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[TowerTalk] Coax

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Coax
From: (J. G. Kincade)
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 22:57:50 -0500
Well, heck, Dave. Don't fix what ain't broke, I guess. :-) I was worried
more about gophers and mower damage than anything else, I guess. Plus at the
time, Home Depot had a sale on 3" conduit. If you count maybe 0.5 db loss
per year, I'm about 30 db down now, anyway, so can't afford any needless
losses. BTW, a good way to keep your reflexes sharp is to mow around the
tower and guy wires regularly with a 4500 lb tractor and brush hog. So far
so good, but there is a bit of orange Kubota paint on a couple of the guy
anchors. :-)
73, Jerry W5KP

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Jordan" <>
To: "J. G. Kincade" <>
Cc: "W0UN--Signal Hill Ranch" <>; "TowerTalk"
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2001 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Coax

> Hmmm,
> I have had my coax buried in my yard for over 20yrs.  Pulled it  up
> we're moving...some was RG8, RG213, RG214, RG58....all was in good shape,
> where some of the squirrels had chewed off the outside covering the
> was limited to a few inches.
> Never noticed any decrease in performance although I'm sure the experts
will say
> there was a decrease due to the age, moisture, etc.  However, I think the
> decrease in performance over the 20yr period has been in my ears and
> brain...perhaps more so than in the coax.  On this too I fee sure the
> will agree.
> I'm building a new place in the country.  I don't intend to spend too much
> energy or money on conduits, pumping/ filling in the pipes or pressuring
> conduits and using an air dryer process (likek they do in TV commercial
> feedline).  Nope, I'll just bury it and not worry about it. Might even
just lay
> it on the ground and let gravity suck it in over the years.
> In another 20yrs I won't give a damn if I have a few db of loss or a
> SWR...I'll be happy to just be breathing and waking up in the morning...
> SO, I guess if you have more money and time on your hands than you can
> what to do with you might attempt to duplicate a utility company type
> installation for your coax. It will surely be something to chat about over
> radio even if the guy on the other end keeps asking you to repeat yourself
> because his hearing is going ;-)
> dave
> wa3gin
> ---

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