Is anyone on this mail reflector living in or around Miami?
I am planning on moving there next month and would like to get
some info on places where not to live, antenna restrictions,
and DX-oriented clubs. If you know of a packet BBS (or even
landline BBS) to which I coulds send a query, please pass that
73, Jerry K7UPJ
>From Fred Hopengarten" <firstname.lastname@example.org Thu May 6
From: Fred Hopengarten" <email@example.com (Fred
Subject: Phillystran vs. Steel Guys
On Wed, 5 May 1993 16:50:34 +0000, "Steve Fraasch"
> 1.) Has anyone lost a potting end, snapped a guy, or cut a
guy by accident?
K1VR: I've seen two guys abraded by branches until they
popped. Solution: As you pass by trees, slip 'stran
through some gasoline hose of correct size (i.d. just barely
larger than 'stran o.d.). The gas line (source: any auto
parts store, on rolls and sold by the foot) has wonderful
strength properties because of an interwoven fabric within
it, designed to avoid failure due to abrasion.
> 2.) Can large antennas be put up safely ? If a sharp piece
of hdwe catches the guy, can the guy be cut?
K1VR: Not readily. But a knife and a lot of effort will
> 3.) Does weather or ultra-violet limit guy life?
K1VR: Doubt it. 'Stran specified as UV resistant.
> 4.) Do tower vibrations dampen out? [K1VR: Dunno what
you mean.] Does the elasticity of 'stran cause the tower to
sway more than it otherwise would w/ steel guys? [K1VR:
> 5.) I assume that one would follow the same guy schedule
given in the Rohn book. Do any mods to those drawings apply
for 'stran? [K1VR: No.]
These remarks do not come from a civil or mechanical
engineer. I'm just a humble lawyer, but I climb my own
Fred Hopengarten K1VR
Six Willarch Road, Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
home + office telephone: 617/259-0088 (FAX on demand)
"Big antennas, high in the sky, are better than small ones, low."