At 01:45 PM 6/13/98 EDT, K7LXC@aol.com wrote:
>In a message dated 98-06-13 12:54:28 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>> Good pictures great site both WEB and antenna farm. What was wrong with
>> the M2 antenna?
> The M2 80M antenna uses a linear loading scheme with copper-weld wire.
>Some of the the wires broke. I had the exact problem with the same antenna. I
>think the copper-weld is too brittle for this application. If it's bent or
>nicked, it'll break. Maybe the wind movement on the elements and the linear
>loading wires (which are used to hold the elements up also) had something to
>do with it too. This is a real problem with this antenna requiring expensive
>Cheers, Steve K7LXC
Would hard drawn copper work instead, takes nicks a lot better than copper
weld and stands up to corrosion better too. Not familiar withthe
construction so I can't offer more than a cursory suggestion on materials.
(#9 Copper wire is commonly being removed by railroads all over the
country, contact their local communications managment and you might be able
to get several miles for a very low price.)
(Communications Manager at a large Eastern Railroad!<G>)
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