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Author Topic: Splicing Wire on a Wire Dipole Antenna  (Read 476 times)
K5RFF
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« on: January 06, 2008, 08:43:11 PM »

What is a good detail to splice wire on a wire dipole antenna?  Wire nuts?  Terminal strips?  Probably not because I hang weights on the ends of the wires with a pulley system.

I want to play with extending the length of each wire dipole side, and I want to "jump" the existing traps I have on the ends.  I want to keep the traps on just for convenience.

FYI, I use a NyeViking Antenna matchbox when I operate.

I would appreciate experience and ideas.

Thanks.

73, de K5RFF Ray

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N3BIF
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2008, 09:44:44 PM »

 If its quick experimenting I will often tie the wire together with two bowline knots ( one looped through the other) this is a quick strain relief and then wire nuts to make the connection. This allows for quick connect and disconnect and the joint will never come apart unless the wirebreaks. The wire nuts provide a clean and insulated conection and soldering is not required. The whole hook up takes only seconds to do and undo with no harm to materials.
   If I like the antenna results I will then make a cleaner build.
   
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W3LK
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2008, 06:54:13 AM »

Do a Google search on "western union splice".

This is the strongest way to splice a wire.

Wire nuts are asking for trouble in an exposed installation.

73,

Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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K8GU
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2008, 09:02:01 AM »

W3LK took the words out of my mouth...a Western Union splice is the way to do it.
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W0GSQ
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008, 10:57:46 AM »

I use split bolt connectors that can be found at Ace hardware or big box stores. The commercial name is Burndy Servit. Have used and reused them for close to 30 years with good results.
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