Dave Mayfield W9WRL
wrl at gwltd.com
Sun Oct 18 08:16:11 EDT 2009
I buy a product that is sold at a local mobile home supply store. It's
the same thing as coax seal. It comes in a 1 inch by 25ft long roll.
$16.00, it's also a little thicker than coax seal. Works very well.
Jim Whiteley wrote:
> 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 -----
>> 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
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