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Re: Topband: Beverage insulators for 450 ohm line

Subject: Re: Topband: Beverage insulators for 450 ohm line
From: "Missouri Guy, N0TT" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 03:35:11 +0000
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Hi Gary, et al

> I went to the Zareba (not Zebara) site and 

D'Oh!!  Sorry abt the spelling!

> The local feed/fuel/hardware stores in our upscale 
> suburban area
> have maybe 2 or 3 kinds. 

Polytape electric fencing is just starting to become popular
around here (perhaps only for horses), so the stores stock
to stuff.  I have seen other another variety of insulator for
polytape but the PT25WP is one to use...much stronger
locking tab at the top.

> I use 300 ohm ladder line for my modest 
> Bevs and
> have yet to have an insulator that does not overstress the 
> line--especially
> when tree branches or entire trees fall on the wire. 

When trees fall on the line you WANT the insulator to give
way before the line breaks.   I once fastened a line very 
securely to a tree...tree limb fell and it broke the 
line.  It wasn't a big limb either!  These will open up and allow
the line to fall if they are overstressed.  They are strong enough
to support a line that has a coating of ice and have never
blown off in a wind.  

BTW, my supports are ~70' apart.

Charlie    N0TT

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