160 meter antenna broken

Update 4. Feb. 2008: Inverted L. up again. Lets hope it stays that way a few years.

Update 1. Feb. 2008: Inverted L. on 160 was totalled in the lastest storm “Tuva”. So again we are QRT on 160M.

Update: The 40M 4-square gave in as well. We now have to rely on the less effective 2EL shorty forty beam for the rest of the season.

Due to heavy icing, our 160M inverted L broke today. The top 1 meter or so snapped because of the worst case of icing for over a decade on this QTH. Our host Peter LA7SL is doing the best he can to prevent damages to our antennas, but icing 20 meters up is hard to handle.

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