In a message dated 97-03-06 19:28:02 EST, AA1QD@aol.com writes:
> I have heard
> that some hams
> have been using a nonconductive guy "wire" called Phillystran (sp?). I
> to find
> out more about it since I think I'd like to use nonconductive guys on my
> tower so as to minimize and disturbance of the radiation patterns of
> wire antennas I plan to have on the tower. If anyone can tell me who sells
> it, who makes it, and any experience they have with it I'd appreciate it.
Phillystran is a non-conducting guy material. It's made up of Kevlar
strands covered by a PVC jacket. It is manufactured in sizes that are EHS
equivalents and does eliminate any antenna-guy wire interaction. I use it
myself and feel that it contributed to the success of my 20M stack.
It is fairly expensive compared to EHS wire guys but it's worth it if
you're planning a populated tower with other antennas hanging from it.
The only amateur supplier is Texas Towers. BTW, you'll need the special
Phillystran Preformed guy grips as well.
73, Steve K7LXC
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