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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] KLM?
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 15:49:51 EDT
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I probably have more KLM antennas than anyone I know........17 of them for  
HF. In addition I also have four more KT34XAs on the ground that  need to go up 
in a stack.  I have often wondered why they have been called  'keep loosing 
metal'. I have never lost any of the elements from the KT 34XAs or  the 10 or 
15 meter 6 elements...other than when I battered them when installing  them.  
The same is true of the four 5 element 20 meter and the two 4  element 40 meter 
monos I have.
The main problem has been from the center insulator.  I have probably  lost 
four of the center insulators from fatigue.  I busted a few during  
installation fault of KLM.
Considering I have had the antennas for 15 years or longer, I feel  that's a 
pretty good record.  I think the problem that others have had with  the center 
insulators going bad is a combination of cold (which isn't a problem  is FL) 
making the material brittle, and over-tightening of the bolts and  nuts.
Good luck with the rehabs on the antennas.
Bill K4XS......looking for a 4 el 40 to rehab!

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