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Author Topic: What rope to use and where to get it ?  (Read 2341 times)
KB2HUK
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« on: July 14, 2010, 01:15:20 PM »

Hello All and thanks for answering my previous question .  I now need some good strong antenna rope to hang a 265 foot antenna I get strong winds and severe winter storms I need at least 2or 300 feetof something that will have long life  and of course I am looking for a deal ( being hams that should be a given )    Cheesy  thanks for your help .  John kb2huk
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N4NYY
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010, 01:21:49 PM »

Dacron. Google it. I have not seen it at Home Depot or Lowes.
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KE4JOY
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2010, 02:58:45 PM »

Two things to consider

1.) have some way to put 'slack' in it when not in use espically for those windy days.

2.) If you do like I do and put the ropes over tree branches make sure to adjust the ropes periodically or else one of two things will happen. The tree will grow into it and capture it or it will saw in half.
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K1OC
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2010, 03:01:11 PM »

I have had good luck with 3/16th-inch black Dacron polyester (770 lbs test) from Radio Oasis http://www.radio-oasis.com/Synthetictextiles.html.

73,
Tony
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K4DPK
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010, 05:28:13 PM »

There is a thread entitled "Polyester Rope" on the Elmers Forum.  You should read it.

Phil C. Sr.
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KI4SDY
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2010, 11:07:06 PM »

If you are not near a full service ham radio shop that carries black Dacron rope, you can get it at Ace Hardware. If they don't have it in stock, they can order it for you. It will only take a few days. Grin
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NW0M
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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2010, 05:28:39 AM »

I ordered from thewireman.com some 3/16 black dacron that is excellent.  They charged 11 cents per foot.
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K9YLI
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2010, 06:22:36 AM »

 I have a  160  meter    230 foot   g5rv  with about   350 feet between towers.

supported by  15 year old  clothesline rope. the plastic coverd  cloth center  type.   not wire center type.

I have used it for guy ropes on  end poles also for many years.
The sun does not seem to rot it and  although it cracks, it is still up in the air.

It can be bought in 100 foot hanks if you look .. most stores only carry  50 foot.
but  lowes or hme depot or  ace  do carry  100 foot hanks..
pulleys on each end. 100 foot allows you to lower antenna all the way to the ground,

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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2010, 06:47:17 AM »

Hello All and thanks for answering my previous question .  I now need some good strong antenna rope to hang a 265 foot antenna I get strong winds and severe winter storms I need at least 2or 300 feetof something that will have long life  and of course I am looking for a deal ( being hams that should be a given )    Cheesy  thanks for your help .  John kb2huk

Good nylon rope will last many years. That's all I use here in the hot Georgia sun. Be SURE you buy good rope from a reputable supplier. Marine suppliers are best. I use Nylon Netting Company for my rope. Many of my nylon ropes, and I have many thousands of feet in the air, have been up for 10 years or loner with no sign of degradation.

Avoid polyethylene ropes unless they have UV inhibitors. They generally won't last unless special for sunlight exposure.
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2010, 07:16:34 AM »

Cabela's sells heavy duty mil-spec parachute cord for $7/100 feet or $60/1000 feet.  I use the regular Cabela's parachute cord at $40/1000 feet, but my spans are not as long as yours, and it's been up there for at least 10 years without any problems.  Here is the  link for the heavy duty parachute cord: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/product/standard-item.jsp?_DARGS=/cabelas/en/common/catalog/item-link.jsp_A&_DAV=MainCatcat21404-cat21410-cat21458&id=0030002517534a&navCount=3&podId=0030002&parentId=&masterpathid=&navAction=push&catalogCode=QL&rid=&parentType=&indexId=cat21458&hasJS=true
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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2010, 05:33:10 PM »

Read this thread:

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,69520.0.html
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2010, 05:16:41 PM »

hi,

guy here in NC sells 1,000 spools under $39

http://myworld.ebay.com/armynavyus/

73 james
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AH6RR
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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2010, 07:54:12 PM »

Also check Kite Supply outlets I got 1000' of 700lb black Dacron for $35 about a year ago.
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