Hurricane Matthew paid a visit to North Carolina on Sunday, Oct 9, 2017. Drenching rain and twisting winds dropped several pickup sized loads of dead tree limbs around my property. My wife and I also heard one or two large trees fall in the woods between our house and the WQ4RP antenna site about 1/4 mile away.
After the rain subsided Sunday afternoon, I walked my dog Jack down to the antenna site just to make sure that everything was OK. I was surprised to see that one of the tall trees that supported the 160M vertical loop was on the ground. Almost half of the 26 wires composing the raised counterpoise were under that mess, along with the vertical loop radiator!
160M Vertical Loop with Elevated Counterpoise was No Match for Hurricane Matthew