|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] CDE Ham II|
|Date:||Tue, 11 May 2004 21:08:38 -0400|
Thanks Bill and also Brad, W9FX, for the advice.|
The lubricant is smooth and slippery, no grit or caking. I'll take that as a good sign and go with it.
Bill Coleman wrote:
I bought a CDE Ham II rotor in 1976, used it for about five years and removed
it from service with the intent of getting my beams back in the air in short
order. I replaced a few parts in 1981 and lubricated the ball bearings. Turns
out that "in short order" turned into 23 years :(
It was stored during that time in attics, barns and sheds. Dry but subject to
ambient outside temperatures (or greater when it was in the attic). I hooked
it up on the bench and it works. Removed the top casting to take a look at
the ball bearings. They are shiny and coated with the lubricant I put on them
23 years ago, a lubricant that I bought from CDE for just that purpose.
After all these years, is that lubricant on the ball bearings still a functioning
lubricant? Or is it of questionable character and should be replaced? If so, with what?
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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