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Trellises and ham radio

Post  Megan on 2/16/2011, 7:05 am

Okay, this one is REALLY outside the box! Very Happy

Has anyone ever tried to incorporate a ham radio antenna into a trellis? :?:
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antenna?

Post  ander217 on 2/16/2011, 7:31 am

No ham radio antenna, but we bought one of those fancy weather things that tells wind speed, humidity, temp, etc. It has an outdoor thermometer that sends a signal to the receiver inside. We attached that to our trellis, along with the wind speed whirly thing. I asked hubby what would happen this summer when the trellis is covered with veggies. He just shrugged and grinned.

It's working quite well at the moment.
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Re: Trellises and ham radio

Post  Megan on 2/16/2011, 7:40 am

I'm thinking about the back yard. Right now hubby's antenna is out there... strung low enough to be a real hazard for me (neck level!!) It's going to have to shift, so I'm trying to think ahead to find a reasonable way to make room for me to walk around and trellises, without interfering (literally!) with his hobby. I think I have an idea... just need to run it by him.
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Beware of rampant rampicante

Post  ander217 on 2/16/2011, 8:00 am

The only problem I can see with stringing an antenna on your trellis is you'll have to keep your vining plants from eating it. Your zucchino rampicante (sp?) might use it as an appetizer before turning to your house as the main course.
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Re: Trellises and ham radio

Post  Megan on 2/16/2011, 8:04 am

Hubby did say one of the issues would be weight, yes. Smile

I am sleepily thinking about building a new trellis with the full 10 feet of conduit and arranging some sort of baffle (salvaged screen doors?) a foot or two down from the top to keep whatever from growing any further up.
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Post  ander217 on 2/16/2011, 8:28 am

I suspect your plants would just grow around any type of baffle you rig up. You could keep them clipped as long as you were diligent about it.

I like the idea, though. I have no doubt you'll be able to figure something out to make it work. Maybe train the plants back down once they reach six or seven feet tall, or train them across, away from the tower.
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Post  Megan on 2/16/2011, 8:33 am

Probably so. It's not an actual tower, just a delta loop. I just want to get it up high enough that I don't have to worry about clocking my head on it! It would be nice to incorporate the uprights into a trellis upright....one less thing to walk around.
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Post  camprn on 2/16/2011, 9:48 am

@ander217 wrote:The only problem I can see with stringing an antenna on your trellis is you'll have to keep your vining plants from eating it. Your zucchino rampicante (sp?) might use it as an appetizer before turning to your house as the main course.
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Post  Megan on 2/16/2011, 9:57 am

@camprn wrote:
@ander217 wrote:The only problem I can see with stringing an antenna on your trellis is you'll have to keep your vining plants from eating it. Your zucchino rampicante (sp?) might use it as an appetizer before turning to your house as the main course.
rofl

The funny part about this is, camprn found it hysterical, whereas I gave ander's thought some sincere consideration. Wink Have fun with those rampicante seeds I sent you, camprn!

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Post  camprn on 2/16/2011, 10:08 am

@Megan wrote:Hubby did say one of the issues would be weight, yes. Smile

I am sleepily thinking about building a new trellis with the full 10 feet of conduit and arranging some sort of baffle (salvaged screen doors?) a foot or two down from the top to keep whatever from growing any further up.

I did a 10 foot trellis last year for my beans, and the beans still grew beyond the top. In the end I had to tip the trellis and prop it with a pole, like an A frame.Rolling Eyes
This year I am going to try the arched cattle or hog panel. thinking
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Post  camprn on 2/16/2011, 10:11 am

@Megan wrote: Wink Have fun with those rampicante seeds I sent you, camprn!

I have grand plans. I have two seed and that should be enough! Thanks Megan Wink
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Post  Megan on 2/16/2011, 1:20 pm

Two? I sent three. One did not survive the shipping??? Sad
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Post  camprn on 2/16/2011, 1:49 pm

Yeah, I would guess is sacrificed itself to be canceled by the USPS. I have confidence that I will have Rampicante squash in my future!!! clap
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Post  elliephant on 2/16/2011, 3:53 pm

Sure hope that lone seed didn't fall out into some unsuspecting neighbor's yard on the mailman's rounds! hiding

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Post  Megan on 2/16/2011, 4:07 pm

@camprn wrote:Yeah, I would guess is sacrificed itself to be canceled by the USPS. I have confidence that I will have Rampicante squash in my future!!! clap

Sorry about that! I am ordering more from Baker Creek so if you don't get a sprout, let me know. I am excited for you!
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Post  Old Hippie on 2/17/2011, 1:14 am

Megan, that sounds like something my DH would do. I am surprised actually that he hasn't mentioned getting his antennae up here at this house. LOL! We did have an issue with it at our last place too. Tell your DH he will get better reception if he gets it up higher!! My husband always wants towers so high that we almost need clearance lights for aircraft. He did use my clothesline as an antennae at one place that we lived.

There's bound to be a way you could incorporate both things. I think it is hilarious that someone else has crazy ideas like my husband and I do!!

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Post  LaFee on 2/17/2011, 3:31 am

why does this give me a mental image of about 100 feet of antenna, looped across the clothesline supports.

(Honey, go take the underwear down off the line, I'm trying to talk to some guy in Tahiti, and the clothespins are causing interference!)

I know that's not how it works...but it's how my mind works sometimes.

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Post  Megan on 2/17/2011, 5:17 am

@LaFee wrote:why does this give me a mental image of about 100 feet of antenna, looped across the clothesline supports.

Close. It's up higher than that, though! Laughing
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Post  ander217 on 2/17/2011, 8:33 am

@elliephant wrote:Sure hope that lone seed didn't fall out into some unsuspecting neighbor's yard on the mailman's rounds! hiding

If it did, I hope it was the yard of the president of her HOA. Twisted Evil
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Post  Megan on 2/17/2011, 8:40 am

Bwahahah.....rampicante is too good for her!
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Post  Old Hippie on 2/17/2011, 11:17 pm

@LaFee wrote:why does this give me a mental image of about 100 feet of antenna, looped across the clothesline supports.

(Honey, go take the underwear down off the line, I'm trying to talk to some guy in Tahiti, and the clothespins are causing interference!)

I know that's not how it works...but it's how my mind works sometimes.

Actually LaFee, that's kind of the idea! The clothesline wire was on pulleys, and the one end was up pretty high attached to a tall post so it would clear some shrubs. My husband had an antenna tuner that he attached to the clothesline just outside the house. It always got quite a laugh out of guys that he would be talking to when they would ask what kind of equipment he was running.

It is always fun to take some ordinary thing and find a unique new purpose for it. My DH is very good at that kind of thing.

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Re: Trellises and ham radio

Post  MrBooker on 8/3/2016, 4:57 am

@Megan wrote:Okay, this one is REALLY outside the box!  Very Happy

Has anyone ever tried to incorporate a ham radio antenna into a trellis?   :?:
I know this is an old post but....  Wife and I are Ham radio operators.  K9ILL and KD9ILL.  QRZ us.
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