Miami area ham info?

Crawford CRAWFORD at
Thu May 6 22:44:56 EDT 1993

Is anyone on this mail reflector living in or around Miami?
I am planning on moving there next month and would like to get
some info on places where not to live, antenna restrictions,
and DX-oriented clubs.  If you know of a packet BBS (or even
landline BBS) to which I coulds send a query, please pass that
73, Jerry K7UPJ

>From Fred Hopengarten" <lectroid!jjmhome!k1vr!k1vr at  Thu May  6 05:14:58 1993
From: Fred Hopengarten" <lectroid!jjmhome!k1vr!k1vr at (Fred Hopengarten)
Date: Thu, 06 May 1993 00:14:58 EDT
Subject: Phillystran vs. Steel Guys
Message-ID: <2be890d1.k1vr at k1vr.UUCP>

On Wed,  5 May 1993 16:50:34 +0000, "Steve Fraasch"
<Steve_Fraasch at ATK.COM> wrote:
> 1.) Has anyone lost a potting end, snapped a guy, or cut a
guy by accident?

K1VR:  I've seen two guys abraded by branches until they
popped.  Solution:  As you pass by trees, slip 'stran
through some gasoline hose of correct size (i.d. just barely
larger than 'stran o.d.).  The gas line (source:  any auto
parts store, on rolls and sold by the foot) has wonderful
strength properties because of an interwoven fabric within
it, designed to avoid failure due to abrasion.

> 2.) Can large antennas be put up safely ? If a sharp piece
of hdwe catches the guy, can the guy be cut?

K1VR:  Not readily.  But a knife and a lot of effort will
cut it.

> 3.) Does weather or ultra-violet limit guy life?

K1VR:  Doubt it.  'Stran specified as UV resistant.

> 4.) Do tower vibrations dampen out?  [K1VR:  Dunno what
you mean.]  Does the elasticity of 'stran cause the tower to
sway more than it otherwise would w/ steel guys?  [K1VR:

> 5.) I assume that one would follow the same guy schedule
given in the Rohn book.  Do any mods to those drawings apply
for 'stran?  [K1VR:  No.]

These remarks do not come from a civil or mechanical
engineer.  I'm just a humble lawyer, but I climb my own
Fred Hopengarten K1VR
Six Willarch Road, Lincoln, MA 01773-5105
home + office telephone:  617/259-0088 (FAX on demand)
"Big antennas, high in the sky, are better than small ones, low."

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