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Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna eating tree

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna eating tree
From: Martin AA6E <>
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2006 14:44:50 -0400
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Jim Jarvis wrote:
> Unlike Charlie Brown's kite eating tree, the antenna
> eating pinoak yielded to a 2 ton come-along.  The windom
> remains are down.  Validates my 'soft-technology' approach,
> using two small bowlines, tied in the rope and wire, in lieu of
> end-insulators.
> It pulled through the crotch of the branch at 70', with something
> less than 300 lbs persuasion.  Had there been an insulator, it'd be
> there permanently.
> ...

My tree guy frowns when he sees antenna ropes through tree crotches.  It 
can damage the tree.  He would like to have it reseated every so often 
so the tree can heal.  Much better, I think, to install a screw eye and 
use that for the antenna connection, allowing suitable strain reliefs.

I wonder if there's any useful "ham thinking" about tree health.

73 Martin AA6E

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