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Author Topic: rain/dust cover or boot for homebrew screwdriver?  (Read 2321 times)
KC8MWG
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« on: November 12, 2017, 09:17:01 AM »

I am now the happy owner of a homebrew screwdriver antenna. I want to use it mobile, on a hitch mount, but there is one snag: I need a boot or cover to keep road grunge and rain/snow out of it (we get a lot of both in the winter time). The coil extends out 20" from the outer tube, and the lower end of the boot or cover would have to be about 3 inches in diameter to go over the retaining ring that holds the finger stock contacts in place. Shock absorber boots are too small in diameter, and I have been having difficulty finding hydraulic cylinder boots the right size as well (plus, those tend to be a bit pricey). Can someone please help me out here?
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KK4BIL
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 10:37:42 AM »

How about fork covers for dirt bikes?
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KC8MWG
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 10:43:02 AM »

How about fork covers for dirt bikes?
Again, haven't managed to find one the right size.
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KF4ZGZ
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2017, 02:56:17 AM »

Hey Richard!
I was thinking about you a few days ago when I ran across this ......

https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=23401

This is an option.


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NA4IT
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 03:21:55 AM »

I made one out of 3" thin wall PVC pipe and two flat end caps from Lowes.
See http://www.qsl.net/na4it/hfmobile/hfmobile.html and scroll down until you see the white PVC cover.
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 04:40:22 PM »

Try looking for replacement boots for automotive shock absorbers.
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AE5GT
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 07:19:56 PM »

Office chair cylinder cover, or if dirt cheap is the name of the game , coke /water bottle or a possibly and old plastic caulk tube. Paint them for UV stability..
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