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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 20:38:50 -0600
Just let it hang.
Skip the coax arms altogether.  My coax and all control lines just hang 
from the top with a 3 foot standoff arm.  My tower is down all the time 
except when QRV so it is going up and down many times a week.  If it 
gets windy I stabalize the coax at the bottom to keep it from blowing 
around. No problem. The coax just makes it own coil on the ground when 
the tower is down.

de steve VE6WZ.

----- Original Message -----
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Date: Thursday, August 8, 2002 1:19 pm
Subject: [Towertalk] Coax and Crank-Ups

>  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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