below is my design by using Google Earth:

Ensure you read and follow the install for this antenna from DX Engineering.  Here is the PDF Link to it.

The diagram above shows both a 32 foot and a 62 foot radial field.  I did this to see if I had the space needed and I do have the space for the 62 foot radials.

As mentioned above I have a nice flat 1 acre plot of land.  I decided to place the 6-BTV in the back part of the property and put out sixty, 62 foot radial wires attached to the DX Engineering Radial Plate.  I'll have to cut some of it near the Shed and property lines, but that is okay.

Since we have a good distance of Coax to run, I wanted to ensure I got a good Coax with minimal Attenuation Loss.  See chart.  I decided to get a LMR-600 brand of cable.  I found a good supply at a very good price.  The company I purchased from was Shireen Inc.  Click here for vendor on RFC-600 Cable, which is the same spec as LMR-600.  I purchased the 500 foot roll, as I have about 400 foot to cable and I am sure I will use the rest for something or help out a friend with it.

Steps needed to complete for success.

1.  Dig a 4 foot deep hole, 12 inches wide for mast
2.  Trench 400 foot to place a two inch conduit run for the two coax feeds
3.  Assemble, glue 400 Foot of 2" conduit pipe for the Coax line
4.  Cut, crimp sixty, 62 foot 14 AWG Stranded Copper Radial Line (Purchased at Lowes).  You can
     get 8 radials per 500 foot roll.
5.  Four Copper 8 Foot grounding rods.
     a.  One connected to Radial Field
     b.  One at base of  antenna with a Polyphaser Coax Lightning Protection
     c.  One at Garage Entry Panel with another Polyphaser Coax Lightning Protection
     d.  One next to Ham Station near the back of garage for RF Grounding
6.  Setup and design Coax Entry Panel on the outside
7.  Put it all together
8.  Tuning the BTV with my RigExpert AA-170
9.  Getting on the air

Since I did not have a post hole digger and they cost about 30-40 dollars, I decided to rent one.  It cost me $86.00 at Home Depot for 4 hours and well worth it.  For I am sure we would have spent 4 plus hours doing it with a post hole digger, this had it done in under a hour.

My back feels so good
Cement mixing for mast

My wonderful wife putting my call sign (K6FI) in the cement

Now that we had almost 400 foot of Coax to bury, we would need to trench about one foot down. Knowing a good neighbor always helps, as they may have a trencher you can barrow.

Trencher made all the difference

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