How about this - turn the rotator to its clockwise stop. Then wind 3 turns
of flexible coax loosely around the mast, also in a clockwise
direction. As the mast rotates, the coax turns will loosen, but the
rotator loop will always be supported by the mast.
I would also suggest cabling from your feedpoint in to the boom-to-mast
plate, and having a connector there. Make your rotator loop a separate
piece. That way you won't need a crane if there is a next time.
At 06:26 PM 3/8/2008, Bill Carnett wrote:
>Though the idea of a rotator loop is pretty simple,
>I'm looking for any novel approaches others have had.
> Over the past winter, my coax has been disrupted
>twice up at the rotator loop. In spite of an adequate
>loop, it seems that the coax is getting hung up on one
>of the members of the top of the tower. Honestly
>can't figure how it happens, maybe strong wind while
>turning and the cable gets caught and pops? It works
>for quite a while, then boom...breaks again. I can
>watch it turn and there is plenty of excess cable.
>The rotator automatically travels the shortest
>distance to a heading, so rarely will travel 360
>degrees. Really can't figure why this is happening.
>At this point I'm planning on creating a very sizable
>loop falling off of the boom some distance from the
>mast, maybe this will help in the future.
>Since I've got a fairly large yagi up there, repair
>usually requires a crane to reach out to the
>connection point on the yagi...getting expensive.
>Maybe somebody has some unique solutions?
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