Knightlites Excalibur Site Gets a New Radio Shack

Knightlites Excalibur Site Gets a New Radio Shack

A few months ago, Dick N4HAY, Richard N4PBQ, and I spent a number of hours cleaning up the remains of the original Excalibur radio shack, a site that has hosted many QRP events over the past ten years.   As some of you may recall, The original shack was substantially damaged by a direct lightning strike during the Fall of 2011.

Moving forward, we are pleased to report that a fairly large supply of building material was delivered to the KnightLite’s Excalibur antenna site on Jan 1, 2016.

 

Excalibur building materials delivered

It was a minor miracle that the forklift was able to complete the delivery, as the access road to the site was saturated from many consecutive days of rain.

 

Excalibur site muddy road access 1

 

The new Excalibur radio shack was built during the next few days by a professional builder.   The new shack includes a vapor barrier, soffit vents, and a roof ridge vent.   It was fun to view the daily progress of the 8’X12′ structure.

 

Day 1
Day 1

 

Day 2
Day 2

 

Day 3
Day 3

 

This past Saturday, N4HAY, N4PBQ, and I started installing fiberglass insulation in the 8′ vertical walls.

 

N4HAY (L) and N4PBQ (C)
N4HAY  and N4PBQ

 

We are now scheduling some antenna work for this coming Saturday to install a 160M vertical with a raised counterpoise, just in time for the CQWW160 CW Contest in a couple weeks.

 

6 thoughts on “Knightlites Excalibur Site Gets a New Radio Shack

    1. Great idea, Sir Bob! Maybe we can model it after the banner Sir Joe designed, which he showed us at the recent Knightlite’s QRPigout. Please give my regards to Lady Ellen.
      72, Paul AA4XX

  1. Paul, I am thrilled to hear that the Excalibur site is back in operation. It has been a long time since I last operated from there and I look forward to joining you there for a future contest. Are there any plans to re-erect a yagi for the high bands?

    1. Hi Derek,

      Thanks for your kind words and your long term support over the years. I look forward to your teaming up with us in the near future. Maybe FYBO in Feb? We are going to remove the TH6DXX for evaluation within the next few weeks and will also be extracting the prop pitch rotor to determine whether it is salvageable. We are also discussing the viability of the steel cabling on the crank up tower. We will have several work sessions this Spring, and we invite any interested Knights to join us. 72, Paul AA4XX

      1. Paul, Dick et al. Wonderful job. I too look forward to again operating from the site. Please post a list of work dates. I will try to come down and help. It is a little harder now with the kids living with us and the weekends are usually taken up with something or other. I will have to put some time on reserve for operating and getting away. Keep Up the good work.

        1. Hi JP. I sure appreciate your kind words and look forward to your joining us at the antenna site as time permits. What are your thoughts re FD? HNY to you and your family.
          72, Paul AA4XX

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