Dick Green WC1M wrote:
> Generally good advice, and of course you don't want to damage the
> Phillystran, but in the case of the 4-el SteppIR boom support, I would
> advise cranking the nuts as tight as you can by hand.
You don't mean just finger tight, do you? No wrench? Mine were put on
pretty tightly. Surprisingly, very easy to take off.
> I contacted K7IR at SteppIR about it, and he told me that the boom is way
> overdesigned and the truss is there mostly for cosmetic reasons.
Good to know.
> Later, I spoke with K1DG, who had exactly the same experience with the boom
> truss on one of his 4-el SteppIRs. He devised an ingenious repair method
> whereby he used a snap hook attached to a fishing pole to snag the eyelet on
> the boom end of the truss. So, if it lets go you can repair it, but not
> without some difficulty.
Having snagged it, then what? How did he get it close enough to repair?
> Of course, if you're one of the many SteppIR owners with a tilt-over crankup
> tower, my advice may not apply.
In my dreams ;-o>
73, Mike NF4L
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