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Subject: [TowerTalk] Guy Rope Termination
From: Rich Osman N1OZ <>
Date: Sat, 04 Feb 2006 07:45:36 -0600
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I'm putting together a 45 ' temporary mast package.  I'm using the 4' 
military surplus sections that it seems you see at every hamfest.

I've got 3/16" double braid Dacron rope for low stretch guys.  Most of 
the double layer rope I've used in the past was pretty finicky about 
treating the cut end, both in terms of how the cut is made and 
processed, and also the way it is looped and knotted on the D ring. The 
big problem I've seen is unequal tension on the inner and outer weaves 
leading to failure of one and the the other.

I emailed the manufacturer and they were surprisingly unhelpful, saying 
in essence "use a hot knife, we only make it, we know nothing about 

I'd like to engineer a solution rather than hack one.  Starting with the 
guys I want to be able to calculate the real guys strength.  I'm 
concerned that the terminations will end up being the weak points.

Can anybody out there point me in the right direction?  I've googled 
every way I can think of and don't seem to know the right terms.

Rich Osman, N1OZ
Rich Osman; POB 93167; Southlake, TX  76092 (Near DFW Airport)


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