Antenna maintenance at PI1SHB

24th of June 2016, today we’ve been busy for the whole day to replace a new antenna and coax cable for PI1SHB.
The old antenna was a Maldol VT-160D dual-band antenna for 2m and 70cm (Diamond X50 clone), and was more than 15 years old.
The 2 yagi antennas for 23cm are removed, they are not in use anymore for a few years.
This was the old setup for PI1SHB packet node, active on 2m and interlink connections on 23cm between PI1EHV (Eindhoven) and PI1RNI (Utrecht).

PI1SHB Maldol VT-160D

Paul (PE1LXX) and Arie (PD1ANF) removing the old antennas.

Removing Maldol VT-160D

Paul (PE1LXX) prepares the mounting clamps for the new antenna on the pipe.

Antenna pipe

We replace a Diamond X300N dual-band antenna for 2m and 70cm to improve the coverage in our area.
We see much stronger signals with this new antenna, so we’re happy to see the good results !

Diamond X300N set-up

Later today we placed antennas for HAMNET, a wireless connection between the location from PI2EHV/PI6EHN in Eindhoven and us on 5 GHz.
The other 2 acces points are for local use, beaming to east and south directions.

PI1SHB Diamond X300N