In a message dated 96-12-16 23:47:13 EST, you write:
>One of the recent replies to my query about tensioning the dacron/kevlar
>guys on my push up mast suggested that I ask you about the Loos Tension
>Gauge. He said that it might not apply to my guy material 450# strength but
>that it was reasonably inexpensive and that I should consider owning one
>Just what do these things cost and are they applicable to my guy line
Roger. Hello, again --
The Loos guy wire tensioner is one of the handiest tower items to come
along in a long time. It was developed to tension sail boat rigging but is
perfect for most ham installations. The Model 90 which is carried by TOWER
TECH measures 3/16 to 9/32 inch cable. It's $39.00 + s/h. They also make a
version that'll handle larger sizes as well as smaller sizes. I don't think
there's one that'll do your rope though. If you use the 10% rule of thumb,
the tension on your dacron should be about 45 pounds. You can probably
guess-timate that amount.
Since 99% of hams do not know what their guy wire tension is, I would
certainly recommend owning and using one of these easy to use devices.
73, Steve K7LXC
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