I am always playing with antennas, and I really love wire antennas, but lately, my method has become a pain in the ass to do as I am disabled now. so I was told that there is a rope product that for all intent and purpose is Dacron with woven metallic fibers to be used as the antenna, but my search for it comes up short. i think I saw it on one of my searches, but kids, distractions, and closing of tabs, I lost where I may have seen it.
So if anyone knows of this stuff please let me know.
Probably one of the horse fence conductive tapes.
I wouldn't recommend the stainless steel versions.
"HOT ROPE" Antenna wire - Tinned copper braid(90+%) over Dacron™ UV resistant rope. Break strength 475lb. OD 0.1875" See details in "What's New" $0.74 per foot
Here is what I have found! Search term of Hot Rope antenna wire.
That's something new. I wonder how lossy it gets when the strands lose conductivity to adjacent strands after exposure to the weather. That's what happens to coax braid when its cover is removed.
Originally Posted by KF6NFW
I dont know, but am going to find out as i dont have a choice.
Originally Posted by K4SAV
My property owner has no issue with the antennas, his issue is with visibility. I can place the dual band 2/70 at the top but that's all he wants to see. So after measuring and remeasuring, and remeasuring again to be sure, I found my yard is 68 feet long , and 42 feet wide, house sits into the yard by 22 feet narrowing the 68 foot length to 20 feet. this all creates a rather large L shape, and the kick in the face are power lines. I honestly have no where to put an antenna properly in regards to height and nearby HV lines, tht criss-cross the front of the yard, so I have to be sure everything stays under it. hence the design for the inverted V in th eyard. Then add children to the mix. My youngest loves my radios and cables including antennas, especially the wire ones, so I find kinks often in the copper.
Now after finding the Hot rope, i thought it an excellent idea for our go bag, so I am going to put it to the test with 1 full year in the weather, with average use as I would any other, I only have 100 watts, so thats all will be going into it, but it will be fed with Ladder line, so I dont have to keep making dipoles, just cut for 40 meters CW, and use tuner for the rest up to 10 meters.
My intent is to basically be brutal on the antenna itself physically. I want to drag it on the ground, through it over a tree branch and snap it back in hopes of no snagging. I will soak the hell out of this and do tensile strength pulls on it. I will use it to climb a small wall, but enough to put this 200 and odd pounds person on it, and see how it does, will it snap? I hope not, cause the wall is also 40 feet, but will have a harness.
After 1 year, I will take and do analysis of the rope and such and see how it does. I am hoping that nothing has changed, but I also know that over time conductors do change resistance. It is also my understanding that this is being used actively in some of our military active zones, unknown to truth on this though, but have no reason to doubt my source either.
Just think, if this works, what will the price go up to, and how popular will this become? Will this become the next best friend to digi modes in a bag for ARES groups? Who knows.
I will post my results as we go here, now I have to order it.