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Re: [TowerTalk] [FCG] Need sources of rope and fiberglass

To: "Charles Harpole" <>, <>, "Florida ContestGroup" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] [FCG] Need sources of rope and fiberglass
From: "Robert & Charlotte Higgins" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 16:08:44 -0400
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Bob K4LW

> Hope someone can refer me to a source for
> ---very light weight, very strong (500 lbs. pull), non absorbent, sun 
> resistant line/string/rope to use to internally guy a two element quad.
> -- light weight 8 foot fiberglass rod or tube, at least 1 and half inch 
> diameter.
> Well, my quad broke today in a gale.  The wind estimater says speed was 50 
> to 56 mph based on small tree blown over, twigs and limbs down, and so on. 
> I am impressed that the grass in the lots beside and behind me ... grass 
> about 2 ft tall, was blown completely flat, so he wind at actual ground 
> level was bad, too.  Standard factory Cubex with factory stiffner... 2 el 
> full size 40m, 2el on 30, and 3 el on other two WARC bands.  Really worked 
> nice!
> I made the mistake of not heading my quad West where the wind always comes 
> from... I think because it hit it on an angle, one of the top two 
> spreaders broke at about the half way point and all the wires of the 
> driven element are drooping over the mess that is left.  The reflector, 
> lacking he added load of the driven coax attached, survived.  I think the 
> driven array also rotated on the boom and the whole thing could have been 
> pushed back on the mast, it appears.
> I had plans already of putting in 8ft extensions on the ends of the boom 
> and tying the whole thing into a fully guyed internally.  I do not know 
> how I can get another fiberglass spreader shipped here, it is very long, 
> and I have only one fiberglass extension rod to do the strengthening so 
> that is another part to find.
> If you have suggestions on a very light very strong, sun resistant, non 
> absorbing string, line, rope.... please let me know.  de HS0ZCW
> Charly
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