Hi Jim, I found your comments below interesting. Do you really see an
advantage using solid wire over stranded for a given size? I would have
guessed stranded was more stable and stronger and maybe I have had it wrong
all these years.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Tower Talk List" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, September 02, 2006 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Ernesto ate my windom
> On Sat, 02 Sep 2006 11:21:01 -0400, Jim Jarvis wrote:
>>The #14 PE insulated superflex
> What is "superflex?" Do you mean "flexweave?" I tried some #12 on
> several antennas, and it broke in less than a year on all of them.
> I'm a firm believer in POC -- plain ordinary copper -- that I buy
> from my local hardware or electrical supply store. Antennas that
> must withstand big stress are #10 solid, the rest are #12 solid.
> Another important thing I learned (the hard way) is to never put
> solder where it will stress or move. Put the stress on unsoldered
> lengths of wire, then loop the wire over to where you're going to
> solder it (or otherwise secure the connection). Yes, it adds some
> inductance. So what -- it simply adds to the length of the antenna,
> so you cut it slightly shorter.
> If you want to be stealthier, use black insulation or bare copper.
> Stranded wire corrodes faster. If you must use stranded wire, use
> very good insulation on it, and pay careful attention both to the
> stress you place on the ends and the protection of exposed ends from
> Jim Brown K9YC
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