I've been in Lowe's and have several "projects" in the works for Field Day
and beyond using these same items. In fact, I got a catalog from the
manufacturer of these items and they have quite a selection of aluminum
round, square, and flat stock.
Don't overlook the obvious and Lowe's continue to surprise me with the
products it stocks.
From: James D. Bruce <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: L. B. Cebik <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org
<email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; QRP-L List
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Monday, April 27, 1998 7:20 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] junk search--but special junk
>First of all, I'm not affiliated with Lowes or any other store.
>While looking around the Lowes hardware store for household items and just
>window shopping, I found that they have a limited supply of aluminum tubing
>in 8foot sections. The sizes I saw were 3/8" rod, 3/4" tube, 7/8" tube and
>1" tube. They appear to be the same wall as what is used on my beams &
>verticals and telescope together for a nice fit. They also have the plastic
>end caps. this may be another source for HB antenna projects.
>Bruce Communications, Inc.
>From: L. B. Cebik <email@example.com>
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org
><email@example.com>; QRP-L List <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com
>Date: Sunday, April 19, 1998 06:49
>Subject: [TowerTalk] junk search--but special junk
>>A while back, I requested help on searching out some junked ground plane
>>rod assemblies. Thanks to Henry Pollock, K4TMC, I now know the specific
>>item I used and could use more of. They are the two piece ground plane
>>rod assemblies that went with the Antenna Specialist/Decibel Products CB
>>ground plane antenna (ASPA2010). Henry sent me a set, but I could use a
>>few more for experiments. They consist of a 5/16 rod and a 3/16, with a
>>coupling that might take a little liquid wrench and gentle force to
>>separate if they have been together very long.
>>AS wants to sell entire antennas, not the pieces. At $169 for the antenna,
>>this is not a practical way to go. Hence, I need an alternate source, if
>>that is possible.
>>a. If anyone knows how to get replacement assemblies inexpensively, the
>>info would be of great help. Insider assitance accepted with gratitutde.
>>b. If anyone has the ground rod parts from a now defunct version of the
>>antenna in question in storage, I would be glad to pay shipping plus some
>>fair small fee for them. They can be separated and them wrapped for UPS
>>To add a sense of mystery to this, they are for my "beam-in-a-boom"
>>design project, which otherwise shows good promise for 10-meter
>>hilltopping from trunk to signal in under 10 minutes.
>>Thanks in advance.
>>L. B. Cebik, W4RNL /\ /\ * / / / (Off)(423) 974-7215
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