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
73, Jerry W5KP
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Jordan" <email@example.com>
To: "J. G. Kincade" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "W0UN--Signal Hill Ranch" <email@example.com>; "TowerTalk"
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2001 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Coax
> 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
> 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
> 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 ;-)
> HAVE FUN,
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