Absolutely the way to do it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Tavan N6XI" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Wes Attaway (N5WA)" <email@example.com>
Cc: "Towertalk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; "Tom Osborne"
Sent: Monday, September 04, 2006 11:30 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna eating tree
> A similar technique is to run a line over the tree with a pulley on one
> Run the antenna rope through the pulley. Pull the pulley up into the tree,
> playing antenna rope dead end up through the pulley until the pulleys are
> high and as close to the tree as you wnat them. You have to play the two
> ends (and maybe a supported center) alternately until everything is where
> you want it. Then at each end (and maybe center) you tie off the pulley
> and the antenna rope at the bottom of the same tree. This has the dual
> benefits of providing some slack through the pulley to compensate for tree
> swaying and preventing the tree limb bark from enveloping the antenna rope
> and making it impossible to take down. The tree can still grow around the
> pulley rope, capturing it, but you can always lower the antenna from the
> pulley. The slack is taken up by "rope over pulley" instead of "rope
> rope," so it should last longer.
> /Rick N6XI
> On 9/4/06, Wes Attaway (N5WA) <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Tom .... one more idea .... people talk about using weights on
> > the down line from a pulley. I have been using what I think is a
> > better option. I just loosely wrap the dacron line around the
> > base of the tree and tie it off with a simple loop-type knot
> > (like you would use on a boat to stop a line from running back
> > out). I'm not sure of the real name for the knot.
> > It really works great because there is some "play" in the line
> > that keeps things from breaking. The line just pulls up a bit
> > when tension is on it, but the friction around a decent sized
> > tree is enough to stop it from moving very much. Also, there is
> > no need to screw anything into the base of the tree, or to hang
> > any kind of weight that will swing around in the wind or try to
> > bend your screw-eye. It does not harm the tree. Moreover, it is
> > not real obvious and is nice from an esthetic standpoint. You
> > can just coil the excess line and lay it on the ground and cover
> > it with leaves.
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