On Fri, 28 Dec 2007 16:07:02 -0500, Martin Ewing AA6E wrote:
>The problem is that the copper is
>weathered pretty well by now, and it can't be soldered as it is.
Flexweave has more serious problems than solderability after aging.
It doesn't age well at all -- that corrosion you've experienced also
weakens the copper, and eventually it will wear and break, and your
antenna will fall. I first used FlexWeave about four years ago. The
first antenna lasted under a year. Every antenna I built with it has
broken. Each time, I've had to put major effort (and in two cases,
major dollars) into replacing them.
Flexweave is a DISASTER READY TO HAPPEN for any antenna with
signficant mechanical stress. It SEEMS like a good idea, but it
isn't. Stick to POC (plain ordinary copper) from your local hardware
store. THHN makes great antenna wire.
Jim Brown K9YC
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