I'm oceanfront her (ocean 330' West to the Gulf, Bay is 380' to the
East on the southern tip of the island) and that is the reason I bought my
Aluminum yagis required (still do) maintenance every 18-24 months here.
This ocean outside does a number on the joints, coax, and especially the
rotors. My SteppIR has been up for almost six years now (and through two
hurricanes) with no problems. I check it periodically and the seals work as
they should. Not so with my two A4S's and the 402CD. I still need to
service them every 18-24 months. Rotors last about 18-24 months as well. I
just replaced two runs of 9913 coax that appeared to be well sealed, but the
SWR's kept getting better and better over a broad range, and sure enough the
ocean was eating 'em. One small nick and the saltwater finds its way in.
now planning on replacing all the coax runs with direct burial coax that I
Get the SteppIR, best antenna I've ever used (and I've used most of them.)
Jon Hamlet, W4ZW
Casey Key Island, Florida
"A little piece of paradise in the Gulf of Mexico"
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> Subject: [TowerTalk] Looking to put up some antennas in Bahamas out
> antennas hold up to salt air better?
> Optibeam looks to be made with good solid connections. What other beams to
> Island use?
> Any ideas out there? SteppIR maybe but not sure about that. I want to
cover 10 thru 20
> and then anohter beam for 40 maybe 4El
> then a 2El for 80. I guess optibeam makes beams for all of this maybe a 10
thru 40 on
> same boom, don't know. Will have to see
> what they have. A log might be some thing too like Tennadyne with a long
> Just checking things out what is out there that would hold up in the
island salt air.
> That brings up another thing Towers used in the islands. Wonder how
crankups would hold
> up, cables etc. maybe better with some 65G and go up
> just around 60ft for freestanding and maybe one set of guys. If I don't go
to high I can run
> a antenna lift up and down it after I disconnect the one set of guys. I
think 65G will
> freestand with no problem at 60ft. I don't have to be high since I will be
right on the water
> of the Atlantic.
> The 65G stuff is some tuff stuff. Im just thinking this stuff out.
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