Replacing antennae masts. One of the first tasks on reopening the station
at Wrigley was to replace the Radio masts. Two of the existing masts were
spliced and the others weren't much better. Denny Beams was the lineman who
came in to do the mast survey. He declared them unsafe to climb. Five new
masts had to be found. A forest fire had gone through the area about 40 years
earlier so everything local was second growth.
was a small area of old growth about two miles south that had escaped the
fire and that is where the new masts came from. Suitable trees, approximately
55-60 feet to a 6" top were located, cut, dried and painted international
orange and white in alternate bands.
Just about that time Denny Beams left for Good Hope, taking our D4 Cat. with
him on a river boat. The Cat. was to be used to haul a cable plough to put
in a radial ground system for Good Hope's LF transmit antennae.
put the masts up on our own and Johnny Kott, a lineman from 1 Line Troop
in Calder, came in to finish the rigging.
-- P. Sinclair