I guess it is probably a bad trap, but does this give anyone insight into
the likely element? I suppose I will have to take the whole
antenna down to do anything, so I will inspect and clean them all, but I
wondered if there was a rule of thumb.
It is generally a good idea to disassemble ALL traps,
tighten the screws at each end of the coils,
reassemble the trap cover, replace and tape
the trap covers with Scotch 33 Black Electrical Tape.
Do NOT pull the last turn of tape tight to prevent 'flagging'
and cut with a knife or scissors.
You may also want to clean and re-do each element joint
using Penetrox (AL-AL) or AL-NO-OX.
YES, it's a lot of work, but that is the BEST way too
eliminate problems with Tribanders and insure maximum
longevity until the next repair is needed.
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