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Re: Topband: Critters and Cables

To: "RK" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Topband: Critters and Cables
From: "EP Swynar" <>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 15:14:25 -0400
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On 20th May, Bob wrote...

"...Has anyone here had experience with ultrasonic devices or predator
scented materials such as granules or sprays with oilbase?"


Hi Bob,

This past winter, some critter, or other (I suspect it was a VERY determined
squirrel) decided that he / she was going to get inside one of the plastic
Folger's Coffee containers that houses the air variable capacitor that I
tune one of my inverted "L's" with, to see if there were any "goodies"
inside to eat...

I wouldn't have minded the varmint doing it once, but he / she did it FOUR
TIMES...and on one occasion, the open container filled with water, & froze!

That rascal even ATE about one & a half inches of teflon insulated wire that
was inside --- copper, & all!

I tried sprinkling the area around the container with bleach, turpentine,
and even moth balls...but nothing seemed to work. Then one day I happened to
be inside one of the local "dollar stores", and bought the absolute BIGGEST
bottle of cheap cologne, for the LOWEST price I could find. It smelled
strong, and boy did it have staying power!

I poured about an ounce, or so, inside the enclosure, and sprinkled even
more in the immediate area around it...

RESULT: the critter had better taste(!) than these guys are sometimes
credited with, and he never came back again.

NOTE: if your "visitors" are of the determined variety, you'll no doubt need
to repeat the process at least once per week...

~73!~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ

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