At 01:18 PM 03/27/2001 -0600, Bill wrote:
>But unless your antenna is located where that noise would be
>objectionable, wouldn't it just be simpler to leave the caps off?
>Every antenna I've seen has element ends that droop at least slightly.
>Wouldn't this drooping allow gravity to work in eliminating water inside
>the element tubes?
Bingo, the guessing game is over.
Elements are not hermetically sealed devices. Therefore, what goes in must
be let out.
Open ends are best; small holes in the lower edges of the caps next-best,
but they usually get plugged by insect detritus.
Ropes? Sure. Quarter-inch cheap poly is fine. Close-weave types like
nylon or dacron are dense and might hold some moisture; too heavy.
The ropes should pass through the entire length of the element. Why don't
they fall out? They are held in conveniently by the presence of a
stainless self-tapping screw at every joint, about an inch behind the hose
Y'all do use the tapping screws, right? :-)
>Those that can, do.
Bill, you're right again!
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