[AMRadio] 1977 Antenna ?


Larry Taft ltaft at charter.net
Mon Dec 6 10:54:46 EST 2004


Any plastic parts will be suspect.  Put it up if the effort isn't too great 
and see how it works.

Larry K2LT

At 10:43 AM 12/6/2004 -0500, you wrote:

>I have this new, old-stock antenna here. It's a two-trap dipole made by 
>Western Radio Electronics dating from 1977. It's brand new in the box, and 
>27 years old. It appears to be made of copper-clad wire, two 
>plastic-encased traps and a section of RG-58U feedline.
>
>This looks like a decent antenna, rated at a KW on AM and CW, supposed to 
>be no-tuner-required on 80 and 40, it's 103 feet long. I have a hankering 
>to put up a new antenna and I am wondering whether or not to trust this 
>old guy. I am worried about the effects of aging on the traps, center 
>insulator and maybe the RG-58/U.
>
>Any thoughts on this?
>
>73, Don Merz, N3RHT
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