> The tip of the reflector on a Force-12 6L 10M yagi
(EF-610) broke off
> right at the rivet. The tip is 0.375" OD dia and 44.375"
long and fits
> into the next larger 0.50" dia section. I suspect that it
> it fatigued and then fell off.
The same thing happened to my Force 12 ten meter yagi. The
elements vibrated, and a tip broke off. I couldn't get rope
in the elements because the rivets are in the way, so I
stuck some pieces of thin rope in as far as I could and let
it go at that.
I also bought a used 80/40 antenna that looks in great shape
otherwise, but the rivets are all wallowed out in all the
larger diameter longer elements. I haven't decided what to
do with it yet. I'll probably just keep it for parts.
My conclusions are rivets are a *very* poor method of
securing elements, and antennas need dampers inside
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