I say put up the beam!!
Nothing wrong with hose clamps and electrical tape. Clean the joints
(scotch brite - NOT steel wool) and maybe add NoAlOx, then new SS clamps and
real electrical tape (3M 88) where necessary - the beam could last years!
It should CRUSH the vertical.
> I currently have a used TH6-something that I took down for an old-timer
> who is going to make do with an 80M dipole. The clamps are all rusted and
> the plastic is falling apart. It's in a pile in my backyard.
> As a gradual student with not much money, I'm thinking of putting it back
> together with hose clamps and electrical tape for CQWW and putting it up
> about 20' off the ground on a roof mount above a garage. I can either do
> that, or just stick with a Butternut. I also have a 6/10M quad up about
> 40' mounted on a chimney. The ground slopes off to the north and to the
> east and the quad works quite well when the band is open. (Heck, piece of
> spaghetti works quite well when the band is open. :) )