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[Towertalk] Coax and Crank-Ups

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Subject: [Towertalk] Coax and Crank-Ups
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Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 19:19:10 +0000
  Recent comments warning against cinching coax with 
cable ties, etc., lead me to ask advice about a question 
I have with my crank-up tower.
  It's a U.S. Tower model, and I have the U.S. Tower 
standoff arms. But I'm wondering if it's best to allow 
the coax to dangle freely through the standoffs or 
attach the coax at each standoff.
  I know the subject was discussed in the distant past, 
but no answer I've found seems based upon what's best 
for the coax. Most seem based on whether the coax looks 
better draped from each standoff when the tower is 
cranked down, or is neater if the coax is allowed to 
drop freely through the standoffs and coil at the base.
  Looking at the situation from the standpoint of being 
nice to the coax, rather than from the asthetics of the 
tower when it's retracted, what do experienced crankup 
owners think is the best approach?
  If attaching "fragile" low-loss coax to the standoffs 
is the preferred technique, what is the best method of 
attachment to avoid the sorts of compression problems 
that recent postings have warned about?
  Or if allowing the coax to slide through the standoffs 
is the way to go, any suggestions about how to prevent  
abrasion to the coax jackets as they pass through the 
standoff rings when the tower is raised or lowered?

  de Mike, KØMYW


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