We had decided (oh well, the xyl had decided) to clean up the woods where my antennas are intalled. The trees are 15 meters high, and housed a 4 x 40m horizontal loop, and several vertical phased loops for 15, 20 and 40. There is also a home brew full size 40m vertical.
Cleaning up meant take down some 20 trees completly and remove dead wood out of the others.
To make this possible, and help the 3-4 guys with their monstrous equipment do their destructive work I had to take all antennas down, with the exception of the 40m vertical, which they promised not to hurt.
After one week work we now had 20 trees less and a heap of wood which will take us 5 years to fire...
So all problems solved. 20 trees and quite some money out of the pocket, but the "mess" was cleaned. Time to drive to our winter residence in Spain, and forget all trouble and the bad weather.
And indeed, we have 25 degrees C, and no wind, perfect for vacation and more creative ham activities.
Tonite I talked to my son on jabber. He is taking care of the house and the cat. He told us yesterday's storm has taken out 15 trees, 6 of which are lying across the fence to the neighbours, and 2 are on top of the vertical. Which is now rather horizontal. At least I know what to do when we get home again. Looks like the spider beam, which I had taken down to storm (3m) hight is still alive. Time for a new antenna plan!!
You can't win them all....