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Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna eating tree

To: "'Jim Miller'" <JimMiller@STL-OnLine.Net>,"'Rick Tavan N6XI'" <>,"'Wes Attaway (N5WA)'" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna eating tree
From: "Robert Carroll" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 16:11:08 -0400
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The marine pulleys from Radio Works and elsewhere are much better than the
run of the mill hardware store pulleys.

Bob W2WG

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jim Miller
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 10:03 AM
To: Rick Tavan N6XI; Wes Attaway (N5WA)
Cc: Towertalk; Tom Osborne
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Antenna eating tree

Absolutely the way to do it.
73, Jim

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rick Tavan N6XI" <>
To: "Wes Attaway (N5WA)" <>
Cc: "Towertalk" <>; "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.
> 73,
> /Rick N6XI
> On 9/4/06, Wes Attaway (N5WA) <> 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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