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[TowerTalk] Backstays

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Backstays
From: (Stan Griffiths)
Date: Fri, 9 May 1997 02:47:56 -0700 (PDT)
>On  6 May 97, Frank Donovan <> wrote:
>> I use Phillystran with Preformed Line Products grips for all of my boom
>> backstays, and I highly recommend that approach.
>As the manufacturer supplied backstays are metal, might they have any 
>effect on an antenna's resonance or pattern?
>Has anyone ever modeled an antenna with and without a backstay and 
>seen a difference?
>73 Barry
>Barry Kutner, W2UP              Internet:
>Newtown, PA         FRC         alternate:

Since the boom support wires are at right angles to the elements, I doubt
they can affect the pattern very much, if at all.  I wonder why we never
hear anyone talking about using a fiberglass boom or plastic tower?  I think
for the same reason: they run at right angles to the elements.


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