My dear friends. I finally have a finished project, and a working, solar powered HF station.
Thanks once again to K9IQ, I borrowed an EZ-Hang. This is a very goofy looking device, composed primary of a large slingshot with a fishing reel attached to the front. My neighbor came over to ask what I was doing, and I told him I was fishing for birds! The device did work as advertised, and after a few attempts, I was finally able to get some rope over my tree. I hoisted up a pulley about 25 feet up, tried it off, and trimmed the line. I also had a piece of rope ran through the pulley. Once it was as high in the tree as I wanted it, I cut and trimmed two height-lengths. This will allow me to lower my balun at any time I want. I tied on my center support, hoisted it up, and tied it off. Finally, I took all the extra rope I had, cut it in half, and tied one piece on each end insulator. These I staked into the ground to complete the inverted V. Sorry the image is so dark, and the wire white. I guess I’ll find out of antennas put up in bad weather really do work better.
Shortly after I got on 20M, and made my first contact on HF with KE4LJH in Florida. Just over 1000 miles with my first trip. Not bad. A QSO card was promised. When it comes, it’s getting framed.