[amsat-bb] How to de-ice your antennas and rotors by K1XT

Kyle Yoksh yokshs at sbcglobal.net
Thu Feb 15 08:36:19 PST 2007

Hi everyone,

I found this the other day while surfing the web. Hope you get a good laugh 
like I did:

Many years ago on a cold winter morning I was at the house of good ham 
friend of mine during a contest. A small ice storm had passed through during 
the night and the antennas had refused to turn. "Jim. The Yagi is frozen," I 
said. "We'll get it turning," he said calmly. "Come on." I followed him to 
the door and before stepping out, he grabbed a 410 shotgun that had been 
standing by the door. We walked out into the back yard, and I watched him as 
he proceeded to fire several rounds of bird shot at the yagi and rotor. It 
was humorous to say the least as I watched the ice explode from the elements 
at each shot. In short, that took care of it. And when up working on the 
antennas that spring, I never noticed any damage to them. "Over the years I 
have perfected the load," he told me one day. "I load about dozen shells in 
the fall in anticipation." Funny to see, but it sure worked.

Bill K1XT


Kyle Yoksh
Olathe, Kansas
Amsat# 35249

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