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Re: [TowerTalk] Inverted L Questions

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Inverted L Questions
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 08:53:11 EST
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I suggest you also consider corrosion between the copper wire and the 
aluminum tower. There is a special anti-corrosion grease sold at Home Depot and 
electrical supply stores that is used to prevent corrosion in wiring when 
wire is being used with copper.

I have also used a piece of the "extra" length of stainless hose clamp. I cut 
off the extra length or just cut up an extra clamp and place the piece 
between the tower and the copper, under the clamp used to hold it all together. 
the copper is contained between two strips of stainless.

Consider clamping 2 extra pieces of copper wire several inches long and then 
twisting the two extra pieces to the main wire a few inches from the clamp. 
Then all three pieces would have to break before you would lose the connection.

Even better would be to place a standard antenna strain insulator at the 
junction with your stranded copper attached to the insulator (like the end of a 
dipole) and the insulator attached to the tower. Then connect a jumper of 
stranded copper wire or copper braid from the antenna to the tower with some 
This would take all of the strain out of the antenna connection.

Good luck

Bruce  AA4Z  

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