[question] 2m & 6m separation distance

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by W2LMM, Aug 6, 2017.

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  1. WE4E

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    Visit your local fence company and get a 20' stick of chain link top rail pipe. 1-5/8" think wall. Not sure about anywhere else, but I buy it here for about $23. Makes great mast pipe and far better at supporting loads than EMT.
  2. N0YPD

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    Your proposed antenna set up looks ok to me. I would go with heavier pipe though. As long as your running good coax,and not really high power you should have no trouble.
  3. AJ5J

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    Home Depot and Lowes stock it, too.
  4. W2LMM

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    Thanks. I have LMR400flex there now. The sat antennas would likely use the surplus heliax I have on hand, or I may go with 400uF again as its worked well in the past. Power wouldn't be required for the satellite config, although I may add preamps, simply for terrestrial use should I decide to abandon the 7 element 2m yagi. When I originally had the sat station running, I was living near the coast, with a relatively flat and unobstructed view in most directions. I found I didn't need the preamps at all; in fact I could get into and hear FO29 very well when it was indicated a few degrees below the horizon to the south and sw.

    You know for the amount of time I spend in Lowes, I never noticed fence pipe. Granted, I'm usually in the electrical or tool sections. I bet it is in the less favored garden section.

    That's solid extruded galvanized steel?
  5. WB2WIK

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    I've never seen fencing "top rail" that's seamless. Usually it's swedged at one end so you can fit them together and you can't extrude something like that. I believe it's all rolled, but it is pretty strong stuff and stronger than EMT for this application.
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