Have you tried using a bungee cord between the hook and the rope. It should
provide some damping.
>From: "Roger (K8RI)" <K8RI-on-TowerTalk@tm.net>
>Sent: Apr 30, 2008 2:36 PM
>To: AI1P Matt Steven <KD0BVK@gmail.com>
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Guy rope damping
>AI1P Matt Steven wrote:
>> I have a vertical antenna on a rooftop tripod that is guyed with
>> stranded nylon rope. The rope naturally gets vibrating very heavily in
>> wind probably due to its uneven surface and it really can sing.
>I find that strange as I'm doing the same thing with no noise.
>What size rop and how much tension are you using. Nylon is naturally
>stretchy, but highly susceptible to weather and UV light. After a
>couple of weeks it should get quite stiff with little stretch left. I
>can't imagine the stuff being tight enough to sing/resonate.
>I have been using 3/16" to guy an AV-640 which makes me ask, what is the
>vertical? Is it a trap vertical, Aluminum tube, steel pipe, or tower
>BTW, I'm replacing the guy line with some 3/16" braided poly rope which
>has nearly twice the strength without the stretch or UV sensitivity.
>The RFConnection has the 3/16" for less than 10 cents a foot and 5/16"
>(1000# test) for 15 cents a foot. The 1/4" at 800# test is not as handy
>with a core and separate jacket.
>> The problem is that the house hook it ties to is anchored (necessarily)
>> to a roof joist for support and these vibrations transfer right into my
>> bedroom making for plenty of banshees on windy nights.
>> What I've tried so far to dampen it:
>> 1) Wrap the anchoring hook very thickly with electrical tape. little/no
>> 2) Use scrap coax to absorb some of the vibration on the string as it
>> comes in, before it touches the metal of the hook (acts as padding
>> basically) little effect, the coax redirects some of the vibration but
>> not enough to notice.
>> 3) Same as 2 but running the actual tie-off to further down the roof,
>> and just having the hook as a guide point. Not much effect.
>> I can't afford Phillystran or anything really nice like that, so that's
>> out of the question, but is there any way to stay on the cheap and at
>> least get the vibration to stop resonating in the rafters?
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