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Subject: [TowerTalk] rope in elements
From: (michael watts)
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 13:06:42 -0800 (PST)
And rope seems to work fine.  My Hygain 205BA, 155BA,
and 105BA antennas have all been up since about 1982
with ropes in them and no problems.

Mike wy6k
--- Tom Rauch <> wrote:
> > Force 12s Tapering may have solved low wind speed
> resonances, However
> > I have a broken shortest 10m Director on a C31XR-H
> which was rated at
> > 135mph. That broke at the junction of the 5/8"and
> 1/2" tube at wind
> > speeds of 80-85mph. 
> Clive is right, I have the same problem. I had a 10
> meter director 
> drop off a ten meter antenna the first joint in from
> the tip after just 
> over a year of air time.
> I installed rope in the replacement element, but it
> is too much 
> headache to repair all the elements with the antenna
> in the air!  
> Especially since the blasted rivets prevent feeding
> a rope into the 
> element without drilling then out!!! 
> My Force 12 antennas rattle and hum even in very
> mild breezes. I 
> really wish I knew about that problem before I
> installed them.
> End-caps and ropes are cheap insurance.
> The antennas going up now (Hygain 5 elements) have
> both end-
> caps and ropes inside the elements. In the future
> I'll remember to 
> do that with ALL antennas, no matter what the
> manufacturer says.
> It's a heck of a lot easier to be safe and correct
> the problem on the 
> ground BEFORE installing the antenna.
> 73, Tom W8JI
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