Making Wire Antenna Insulators

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by KC8VWM, Oct 31, 2017.

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  1. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Go ahead and try to pull a 1/2" wide zip tie apart with your bare hands. (Tiny bit of
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  2. AK5B

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    Great selling point, Charles---let's bring this up at our next board meeting. Do you realize that three cents is one-sixteenth the going rate in 1966 , too?


    Veep Jeff
  3. KC8VWM

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    Ah yes... 1966.


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  4. AK5B

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    Allied, Heath and Lafayette were our HRO, DXE and Gigaparts back in those good ol' days weren't they?

    How time flies.
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  5. WA7PRC

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    No need. Most are deteriorated by UV.

  6. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I worked in two mom-and-pop ham radio & electronic parts stores. Low pay but, fun & edumacational. :)
  7. WB2WIK

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    We had all those, but also Harrison Radio, Barry's, Federated, Trevose Hamtronics, Gem Electronics, Atkinson & Smith and so many others.

    We had "Disco" about a mile from where I grew up; didn't sell ham gear, but sold everything related to it (coax, connectors, J-38 keys, lots of stuff -- all military surplus) and it was a treasure trove. I used to buy NOS mil-spec RG-8A/U for $0.10/foot and they had miles of it, I can't imagine they ever sold it all. 300 Ohm heavy-duty twin lead was $3 for 100 feet. Amphenol 83-1SP PL-259s were $0.45.

    I'd travel up north into NY state and there was Adirondack Radio and lots of others...the Rochester, NY airport had a ham store inside the airport! That's probably a Starbucks now.

    I do sometimes miss "the old days." They weren't better days, but hams had so many more choices and usually some very local ones.
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  8. WR2E

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    You betcha. Paul was a great guy, I didn't know Smitty that well but he was a good guy too. The "upstairs" was awesome. An indoor swapmeet, boxes and boxes and shelves of part and stuff. I was in there several times a week.

    Sad day when they closed up.
  9. KC8VWM

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    I don't know any SOTA or QRP guys who have their ultra lightweight portable antennas permanently deployed for 17,520 hours in the sun.

    Portable antennas are usually stored inside a backpack until needed. Probably deployed and exposed to UV for 100-200 hours a year tops.

    However, if one does break after 17,520 hours of portable operating time due to UV exposure, then I would have to say I probably got my 3 cents worth.
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  10. WA7PRC

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    Good for you. :p
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