[TowerTalk] Ridding Birds from the Tower

Gary J - N5BAA qltfnish at omniglobal.net
Thu Nov 21 10:46:05 EST 2013

I pop at varmits using a 22 with a scope and it is EASY to make sure that 
you miss the coax or antenna - just don't shoot if there is a chance of 
hitting them.  last use 22 shorts or 22 CB-CAP rounds (22 round without 
powder just the primer).  The energy of these rounds is very much less and 
they are cheap.  Bottle rockets fired out of a 1 1/4 inch piece of PVC work 

Gary J

-----Original Message----- 
From: Roger (K8RI) on TT
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2013 8:08 AM
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Ridding Birds from the Tower

On 11/21/2013 2:20 AM, Hector Garcia,XE2K wrote:
> What can happen if  the   person using this advice miss several of those 
> pellets and those pellets find their target
> in the coaxial of the tribander,  or 3 elements 40m,  is a risk ? or bad 
> luck

A typical pellet can not only penetrate coax, it can often does have
enough energy left out to several hundred feet that it can penetrate
antenna elements if hit square on.

I have 2 of the little 177 rifles and they are surprisingly powerful.
With a scope they will match my 22 for accuracy out to several hundred
feet and are effective on birds and rodents. A BB gun would be safer for
the elements, but still risky for coax at short ranges, plus their
accuracy is not nearly as good although as a kid I accounted for many
sparrows at short ranges with one on the farm.

These are normally infective on flocks of persistent birds  and can be
dangerous with close neighbors.


Roger (K8RI)

J.Hector Garcia  XE2K / AD6D Mexicali B.C DM22fp
/ El Centro P.O.Box 73 El Centro CA 92244-0073 http://xe2k.net Tweeter


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