Mike, the owner of erstwhile Lightning Bolt, had solved this problem by
designing a wire-to-spreader fastener that consisted of several short
pieces of concentric heavy walled synthetic tubing of some sort (I
believe the outer tubing was truck air brake lining.). The tubing
assembly was mounted on the band of a hose clamp by another short piece
of concentric tubing, if I recollect correctly. The flexible concentric
tubings were mounted to the spreaders with the hose clamp and the quad
wire passed through the tubings. It made for a nice neat, taut
assembly and the positions of the wires could be adjusted easily by just
moving the hose clamp and without drilling holes. They worked and
continue to work very well.
His wife used to make them up for him and he sold them for about
Bill Turner wrote:
> ORIGINAL MESSAGE:
> On Mon, 18 Jun 2007 23:05:51 -0400, "Bob Maser"
> <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Teflon covered stranded is used by many. How you fasten it to the spreaders
>> is VERY important.
> ------------ REPLY FOLLOWS ------------
> Interesting thought about the Teflon.
> And fastening is indeed important. Ideally you want some kind of
> strain relief so the wire does not flex from a hard point. How you do
> that, I'm not sure other than making the holes through the spreaders
> with a gentle curve as opposed to a sharp edge.
> I had a four element quad up for six years and it was a fantastic
> performer, but when the wires started breaking I took it down and put
> up a triband yagi with a single feedline and no moving parts. It does
> not play as well but it's good enough and I sleep better.
> The Alpha 89 helps too. :-)
> Bill W6WRT
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