Here's a clarification, pointed out by an attentive towertalkian:
My previous e-mail was not intended to refer to cables that use
a braided shield under a jacket. A tight jacket compresses
the braid and it's a very effective RF conductor, provided that
the braid is not corroded.
Rather, my comment was intended to apply to to the
inappropriate use of braided strap for RF grounding or lightning
protection. Its been well proven that braided strap has far too
much inductance to be of any utility above 2 MHz.
So... Lets try again:
Discard all forms of "braided" strap.
Braid is something a girl does to her hair.
Braided strap is a poor RF conductor and it's a terrible conductor
of lightning energy.
Use braided strap only for DC and audio applications, its just an
inductor for RF or lightning protection applications.
Here's an excellent reference from the many industry sources on this topic:
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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