In a message dated 2/26/2010 12:01:24 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> The cable on my MA-40 shows significant rust. I intend to replace it
spring, as well as do some preventive maintenance on my 3 element Steppir.
US Tower sells the cable for $99 plus shipping. I am seeking advice on
project, as I have never done this kind of work before, and would like to
What's significant rust? Surface rust doesn't really count. If you
have flakes of oxidized rust coming off, that's significant. The reason I
mention this is that I have never seen a ham crank-up with rust that bad and
trying to save you unnecessary work if possible.
> Is the cable offered by US Tower the best choice?
Wire rope is wire rope. You want 7x19 galvanized steel cable in the
appropriate size. What you get from UST is precut cable with crimped terminati
> What is involved in attaching the cable to the interior of the mast?
> Are there any special precautions I need to take? I intend to do this
with the assistance of a local handyman, who has extensive experience with
various issues of home maintenance. He has never worked on towers or
What you have to do is have the tower horizontal and then slide the
sections apart so you'll need enough room to do that. Other than that, follow
existing cable paths and you should be good to go. GL.
TowerTalk mailing list