In a message dated 5/31/03 5:26:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> The best solution I have found while using 3 Orion -2800 rotators is to cut
> the connector off the end coming out of the rotator and use wire nuts to
> connect to the cable into the radio room.
Good, simple solution. I use the crimp butt connector technique myself.
Weatherproofing the large connector joint requires special handling
because of its size and transition from small wire to big connector to small
Wrap it with several layers of Scotch 33 or 88 tape; add a layer of vapor
wrap; wrap it again with several layers of tape; then paint the whole thing
Liquid Electrical Tape or clear acrylic spray paint to seal it. ScotchKote can
be used but it and the LET both dry out and flake off after awhile but can be
Speaking of Orion rotators, does anyone have a cure for the mast clamp
from loosening up? I've installed a bunch of these over the years and virtually
100% of them have loosened up with the antenna/mast turning in the wind. I've
started pinning the mast which helps somewhat but it doesn't prevent the
clamps from loosening up.
I'm pretty sure that what's happening is that the long bolts are
stretching and I don't have a cure for that. Any help appreciated.