I finally finished refurbishing an old tower. I hired a tower expert to mount the antennas, yet while he was mounting my 5 element 6M log periodic, he bent one of the elements. At the time, I didn't notice what had happened. When he bent the element, he attempted to straighten it, but he was afraid to bend it back as it should be. As a result the element is still bent significantly. I only noticed it after he had mounted the rotatable dipole below and was climbing down.
The ground crew was a friend of mine and myself. We hoisted the antenna correctly as he requested. However, I did notice that the antenna was backward from the way it was needed to go easily on the mast. I suggested that the antenna be lowered and reconfigured, but the tower guy said since the antenna was small, he could flip it and from where he was on the tower. He did and that was apparently the moment when the element was bent. Again, myself and my friend on the ground did not notice that had happened.
After the tower guy climbed down, I expressed to him that I was concerned that the antenna might not radiate as it supposed to questioned him about how the SWR would be effected. He assured me that neither of those concerns were anything to worry about and the antenna was OK to use.
Am I correct for being concerned, or is that just one of those things that happens? Will the antenna now be compromised?
Thanks for you feedback.