Are you going fishing……?
That’s what a young boy from my neighborhood asked me when I passed by with a fishing rod in my hand.
Stupid question would you say or did he know that I did other things with the rod as well?
I did not ask him but just said I wasn’t and he probably still does not understand…..
What was I up to then?
I had planned to do a contest from my friends place and we needed to build a 160 meter dipole.
A fishing rod is the right gear for this purpose.
I had to attach the two ropes for the dipole legs up into two trees from about 40 feet high.
You could climb the trees then would you say, but the high ends were just to thin, to dangerous.
I had read about many fascinating methods to get ropes over trees but for me a fishing rod is the perfect way to fix the job.(we call it our secret weapon)
No struggle with bow and arrow, bag’s filled with water.
Some people even tend to use firework (arrows) but to my opinion you need more luck then knowledge there.
With these things you never know how high they will go and maybe more important, which direction they fly to!
Now, if you wanted try using the fishing rod method you should use a fairly long one.
Mine is 12 feet long, this makes the lead easy to cast and the aiming goes well too after some practice.
You need to have a fishing reel attached to it as well of course.
As a carp fisher I have experience with these rods, casting heavy leads and can be quite specific about were the lead is going to land.
How do I do it?
Besides the rod you need to use thick fishing line, I mainly use 0.30 or 0.35 which has a high pulling strength.
Use a heave piece of lead (80 grams) to pull the fishing line down itself when you have cast it over a tree.
Pick a tree section were you want the pully rope for the dipole and just throw it over with a gently cast.
The distance that can be reached is tremendous, up to 100 yards and more!
Don’t cast to fast and practice a couple times before you start with the real thing.
Practicing will keep you from getting into annoying situations like when you cast to soft, the lead swings around a tree twig and you can’t reach it anymore.
Or even worse, if you cast to fast you could have your neighbor complaining that you just broke his car window!
Both options need to be avoid!
After a couple casts you know how the lead will act and you will not have to face problems as mentioned above.
A good thing to keep in mind is when you are in a neighborhood to have someone posted at the spot you want to cast, better save then sorry!
If you did cast the lead over a high tree the lead will probable bury itself into the soil.
Find the lead and attach a pulling wire for the dipole leg (or inverted V feeding point).
Wind the reel and you have one rope ready.
Attach the isolator and pull the dipole leg up, repeat this for the other leg same way.
Ooh one thing; keep the pully rope long so can easily lower the dipole again for maintenance.
At my friends property the trees were not the only problem.
The dipole slopes down in a ‘V’ from a 24 meter high tower and it had to run over fruit trees into a corner of the garden.
Yep, a 160 meter dipole is still roughly 80 meters total length!
The fruit trees are extremely difficult, you can’t climb them and have annoying and prickly twigs.
When a wire gets stuck into these you can just forget about getting it loose again.
The tree into were I wanted to connect the dipole leg was behind those irritating fellows.
No problem for our secret weapon!
So, I had to do this in two casts, first pass the fruit trees and then over the high tree to hoist the dipole leg.
The garage was in the way as well but this was just a small problem.
With a graceful cast the 80 grams lead flew over the garage and over the fruit trees to end into the wet soil.
The search for the lead can be difficult but if you keep the fishing wire tight you will find it without a problem.
The first stage went well and we connected the pulling rope to the fishing line, reeling it back over the trees and garage.
I connected the lead again and was ready to throw for the second time, the high tree.
This was just a piece of cake in comparison to the first one.
The other side of the pully rope was reeled over the high tree and after attaching the dipole leg this one was pulled into the air.
We did the same with the other dipole leg but there were no trees or other things in the way, just had to cast over a Rhombic wire.
It’s just that simple, without water balloons or Bow and Arrow, you can easily attach a pully rope for a dipole or inverted V into the highest trees or other high objects without to much trouble.
I hope this small article will help other Ham’s with connecting dipoles and other antenna’s.
This is absolutely a way without annoying moments but remember….practice first!