Oh, Pat, you gave away the secret!
Yes, cell installs are a great place to visit. Near the end of the install,
all kinds of goodies can sometimes be had. Just down the road, I saw
the cell antennas going in, so stopped by to chat, and there was a
215' piece of 1 5/8" Heliax, new & unused on the spool, that was
extra. He even helped me load it on my trailer when I went back to
pick it up. (This was before copper prices skyrocketed.)
Finding connectors wasn't nearly as easy -- but with patience,
ebay came to the rescue!
Note: cell sites near my QTH are off-limits!!! ;-)
----- Original Message ----- > AA6EG Adds:
> If you can find new cell site construction going on, check with the crews
> that do that. Each new site (at least around here) seems to have a
> complete package drop shipped in a shipping container, with a standard
> inventory of items to do the outside plant part of the site. This
> liberal amounts of connectors, spools of cable, nuts, bolts, conduit,
> clamps, hangars, etc. It also includes LOADS of the rolls of Butyl
> sealers, many of which are in excess of those used in the construction of
> the site. Those I saw were rolls, about 4" wide, about 2 ft long, and
> thick.... a big supply. Extra supplies are often just tossed by the crews
> after completion of site.
> Anyone looking for 120 ft 'scrap' section of 7/8" Andrews cable?
> 73, DX, de Pat AA6EG email@example.com;
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