> Later this week I'll be moving a C3 from the home of an SK to my
> QTH. It is only been up a couple years (and it'll sure look good on
> my 55' tower!)
> I have a roof rack and can split the elements for xport. But what is
> the BEST procedure for doing so? I'd like to make as little work as
> possible on the rebuild end. What tools, rivets, etc should be used
> for re-assembly?
First, the boom joints will unbolt, so you'll have no trouble there.
As I recall, everything can be done with 9/16", 1/2" and 7/16"
sockets/wrenches. The feed point might require 3/8".
Second, the elements unbolt from the boom (u-bolts). Number them or
label them with a "sqeaky-leaky" so you can put them back in the same
Third, the elements can be disassembled using a sharp 1/8" drill to
remove the rivets. Mark the joints you separate, so they can go back
together the same. Tape the parts of each element together in a
When you reassemble, it will go very easily. A taped bundle = an
element. You'll need some new 1/8" aluminum "pop" rivets and a
puller to reassemble. Put some NoAlOx or equivalent on each joint
It's easy as pie; I've done several.
Put the feedline and balun on before you lift it, becasuse the
feedpoint is pretty far from where the mast will be.
The boom-to-mast plates are wonderful. There's a big bolt in the
middle of the mast plate which sticks out. When you lift the antenna
up, its boom plate slips right over the bolt, you spin on a nut a
couple of turns, and then all of the weight is off you. Then it's a
snap to put in the other bolts and nuts to complete the attachment.
Good luck, be safe. It's a good antenna.
George T. Daughters, K6GT
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