[AMRadio] antennas

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Sat Oct 17 17:12:49 EDT 2009

Hi Paul,

Tacky tape is almost like Coax Seal in appearance and consistency.  The 
stuff I have is 1/2" wide and probably near 1/16" thick.  I found this 
by accident as well and did a search for it based on the name on the 
cardboard roller at the center of the roll.  Here is the website for it 
so you can read it.


It is made by a company called Schnee-Morehead and works well.  They 
sell stuff to  the military and other companies like one would expect, 
but I didn't delve into the differences of the various types.  After 
finding it for sale in several places, I checked prices and being a 
notoriously cheap ham found it less expensive so I thought I would pass 
the information along.

Given it appears that it is going to be a long winter, I felt it best to 
do things now while it is very nice, even by Oklahoma standards.



----- Original Message ----- 

> Jim,
> You've done well to get to your antenna maintenance before it's so 
> cold the soldering gun won't even work (has felt like that anyway).
> I googled the "Tacky Tape" to see if it's the same stuff I'm thinking 
> about, and nothing came up to match what I also will pass along --
> "Rescue Tape" is one brand of some self-fusing tape that you can wrap 
> connections with and it cuts off cleanly, as opposed to Coax-Seal and 
> other variants of sealant.
> This stuff, and there are websites describing it fully, stretches 
> significantly to apply layer pressure on the wrap, and then it fuses 
> to itself like a self-vulcanizing patch.
> I originally got onto it when I found a case of it at a state surplus 
> warehouse. Military nomenclature, and it had a taper to it where the 
> center thickness was perhaps twice that of the edges, so it would 
> feather along nicely and not bunch up.
> Excellent dielectric too, and apparently they've improved it today 
> from the early stuff.  The directions back then said to wrap it with 
> conventinal electrical tape to prevent UV deterioration, but now I see 
> it has inhibitors built-in.
> Don't know about a cost comparison, but anything that's watertight, 
> physically strong, and non-corrosive (unlike silicon seal) is worth it 
> to me.
> Best wishes
> Paul

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