Being out in the woods for a couple of days installing new quipment for improving ESSL reception I thought it would be a good time to share some photos of the setup. The tower was installed on its location around 1992 serving HAM radio antennas for private use, but as time went by and the interest for HAM radio decreased and ultimately seized to exist it has been unused for a couple of yeas.
ESSL airport is not more than a few kilometers away and one of the major Swedish airline routes go straight overhead for traffic to major airports like ESSA, ESKN. Flights landing at ESSL usually fly 1000 feet overhead on their final. Cant imagine why you wouldnt put a reciever station here?
Here are som pics of the ESSL setup
Old antenna and preamp had some minor defects
However after being installed over 10 years ago, this 12v preamp has actually survived and is still functioning, even after being totally exposed to weather. Thats quite amazing considering how the connectors looked like when we brought it down.
Antenna mounted on the tower
Tower being raised again after installation
Result is above expectation. We now hear ground stations for this area crystal clear, where we had a lot of noise with old installation. Also, both TWR and ATIS service on ground for ESSA can actually be heard, even if there is some noise in the background. Thats approximately 200km away shortest path on the map.
Tower is in total 16m and installed on location 170m above sealevel.
Radio beeing used is as of 8/8 2012 a Uniden Bearcat UBC355CLT with a JIM M-75 preamp installed in tower.