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HOW TO STRING A DIPOLE IN A TREE.

One important part of field expedient operations is being able to quickly install an antenna for HF operations. Wire dipole's are compact, yet efficient. It is important to get the antenna as high as possible. A method commonly employed by many groups during Field Day is to use a bow and arrow to position the support lines in a tree. These are tied to the ends of the dipole, which is then raised into position.

Here are instructions on the proper method.

1. Find a clearing with two tall trees, one on either side of the area.
2. Check area behind tree to be sure no one is there.
3. Aim arrow toward top of one tree and shoot.
4. Can't find lost arrow, get spare and this time tie leader line to the arrow.
5. Aim arrow toward top of one tree and shoot.
6. Retrieve arrow from ground in front of you, take foot off of leader line.
7. Aim arrow toward top of one tree and shoot.
8. Find arrow hanging in tree about two feet above your outstretched hand.
9. Jump to reach arrow, land on rock.
10. Wrap ace bandage around sprained ankle.
11. Walk in woods to find a stick to reach arrow.
12. Treat poison ivy.
13. Reach up with bow to snag arrow, pull gently.
14. Find heavier string to replace broken leader line.
15. Go to step 2.


THE TWELVE DAYS OF FIELD DAY

"As adapted"

On the first day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
A dipole in an elm tree.

On the second day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

On the third day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

On the forth day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Forty foot of tower,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

On the fifth day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Five open bands.
Forty foot of tower,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

On the sixth day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Six land real easy,
Five open bands.
Forty foot of tower,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

On the seventh day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Seven greasy burgers,
Six land real easy,
Five open bands.
Forty foot of tower,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

On the eighth day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Eight hours of heartburn,
Seven greasy burgers,
Six land real easy,
Five open bands.
Forty foot of tower,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

On the ninth day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Nine snoring tent mates,
Eight hours of heartburn,
Seven greasy burgers,
Six land real easy,
Five open bands.
Forty foot of tower,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

On the tenth day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Ten Cub Scouts visiting,
Nine snoring tent mates,
Eight hours of heartburn,
Seven greasy burgers,
Six land real easy,
Five open bands.
Forty foot of tower,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

On the eleventh day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Eleven hundred QSO's,
Ten Cub Scouts visiting,
Nine snoring tent mates,
Eight hours of heartburn,
Seven greasy burgers,
Six land real easy,
Five open bands.
Forty foot of tower,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm tree.

And now with feeling!

On the twelfth day of Field Day my Elmer gave to me,
Twelve happy hams,
Eleven hundred QSO's,
Ten Cub Scouts visiting,
Nine snoring tent mates,
Eight hours of heartburn,
Seven greasy burgers,
Six land real easy,
Five open bands!
Da da, dum dum dum.
Forty foot of tower,
Three working radios,
Two power poles ,
And a dipole in an elm treeeeeeeeee.


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