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Author Topic: AEA Isopole 144  (Read 1102 times)
W7WLL
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« on: November 23, 2017, 02:05:29 PM »

Looking for any information on how to repair the top section of this antenna. The ceramic or plastic compound that holds the base sleeve (with 3 screws) to the vertical upper element broke. This is a circa 1980's antenna.
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KC9NVP
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2017, 03:25:39 PM »

I see two options:

1) Have you tried to contact the company to see if you could purchase a replacement?

2) If plastic, there are epoxy designed for repair of this material.  If that does not work, I would try some PVC which you can get as trim material to replace wood.  Depending on your hand skills for working with hand/power tools, another option would be to look in the replacement window section of home improvement stores for sheet plastic which can be cut and glued up to make a new insulator.



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KB2FCV
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 05:12:01 AM »

If it's plastic maybe it is possible to design/3d print up a new piece?

I found this site... they appear to be making isopoles.. maybe you could try them?
https://www.isopole.com/

I had a 144 AEA Isopole years ago when I was still living w/ my parents.. nice antenna. I think it's still lurking around somewhere in their basement or mine.
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2017, 11:16:45 AM »

If you can't get a replacement part from isopole.com then you may be able to epoxy it back together,
depending on how it has broken.  There is some type of coil in that section of the antenna for impedance
matching, but I've never taken mine apart to look at how to repair it.
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K4JJL
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 06:36:20 AM »

1) Have you tried to contact the company to see if you could purchase a replacement?

AEA has been gone for 20 years.  I think Timewave bought them, but dropped the antenna line.  They wanted the DSP and packet-racket technology.
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