I think you probably have cause for a successful product liability
suit against the wagon manufacturer. When you first got the
wagon, and it was wrapped in plastic, was one of the warnings
printed on the plastic (besides "this is not a toy" and don't place
over your head") "Do not use this device to transport long antenna
elements?" If not, you may have a case...
On 27 Mar 01, WA9ALS - John wrote:
> Here's a true story about how a Force 12 element broke even BEFORE the
> antenna was on the tower. I had a new C31XR and had begun assembly near
> my workshop. After I had assembled a few elements, I decided I would
> move the operation to the tower site. I loaded several assembled
> elements across a farm wagon and proceeded to drive to the tower site.
> As I set out, I didn't allow enough turning radius, and caught the end
> of one of the elements on a fence. Before I noticed and could stop the
> tractor, it had bent backwards at least 90 deg or more. Would you
> believe it - it snapped! It must have been the faulty riveted design!
> Or maybe it was the lack of rope in the elements... Wish I'd had an owl
> with me!
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