Garden Expansion

Another day, another project. I finished up the hare proofing of our berry garden, 3 strands of plane wire and then dog mesh. Should be more than good enough to keep the hares out and i doubt the deer will have a crack at jumping that and if they do, i will add some barbed wire to really piss them off.

Also added the strainer posts for the grape vine trellis. Those posts are 800mm into the ground, dont think they are going anywhere. I would have gone a little deeper but it was getting next to impossible to crow bar the bottom and remove the spoil. Next job is to run a few strands of plane wire and then plant the first 3 vines. There is enough space in this row for about 8 vines. The first 3 are table grapes and the next 5 will be wine grapes. If i cant makes some plonk from that there is something wrong with me LOL

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New Growth

We have 6 mulberry trees, 4 are quite established and were here when we bought the place, the other 2 we had in pots in Brisbane. At this time of the year the trees start to wake up and put leaves on and start the early setting of fruit. The 4 mature trees need a really good prune to bring them back into the shape and produce a lot of fruit, but I expect to have enough fruit this season to make 10 liters of wine or more and maybe make a pie or two LOL.

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To Keep The Rabbits Out

In ancient China, the Emperor Nasi Goreng build the great wall to keep the rabbits out, there were to many rabbits in China. And here were I live, I am doing the same, except its to keep the hares out of my garden and way from our fruit trees. There are to many hares in Blackbutt and so i am building a rabbit proof fence.

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40m Vertical Tests

Antenna is a little bit long, but not much i can do to shorten it now, its a helically wound wire up a 10m pole. There are currently 3 radials under the antenna. 3 is obviously not enough, 8 would be minimum and 36 would be adequate, but after the following tests, I am pretty much settled now on building a 40m vertical out of aluminium tube and putting down 36 plus radials.

+7 in the Canary Islands, I doubt i have ever been that strong before and I know that the spots from the USA are all higher than I would typically expect with my low power operation.

The real clincher was the RBN spots. I have never had so many spots from a couple of calls.

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Antennering

Needed an antenna back up for 40m since i broke the portable dipole and cannot find the parts in my moving boxes to fix it. 40m vertical it is then, 3 radials for sub par performance and a can do attitude to make it happen. Ok, its windy, not just any old wind, its Ecca wind from the west so strong it would blow your panties off as you can see by the bend in the sotabeams mast looking more like a fishing pole with a 100kg tuna than a 40m vertical.

I was able to leave it up long enough to run some tests and see that it works, that the noise floor here is so low that a vertical is useable and that a 40m vertical made out of aluminium and a heap of radials might just be the answer to my antenna problems. More to come on that.

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