2016-06-07

R6000 antenna.

The package with the Cushcraft R6000 antenna arrived some time ago, and the unpacking and assembly has started.

Parts 1 and 2 Base assembly, radial rings and matching network :
Part 1 took a few hours, because some parts look a lot alike, screws with only a slightly different length, a few things did not quite look like the drawings and description.
a) The radial ring was supposed to slide over the insulator, but the screws holding the insulator had already been mounted, so they had to be removed before sliding the radial ring into place, then put into place again.
The radials have not yet been mounted for more convenience of making the radiator assembly, it says in the description that the radials can be mounted at any time during the assembly process .
The upper matching network bracket was described having to be mounted tight against the fiberglass insulator. That is not possible, given the assembly as it is, and is not in accordance with the accompanying drawings (showing a short distance between the two) .

Updates to follow :

Radiator assembly, base clamp assembly and mast mounting, then testing the antenna for correct adjustment, and readjustment, if necessary.

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