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[Towertalk] Tailtwister won't turn.

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Subject: [Towertalk] Tailtwister won't turn.
From: (Jerry Kincade)
Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 06:57:02 -0500
At the risk of offending some, I haven't seen anybody post the obvious
solution of retiring this thing and putting up one of the bigger Yaesu or
other similar units. Over the past few years I've read literally hundreds of
posts on how to get around the myriad of KNOWN problems with Tailtwisters.
Not so with the large Yaesu units, a couple of which equal or exceed the
Tailtwister's capacity. I used a little Ham IV for several years with no
problems, but went to a Yaesu instead of a Tailtwister when I put up a much
larger, higher antenna. Sure haven't been sorry (at least so far). I could
maybe understand it if HyGain prices were significantly cheaper than Yaesu,
but it seems to be the other way around. Regardless, I'd pay the extra
freight if necessary for the reliability and lack of hassle, unless you have
a source for free Tailtwisters and unlimited patience.
73, Jerry W5KP

----- Original Message -----
From: "David L. Thompson" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 1:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Towertalk] Tailtwister won't turn.

> I have the same problem that Dave K1HT is experiencing.  Right now my
> is stuck on 20 degrees (I was trying to hear 9N7AS on 17).  Rocking it
> and forth doesn't work but it will turn after a day or so but its
> This happened about 6 or 7 years ago and a local who works on the rotors
> took it apart and the grease had turned to chauk.  I replaced the starting
> cap but the replacements available are much bigger and Telex/Hy-Gain sent
> a sheet on how to install (mount) the new aerovox cap..I had to use
> electrical tape to hold it down.
> Anyone have any ideas why the grease degrades (Hy-Gain iold me they had
> never heard of such a thing).
> I agree that for 100 feet or more you need bigger cable.  I upgraded to
> bigger Belden cable about 14 years ago.  With the clunk of the solenoid I
> suspect that both K1HT and I need to get the rotor serviced.
> 73 Dave K4JRB
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