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[TowerTalk] Rope suggestions?

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Rope suggestions?
From: (Michael Foerster)
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 13:06:19 -0600
Not sure about the rope, but it might be worthwhile considering a tension
spring on one end to allow for temperature changes.

Farm stores sell special compression springs for electric fences that are
very inexpensive that can be used to maintain the tension, but allow for
some flexing of the antenna as the temperature changes.


> I'd like some rope suggestions.  I don't want to use EHS or Kevlar.
> 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.

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