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

Jim Jerzycke kq6ea at pacbell.net
Thu Feb 15 10:25:47 PST 2007

Hmmmm....just wonder if rock salt might be a bit
better than the bird shot! ;-)
73, jim  KQ6EA
--- Kyle Yoksh <yokshs at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> 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
> 73,
> Kyle Yoksh
> K0KN
> Olathe, Kansas
> Amsat# 35249
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