[AMRadio] antennas

Edward Swynar gswynar at durham.net
Sun Oct 18 08:26:49 EDT 2009

Hi Guys,

Contrary to "...tribal knowledge", I insist that clear silicone
sealant---G.E. brand, whatever---still can't be beat on applications that
are out-of-doors & in the open...!

I smear it all over my PL-259 connectors---and then some---that I use to
hook-up my feeders to the bases / tuning networks of my extended inverted
"L" arrays for 160-meters here: in the open air, there are no noxious /
corrosive fumes to contend with...

In the Spring, when it's time to roll-up the radials & store away the tuning
networks, I simply get an X-acto knife & make a slit into the silicone the
length of the connector, then peel the whole thing off in one piece.

It's cheap, effective, and never allows water entry into the "works"---even
when buried for (literally) months at a time under a foot & more of snow!

I concur, however, with the "dangerous" potential side-effects of
silicone...case in point: one Field Day, many moons ago, I used silicone as
an adhesive to anchor a small air-variable capacitor down securely  inside a
Tupperware enclosure, used to tune a delta loop on 40. It was a dewey damp
Sunday morning when we opened-up the Tupperware lid to se why the tuning of
our antenna had gone awry...to our surprise, the rotor blades of the
capacitor were completely coated in rust!

Our only conclusion was that the noxious, vinegar-like smell of the
silicone, in a sealed environment, had somehow "attacked" the steel
capacitor, & aged it by a quantum leap!

Used outdoors & in the open, however, I've never had that problem...

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ


----- Original Message -----
From: "BILL GUYGER" <bguyger at sbcglobal.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:18 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] antennas

> I missed the original post, but this thread seems to be about sealing coax
connectors. I have started using 3M Scotchfil which is an electrical
insulating "putty" that comes in 1" wide rolls. It's the same stuff that
Andrew sells as "Vaporwrap" except that instead of being in sheet form it is
1" tape as noted.
> Scotchfil is available from any electrical supply and I think Home Depot
carries it too. These putty style tapes and sheets flow under pressure to
fill all gaps and really work well. They of course require plastic
electrical tape to be applied over them to apply that pressure, and the
trick is to apply a layer of the electrical tape directly to the connector
before putting the Scotchfil or Vaporwrap on. This keeps the gooie tape from
oozing into the threads which makes things easier when you have to remove
the connector.
> Bill AD5OL
> ________________________________
> From: Jim Wilhite <w5jo at brightok.net>
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2009 4:12:49 PM
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] antennas
> 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/
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