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[TowerTalk] using end caps

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Subject: [TowerTalk] using end caps
From: (Rick Bullon)
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 19:48:55 -0000

On Tue, 27 Mar 2001 14:28:48 wrote:
>Unless you are using extremely light elements to begin with, I doubt that
>the element ends would droop enough to notice.  I prefer to use end
>caps to hold my rope in, and drill holes on the under side of the elements
>for drainage.
>Scott Detloff K8DX
>Paris, Ohio
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Another reason to use end caps with drain holes is that insects can't build 
nests or webs inside the elements and clog them up thus not letting any 
water or condensation drain out.
As far as using rope in the elements to reduce vibration, I helped a friend 
last year assemble a Hy-Gain/MFJ TH-7 tribander. It came from the factory 
with small nylon rope for the elements( it was more like cord than rope) the 
instructions stated to insert the rope in the elements, unwrap the stands of 
the rope and fold over the end of the elements using the end caps to hole 
the rope in place.
I would guess that you could to the same with a Force 12 antenna by put the 
rope in before you install the rivets and use the end of the rivet to wiggle 
pass the rope inside. I have never tried this it is just an idea. I think 
the nylon cord would shed any moisture in the elements and let it drain out 
as cotton type rope or cord would soak up the moisture and retain it thus 
adding weight to the elements
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