On 8/4/2010 4:08 PM, Robert & Charlotte Higgins wrote:
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> Bob K4LW
Too bad they don't offer the 3/16" Dacron in 1000' spools.
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
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