"The Octopus" is a 4 x 4 antenna switching system that allows the operator to map 4 antennas to 4 radios in any combination.
Operation is simple, and consists of 3 steps:
Step 1: Using the top row of switches, point the chosen antenna's switch to your chosen radio.
Step 2: Using the bottom row of switches, point the chosen radio's switch to your chosen antenna.
Step 3: There is no step 3.
The radios are colour coded:
- Radio 1: Red
- Radio 2: Yellow
- Radio 3: Green
- Radio 4: Blue
Currently, the octopus is configured as follows:
- Antenna 1: 10/12/15/17/20M beam (tower 3)
- Antenna 2: 160M loop
- Antenna 3: 20M beam (tower 1)
- Antenna 4: 40M dipole