The south end of my 80-meter dipole runs among trees. The trees are
higher than the antenna wire and have limbs which are above the dipole.
Big limbs. The dipole is made of #14AWG THHN. It is supported at its
southern end with about 40ft of 3/16in rope tied off in a tree.
One of the trees that is near the antenna is a large beech. One of its
limbs broke off a few months ago and narrowly missed the antenna wire.
I'm thinking about installing a mechanical weak link in this leg of the
dipole that would break if one of the heavy limbs falls across the
Good idea? Bad idea?
What material would be a good choice for the weak link?
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