[TowerTalk] Fiberglass UV
Joe Subich, K4IK
k4ik at subich.com
Tue Mar 23 00:17:53 EST 2004
> From: WD4K
> Sent: Monday, March 22, 2004 11:52 PM
> I question if steppir has any miracle to protect the
> fiberglass..what I do know is after boating for over 30
> years, nothing I have ever seen will protect the fiberglass
> antenna from UV damage,wind/sand blasting,acid rain and
> constant vibration and movement.
> That record is not reassuring if you compare fiberglass in
> the air for 20 years vs aluminum. We know about aluminum, we
> gamble and hope with fiberglass.
Nonsense ... I've seen commercial fiberglass antennas last
for 10+ years. If I needed to do so I could renew A SteppIR
(even a four element antenna) for less than $250 (eight ESTs at
$30 each). $25 per year of use ... that's a bargain. I've
spent more than that repairing aluminum antennas that weren't
10 years old.
BTW, you might be surprised what the right coatings can do.
... Joe, K4IK
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