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Subject: [TowerTalk] TA-53-M
Date: Wed Jan 29 20:19:19 2003

     Others here have suggested Oxgard as an alternative to Penetrox.
Either one will work on Al-Al connections.  But be sure you properly clean
the surfaces before applying the goop.  TowerTalk folk have suggested, and I
followed their advice on my tribander, first to scour the mating surfaces
with Scotchbrite pads (Home Despot, Lowe's, etc.), NOT sandpaper.  Use one
clean piece to clean the aluminum to a shiny appearance, then apply a THIN
layer of anti-oxidant to both surfaces with the brush that comes with the
jar-size Penetrox, etc.  Then work the stuff into the aluminum with another
piece of Scotchbrite.  Don't mix the two pieces of Scotchbrite - one is to
remain relatively clean and the other is to stay moist with the Penetrox.

     Following this procedure (two separate Scotchbrite pieces) will keep
non-metallic material (oxidized aluminum particles, sand, etc) out of the
joint, and allow for a tight mechanical connection (thin layer of paste.)

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

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From: Mike Warnock <>
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Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 4:50 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] TA-53-M

Recently purchased older Mosley TA-53-m withTA-40-KR (40m) kit.  I have
disassembled, cleaned up and reassembled the antenna.
  Two questions:
1. Does the grounding strap at the center of the 20/40 driven element
attach?  Instructions are for 4 different antennas and aren't clear.
2.  Instructions recommend use of penatrox at all tubing and trap
connections.  Is this necessary and if so is there a substitute product.
I would appreciate any additional suggestions or recommendations.
Mike, K7XN
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