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Re: [TowerTalk] Broken Element Tip

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Broken Element Tip
From: Doug Renwick <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 22:22:17 -0600
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Normally I place dampening rope in most of my element tips.  I have
had tips of KLM and CC elements fatigue and break off in the past.
Against my better judgment I followed the Force-12 instructions
and did not install any anti-vibration rope.
What I am thinking of doing is to go to a heavier wall tubing
(the original is 0.035" wall) of 0.049 or 0.058", switching
from rivets to a gear clamp, and using a small diameter rope.
That I know will work.


Tom Rauch wrote:

The tip of the reflector on a Force-12 6L 10M yagi
(EF-610) broke off right at the rivet.

The same thing happened to my Force 12 ten meter yagi. The
elements vibrated, and a tip broke off. I couldn't get rope
in the elements because the rivets are in the way, so I
stuck some pieces of thin rope in as far as I could and let
it go at that.

I also bought a used 80/40 antenna that looks in great shape
otherwise, but the rivets are all wallowed out in all the
larger diameter longer elements. I haven't decided what to
do with it yet. I'll probably just keep it for parts.

My conclusions are rivets are a *very* poor method of
securing elements, and antennas need dampers inside

73 Tom

Doug Renwick VA5DX
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