[AMRadio] open wire line

w4wsz w4wsz at embarqmail.com
Mon Nov 19 20:31:07 EST 2007

Regarding home made spacers.

If you run the feed wire on the outside of the spacer and the tie wire 
through the hole it will be be much easier to replace a damaged spacer.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Nickels" <w9ran at oneradio.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2007 8:27 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] open wire line

> 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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