On the 29th of January 2002 our town, a suburb of Kansas City, was receiving sleet that affected the streets of the city only slightly, but I was concerned what the effect would be on my newly erected five band (CUBEX) cubical quad, an antenna type I had avoided because of its vulnerability to ice. No ice accumulation was noticeable that afternoon but the sleet turned to a super cold mist that evening and the next morning the quad was bowed with inches of ice. I was convinced it was total junk. The icing conditions worsened on the third night of this unprecedented monster storm. At the peak of the storm 370,000 homes were in the dark and remained so in most cases a week or more. We were declared a disaster area. Back to the quad. By that time it was reduced to about a six foot square of ice on a fifty foot pole. Over the next two days as thawing set in I watched, with disbelief, as the quad began to resume its shape and soon its full spread, unscathed. In the six months of operation before the ice storm I had become convinced it was the best DX antenna I had ever had in my sixty four years as a ham. A five bander too.
Wade H. Williams W0BC