I live in Northern Ohio. Every winter for a few days my TH-5 is out of service
because of ice build up on the antenna causing high SWR.
I guess every antenna can have ice problems in cold climates.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jon Ogden" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Guy Olinger, K2AV" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2002 7:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Towertalk] The StepIR
> on 9/15/02 1:51 PM, Guy Olinger, K2AV at email@example.com wrote:
> > The SteppIR may fare BETTER than regular aluminum antennas in
> > salt-spray environments.
> > The copper tape itself is sealed inside the stepper housing and the
> > fiberglass tubes. It is exposed only to what manages to leak inside.
> What about ice? Yes, the copper tape and the servo motor are all sealed
> inside. But in those environs where it might get really cold, what if
> moisture condenses inside and freezes? What then? I hadn't thought about
> that but just yesterday I was talking with another ham about this antenna
> and he brought up the icing point.
> Frankly, I think the antenna is a great idea. I've thought about getting
> one myself although my tower cost more to put up than I expected so I will
> be holding off on antenna purchases until next spring.....
> Jon Ogden
> NA9D (ex: KE9NA)
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