...The tree with a fat branch over 20' long -- most of it over our neighbor's back yard -- that we knew was cracked. The tree that one day last week went kh'kh'kh'ker-POW! while Tam was
It's getting a bit of a trim and brush-up today, it is. Beseems the neighbor, she is not so very fond of havin' her barbecue grill trapped by a wild Box Elder (or whatever it is; the tree-trimming guys say it's a hackberry, and they should know) and has arranged for Experts (they'd better be!) to remove the offending branch.
This tree supports part of my nice G5RV wire antenna,* in close to the trunk on the same side as but lower than the branch in question. Keep your fingers crossed!
* This is my second G5RV antenna and until I went looking this morning, I had no idea there was any controversy about them or bias against them. Louis Varney, a British ham with the callsign G5RV (well, duh) developed it before I was born and in his version, it was fed by an antenna tuner -- a widget with a few controls on it that have to be adjusted. This can more-or-less be avoided by putting a long piece of coaxial cable in between the feed point and one's radio but it is a less than perfect impedance match. Newer (read "solid-state") ham rigs do not so very much like that. Long story short, J. Random Ham puts up a store-bought G5RV with 70' of coax feeding it, his YeasKenCom transceiver emits smoke, J. Random proceeds to tell all his pals how the G5RV is No Good. Multiply by a few thousand, add Intarwebz and stir. Yeah. like that. It's never "operator error." When did things with knobs on 'em become Just Too Much for technical hobbyists to frob with?