May be someone it's interested on my experience with KLM caps....
I bought and installed my KT34 in 1987 and, til 1992, I replaced caps
3 times,changing three colors sets.
Now I've also 3 different KT34 instruction (collected from friends who
bought the antenna later than I did) manuals were it's reccomended to
replace caps, if they are a specific color. Funny but in each manual the
color to be replaced is different...
In 1993 I moved, and when preparing the antenna for the new location it was
possible to see that again some of the caps were broken.
Since already I performed 3 cap colors full changes (a long annoying work)
and nothing different was available, I gave up with replacements and, with a
small confidence, I decided to repair the broken ones covering with plastic
The same was done also to all of the other caps as a preventive measure.
I aspected problems (i.e. with high power) or problems within a short time,
so much that I was ready to buy a new antenna.
Well, after 6 years from that threatment, my KT34 is still working fine and
never showed again problems with rain, snow or high umidity.
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Data: mercoledì 16 giugno 1999 19.30
Oggetto: [TowerTalk] Problem with KT34XA found
>I got a call from Bruce at KLM and he told me to look for a split cap.
>There is one on the left side of the front driven element. Lets water pour
>in so SWR goes up and then quickly back down.
>Still raining (and we need the rain in Atlanta) so must wait until it stops
>so I can replace the split cap.
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