This is a series of photographs I took last year while I was drilling the holes in the capacitance hat hub pieces. I had no idea back then I would be blogging about my amateur radio projects but I did want to document my endeavors so I always kept the camera handy. The picture below I took with the timer and tripod while I was actually running the drill. The tip of the bit had just broke through the aluminum.
I picked up the drill press vice from Harbor Freight for about $15.00 nothing fancy but does what it's supposed to and holds the workpiece secure. I bought this tool specifically for this project but it now rests permanently on the drill press table. The vice is a handy shop accessory that I use often and wonder how I ever got along without.
Yesterday I stopped at the hardware store and obtained some more stainless hardware and I am now set to begin the assembly of the antenna mast sections. A quick call to McMaster-Carr secured a spool of #16 magnet wire and some 2" heat shrink tubing that will ultimately cover the loading coil once that part is completed.