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Re: [TowerTalk] Guy Rope Knot

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Guy Rope Knot
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 11:01:18 +0000
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If the anchors are just stakes in the ground use a pipe hitch.  That is 3
turns around the stake with 2 half hitches.  That knot would prevent the
rope from slipping up or down the stake and is easy to tighten and tie the
half hitches as the 3 turns keep the rope from slipping around the stake.
If the anchor has an eye in it then just two or three half hitches are fine
to tie to it, though I would normally do an extra loop or two through the
eye to make cinching it down easier.

While the bowline may be nice for some uses it is not good in uses where you
have to tie it to tighten up the guy since it inherently gives back slack to
the line when you tighten the loop.

David Robbins K1TTT
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-----Original Message-----
From: Kelley Shaddrick [] 
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2012 01:05
Subject: [TowerTalk] Guy Rope Knot

I'm putting up a 40' aluminum mast as an end point for an all band dipole
antenna. What's the best way to attach the guy ropes to the anchors? At the
moment, it's been suggested I use a tautline hitch. I've used this knot
before to hold up dipoles, not sure about its reliability as a guy rope
knot. However, I like that it allows the rope to move either way so I can
adjust it. Are there some other knots to consider? How about some kind of
mechanical device?


Kelley - W0RK 


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