I was preparing for the ARRL DX CW test this coming weekend (and after a week of having the flu I’m looking forward to sitting up) when I came across this video link from the ARRL Newsletter featuring the ES5TV 15m 8X5 elements H-frame stack.
This is very likely the largest 15-meter array in the world and explains a lot of the reason we can hear ES5TV on 15 when nobody else is making it across the pond.
For those of you who struggle as I do to erect a dipole on a warm summer day take note of a couple of things.
The 70-meter high tower itself rotates. The motor is mounted at the base and the tower is held vertical in rings that allow for it to move. And it’s a big project well beyond the capability of most of us.
One of the issues of erecting such a massive array (aside from money) is the very narrow beam width of 30 degrees. It’s not likely you’ll work too many weak ones off the backside which is something my HyGain Explorer at 16.6 meters does with ease 🙂
We can only dream 🙂