My revered some-time mentor and sage John, W0UN said:
> I guess you can do what ever you want--it is only your life and
> property at risk (and maybe the neighbors) but I would at least
> find out the vintage of the Philly and confirm with the factory what
> is the right way to terminate it--rather than relying on a lot
> of opinions of people who may or may not have extensive experience
> with the material.
Good advice, to be sure. I don't mean to come off as if what AA6TT did is
of suspicious engineering or questionable credibility. AA6TT spared little,
if any, expense. The story is that he used the new non-potted-ends Philly
but before the grips were readily available.
The entire AA6TT installation was done professionally, which is one reason I
have a high amount of credibility in it. I am sure if they could have
located the grips, they would have used the grips. The zero failure-rate
track-record is another reason I also take comfort.
Yes, the squished ends were ugly, but they didn't fail or slip.