29 Mar 2012

Groundworks



For a long time now as Antennas have come and gone or moved to some other location in the garden my xyl has often reminded me of the “Unsightly cables laying around, or “Hanging” from strategic points, ie: off the Rose Arbour, or dangling around hanging of trees etc.… I always promised to get it sorted and as I have just installed a  45 foot vertical I needed to keep it tidy as I had not only the coaxial, but the power line for the remote tuner too – so I decided to bury everything in piping – the main run out of the shack  is about 6m , and the run down to the base of my  mast is around 25m – thereafter if I need to extend beyond that I can always tuck extra cabling in behind a hedge and use “U” Pegs to pin it down (Useful since my coax seems to attract very unwelcome guests – Mr Fox)
Here’s how it went :-

 



You may be wondering if I provided for pulling another cable through ? yes I did  (hope it works) there are no sharp bends except at the very ends where the pipe comes out of the ground – I certainly dont want to be digging this lot up again in too much of a hurry – it’s so nice to see this part of the garden cable-free.
The cabling to the vertical is also now buried using the same method – that just leaves  some adjustment to the antenna/elevated coounterpoise wires which I’ll do later – also need to lay some grass seed over the 6m long slit running across the lawn oops! once summer gets going it’ll soon disappear – now nursing a sore back !!

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