[AMRadio] open wire line

Geoff/W5OMR ars.w5omr at gmail.com
Mon Nov 19 20:45:48 EST 2007

Robert Nickels wrote:
> 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.

That's the same idea I thought of.  Drill a hole at the end of the 
supports (whatever they wind up being) and making a pair of diagonal 
cuts to the hole.


and letting the wire 'snap' into place, in the hole.

I'll probably get a 20' stick of 3/8" schedule 40 pvc

Thanks for the comments.

Driving your AM Rig without a scope, 
is like driving your car at night, without headlights. (K4KYV)

73 = Best Regards,

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