Six months ago my wife and I moved to a new QTH. We moved from Galveston Island to League City on the mainland. We chose our new location, partially, because the deed restrictions allowed for the installation of ham radio antennas. After getting permission from the HOA, I finally got around to installing my BigIr during the Christmas holidays.
Like most installations mine is a compromise. The depth of my backyard is only 13 ft. I have utility lines behind the house. And only a six foot easement between my house and the fence separating our yard from the neighbors. The installation is being done in segments.
I am planning on installing the 80 meter coil for my BigIr vertical antenna. At that time, the coax and control cable will be buried in conduit and run up into the attic and then down into the shack. I will also hide the ehu inside a fake landscaping boulder.
But for the moment I am on the air. Playing radio and having fun.
Here are some pictures of the install as it is right now.
You can also see some of the utility lines. The utility lines closest to the antenna are low ones: cable and telephone.
So far the antenna is playing well. As the work progresses I will run some shorter radials in a fan shape from the radial plate. All radials are lawn stapled and the grass should absorb them this spring and summer.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.
73 and good dx
League City Texas