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[TowerTalk] Oxidized R7-what to do?

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Oxidized R7-what to do?
From: (Jon Schmidt)
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 17:55:33 -0700
Hi Gang,

I live very near the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, and have began to 
see some problems with
my R7 Vertical whaic has been up for about 2 years.  I noticed that the SWR 
would jump around from
1:1 to 4:1 or worse while fed with RF, particularly at higher power levels 
(500+ Watts).  Upon
inspection, I see that the whole antenna is covered with a white dust powder, 
and it pretty heavy in
some places.  I assume that this is just aluminum oxide.  I am going to take 
this vertical down and
clean it up, but what would you recommend as a good way to clean (steel wool) 
and what to use in the
reassembly and post assembly (Anti-ox joint grease and clear Krylon)?

I don't want to have to do this job every two years, so all of your help will 
be appreciated!


                                        Jon  WD8JSA
                                        San Clemente, CA

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