Tieing the joint area down to a small piece of fiberglass sheet and covering
with someting like silicon rubber will give the joint some support. Also, if
you use something like a split bolt or a saddle clamp it would be good to
cover it with Penetrox or similar electrical grease.
Gene / W2LU
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Brown" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, December 25, 2009 9:32 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Splicing and weatherproofing ladder line
> On Fri, 25 Dec 2009 13:54:14 -0600, Wes Attaway \(N5WA\) wrote:
>>Twist the wires together over about a 1-inch length. Solder the
>>and massage some coax-seal around the joints.
> I use ladder line for 2-wire Beverages. Soldering 300 ft out in the woods
> not easy (unless you have a butane iron, which I do not). The one time I
> to splice it I stripped and twisted as Wes suggested, then bonded the
> together using small split-bolt connectors. So that the two split bolts
> wouldn't short out to each other, I offset the splice by an few inches.
> It should also be noted that soldered copper joints are very likely to
> at the joint when subjected to flexing, as with wire antennas in the wind.
> Copper split bolt connectors are an excellent way to splice wire antennas
> without soldering. I lock them down real well with pliers, then tape them
> well to minimize oxidation.
> Jim K9YC
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