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To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <tentec@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [TenTec] MY_BUTTERNUT_HF2V_&_ORION_&_RFI
From: "Stuart Rohre" <rohre@arlut.utexas.edu>
Reply-to: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 21:12:49 -0500
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Bob's comment about salt air not liking ceramic capacitors applies to any
antennas insulator.

At sea or shore stations we have on Navy projects; a SOP to wash off
insulators with fresh water every morning!   This was seen on a fiberglass
antenna as well, and a Sigma 5 from Force 12.   The Force 12 is fine after
the rinse, and you drill a weep hole in the bottom of its "radome" at center
of antenna to drain the coils area of condensation overnite.  Aboard ship, a
MFJ loop is used that also must be water cleaned daily.
The salt air and wind leaves a salt deposit on the insulators and conductors
and detunes the antennas.


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