[AMRadio] open wire line


Robert Nickels w9ran at oneradio.net
Mon Nov 19 20:27:50 EST 2007


Jim Wilhite wrote:
> As for spreaders, use the lightest thing you can find, 1/8 plexiglass 
> cut into strips 1/2 inch wide, Lexan the same or anything.  To keep 
> the spreader in place, drill holes in the strips then run the wire 
> through the holes then cut short pieces of wire and wrap one side of 
> the spreader then across it to the other side and wrap, then solder.
Here's another idea, FWIW.  W7FG makes dipoles out of 16 ga. stranded 
wire and PVC pipe insulators and mine seems to be holding up well after 
a couple of years.   Gary's got some pretty good pictures here:  
http://www.w7fg.net/ladder/ladder.html    He  makes a V-shaped entrance 
to a round hole through the pipe that secures the wire.  The wire 
snaps-in place, and stays put under all weather conditions, yet can be 
moved or adjusted as needed.

73 Bob W9RAN


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