You can find Scotch 33 or 88T at any electrical supply house or distributor.
You won't usually find it at the hardware store. 88T is what we use at Ma
Bell for outside work, not a bad testament to its quality. It's just a tad
thicker version of regular 88 to give quicker buildup on thick wraps. It's
also harder to stretch out, and doesn't look as pretty as 33 when you are
done. Either works great. Don't forget to cut it with scissors or a sharp
knife at a *non-stretched* section. If you stretch it first and then cut it,
it will pull it's own end loose eventually, resulting in what's called
"flagging" or an ugly loose end flopping in the breeze. If you are doing
antenna or tower work and esthetics are important, you can look a little
harder and use Scotch 35, which is 33 in living colors (including gray,
which is great for a nice low profile look on antenna booms/elements and
tower legs). See http://www.3m.com/elpd/pdfs/prem_vinyl_tape_poi.pdf. Expect
to cough up over $3.00 per roll, a bit cheaper by the 10-pack. It's worth
73, Jerry W5KP
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken Hopper" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "QRP-L" <qrp-l@Lehigh.EDU>; "steppir" <email@example.com>;
Sent: Monday, June 17, 2002 1:44 PM
Subject: [Towertalk] [OT] weatherproof tape for antennas?
> Hi, this is a little off topic. I am trying to find weatherproof tape for
> outdoor antennas. Anyone have a recommendation?
> I used common duct tape and over a very short time it fell apart leaving
> tails on my masts and wires. There must be something stronger and more
> Someone suggested type "88" but I was unable to find it at the local ACE
> Hardware store. Where hould I look? in a speciality catalog? i
> Is there such a thing called "silicon tape" that matures into a single
> over time?
> de ken n9vv
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