[AMRadio] antennas


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.

Dave W9WRL.com

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.
>
> http://tacky-tape.com/
>
> 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.
>
> 73
>
> Jim/W5JO
>
>
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>
>
>
>   
>> 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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