Some of the biggest monsters of that era weighed well north of 20 pounds. My back starts to ache when I merely think about the effort required to erect one. Also got a kick out of the text in that book describing the difficulty of capturing signals strong enough to render a good color picture. Sounds rather familiar, doesn't it? We're back to the future, alright!
Thanks for that, EV. I vote for uploading a few good readable examples.
That is the best vintage picture yet! Brings back a lot of memories! Thanks!!
Amazing it's in that good of shape and still up! Those were all over my town as a kid in the early 60's. Who made those?
There were many varieties of them but they all were feed by the big X element. A lot of the ones I remember the X was swept. A few neighbors had a stacked pair like in the picture with the open feed lines phasing them.
If you could you should measure that antenna!!! In particular the driven element.
What is weird I don't understand is the folded dipole out front, as it appears not to be feed but a director. Then again back then they used a lot of folded dipoles as directors. Not unlike the use of X directors on the XG91 today.
The one we had was VHF only. Was a single not stacked. The X element was swept toward the station about 20 degrees and there was a plain dipole looking director in front of it. It didn't have a reflector per say.
It stayed in service from 1960 until 1986 when they moved from Orlando. If I knew what I know now, I would have grabbed it as I am sure the people that bought the house tore it down.
I remember the antenna coming home in a box. Dad bought it from a TV repair shop. He had 15 feet of water pipe, built his own house bracket, we put it up with stand offs (he had no idea and was doing what the guy at the shop told him. Then we drilled a hole through the cement block wall, pushed through the wall..
We had 3 stations. WLOF about 3 miles south of us on Ch 9 (now WFTV), WDBO about 6 miles ESE of us (now WKMG) on Ch 6 and Low Band blow torch WESH about 30 miles away but burning 100 KW from 1500 ft (high for those days). Ch 6 was weak enough we had to jiggle the antenna between it and 2. Ch 9 was so close it boomed in regardless. The town was Orlando FL, population 80,000 people.... hick town... then )
The antenna I posted was installed to receive KYTV 3 and KOLR 10, about 65miles away. They were the only stations receivable here in those days.
KOLR 10 digital is back on 10 now, and would likely be the only station this antique could receive here now. But KOLR 10 is too full of dropouts to watch, due to impulse noise and/or interference from other area stations.
The elements on this beast are huge, but it must be built like a tank. It survived last winter's horrible ice storm here, which coated everthing with ~2" of very heavy ICE. There were many many newer antennas that were nothing more than wilted pieces of metal after the storm.