In a message dated 3/13/01 6:18:54 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> I have a 265 ft wire antenna fed with RG-8X that hangs out over a farm
> pond. To get it "decently" horizontal, it is under a great amount of
> tension - as much as one man can pull and then some - I've used a garden
> tractor to pull it up at times. The last one stayed for about 3 yrs
> despite Indiana winters and spring storms held only by nylon rope.
> I'm getting ready to put it back up again and want to use the best ROPE
> possible. What would you suggest? Is Dacron the best overall choice?
> I do need a balance between weight, strength, and cost. My situation
> requires 70-100 feet of rope on each end to get to the trees and down.
> If you have a specific supplier in mind, please mention the URL.
If it was me - I'd use the UV-resistant Dacron rope available from
Synthetic Textiles and many dealers. Get one of the larger sizes and go nuts.
It's been my experience that in 90% of wire antenna failures it's the
wire that's failed and not the rope.
Cheers, Steve K7LXC
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