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Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 17:39:49 -0500
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The only antenna that fits your description was one sold by  Collins radio back 
at least 30 years ago.  It had calibrated stainless steel tapes that extended 
to cover at least the 80 meter band.   The nature of this type antenna makes it 
suitable only for brief and temporary applications.  The construction (flat 
metal tapes) is only usable with no or very light winds as they flutter in 
modest winds and metal fatique occurs in hours.  Good idea, but poor 
implementation for a long term or windy areas.  

You might check with the Collins Collectors group for more details.  I doubt if 
Collins made it, but I am pretty sure they marketed it as part of their 
portable concept for the S-line products.

Norm W4QN
> Thanks Jim - but the unit I am looking for has 2 tapes in it and each tape 
> can run out to beyond 80 meters each.  It is black in color and measures 
> approximately 1 foot long by 1 inch wide by 6 inches high & has a chart 
> attached to indicate actual length of tape vs frequency. the tapes when 
> extended from the unit are approximately 1/2 inch wide and made from 
> whatever they make steel measuring tapes from and flexible.
> 73' Howard
> <snip>

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