[TowerTalk] Gamma fixing

Byron Lichtenwalner w3wkr at verizon.net
Sat Dec 1 14:07:25 EST 2007

I have a general rule about NOT using solder on any exposed antenna 
connections.  The solder always seems to infiltrate (amalgamate) the copper 
and the connection becomes brittle and breaks.

I use lugs with compression connections and rarely have failures.

Byron, W3WKR
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roger Cooke" <g3ldi at yahoo.co.uk>
To: <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2007 2:00 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Gamma fixing

> Hi.
>   This is the third time I have lost my gamma wire on my 110ft tower! I 
> have an
> 18 inch spreader clamped to the tower and another two spaced down the 
> tower.
> I fix an old piece of coax at the top and just feed it through insulators 
> in the other
> two spreaders down to the bottom. The way I have fixed it is to solder the 
> outer
> and inner together onto a large solder tag, a very large and solid one. I 
> then fix
> this to the loop of the spreader at the top. The inherent problem is the 
> weight of
> the coax, since it just hangs on that solder tag. The wind eventually 
> causes it
> to fail and the gamma just falls away, quite annoying, since I have to 
> climb the
> tower again and take 110ft of coax with me and fix it.
>   I would like to hear of some variations on this theme so I can modify my
> fixing method!  How do you do it?
> 73 de Roger, G3LDI
> Regards from Roger, G3LDI
> Swardeston, Norfolk.
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