Homebrew Spiderbeam, not using the commercial kit...

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by AE7F, Jan 4, 2012.

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  1. AE7F

    AE7F Ham Member QRZ Page

    Never heard of it prior to your post but it would definitely help.
  2. AE7F

    AE7F Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hate to be off the air but it's time to do some improvements to the beam.

    I removed it from the rotator and the beam is now at 10ft, which is a workable height. I will do several things, such as painting the PVC/fiberglass (provide some UV protection) and retensioning elements and support guys.

    I'm going to put some more bend in the spreader assemblies. After I do that, I will retension all of the wire elements. Of course I will also play with fine tuning again, as 21mhz is a little high on SWR.

    It's been a good antenna. It's been in the air around 4 months now.
  3. AE7F

    AE7F Ham Member QRZ Page

    Found out what my tensioning problem was: the end segments of the crappie poles had collapsed inside the larger segment. This only happened on the ends. If I glue/clamp/pin, it should solve the tensioning problem and I probably won't use the bungee cord.

    Also, the plastic mil spec zip ties break easily after only 4 months....
  4. AE7F

    AE7F Ham Member QRZ Page

    Raised the beam up from 15ft to 25ft and it seems to have made a world of difference...
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