[AMRadio] Seeking advice on "wires in trees"

Edward Swynar gswynar at durham.net
Tue Apr 28 16:57:16 EDT 2009

Hi John,

Are the bases of your trees located in dense undergrowth / bush...? If not,
then read on...

Procure a decent fishing pole / spincast reel (you probably already own one
anyway, or know someone who does). Next, tie a good weight to the end of the
line (I've used discarded automobile manual window crank handles with
success --- they're about the right weight, & the chrome-finished ones are
easy to find).

Now, either you, or your fishing buddy, cast the weight up & over your
"selected & ideal" tree limb. It'll doubtlessly take you a half dozen tries,
or more, but that's OK. Once there, remove the weight, & tie some thin
polypropylene packaging "twine" / utility rope to it, and start reeling the
line in with the reel. Once across the tree limb & over to the other side of
the tree that way, you are free to secure your final / permanent antenna
support rope to the twine, pulling IT up over the limb now, by re-winding
the utility rope.


No need of any proverbial "...springs, pulleys, or rubber suction devices"

Two final hints:

(1) NEVER use polypropylene rope for the permanent support: the sun;'s UV
rays will turn it to dust (literally) in about 2-3 years. Use NYLON / marine
rope, instead.

(2) If you're casting over underbrush, use a 9-volt battery taped to an old
automobile warning buzzer as your weight: its buzzing drone will alert you
as to its landing spot almost immediatetly in ANY thicket, & you'll save
yourself LOTS of time, looking for cast lines, weights, etc. etc.

Good luck! This is at LEAST half the fun of "raising" wire antennas, believe
it, or not...!

~73~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ


----- Original Message -----
From: "John, K5SEE" <john at k5see.com>
To: <nars at mailman.qth.net>; <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 4:16 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] Seeking advice on "wires in trees"

> I am going to need to have some tree work done before long.? At the
present time, my antennas are held up in lower limbs by cords I have gotten
over limbs by various methods.? I keep looking up higher at the tall pines
and wondering if I could employ a tree climber to mount some kind of
"permanent" support such as a pulley near the top.
> Would like to receive suggestions from folks that have done this and
achieved relative permanence for antenna supports.? Thanks for your
> 73 de John, K5SEE
> "When CW is no longer required, it will be a necessity." de K5SEE
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