Genius, Doug. For some reason it reminds me of when a couple of us put a
garbage can upside down on the college flagpole.
73, Mike NF4L
Doug Grant wrote:
> Here's what I did:
> The boom truss cable clamps that were loose were out at the element
> end. When they loosened up enough, the Phillystran slipped out, around
> the thimble, and ended up dangling from the mast. The thimble was
> still in the eyebolt, but there was still a fairly big opening in the
> eyebolt available.
> I attached the loose end of the Philly with new cable clamps and a
> thimble to a stainless-steel snap hook (like a carabiner). I taped the
> snap hook open with a single turn of tape (Scotch 88, of course...this
> IS TowerTalk, right?), connected a long piece of strong string firmly
> to the tape, and threaded the string through the eyelets of a fishing
> pole. I disconnected the Phillystran at the mast end to give me some
> slack, then went "fishing" for the eye bolt on the SteppIR boom. I had
> to extend the fishing pole with a long wooden pole to reach.
> When I got a "bite" (it took about 5 minutes to maneuver the open snap
> hook through the hole in the eyebolt), I yanked the string to pull the
> tape off the snap hook to let it snap shut, capturing it (with the
> Philly attached) on the eyebolt. I set the fishing pole aside.
> Then I pulled the mast end of the Phillystran back up through the
> turnbuckle and snugged it up. So now the Phillystran is connected to a
> hook that goes through the eyebolt. It has held fine so far.
> Doug K1DG
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