I received inquiries over the weekend regarding the "pistol grip" I added to
my Arrow 147/437-10WBP satellite antenna. Those hand tool aficionados
out there recognize that handle as coming from a Stanley(tm) hacksaw ...
(grin) The mods (handle and a tray for holding an HT) are here:
Just from personal use, I knew it was much more comfortable
hold such a "tool" in that position. MUCH LESS STRESS
on the wrist. And
ergonomic tool studies back up that personal experience, too. Like this study ...https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/handtools/tooldesign.html
I know what you are thinking: "Hey, doesn't all that stuff negatively affect the performance of the antenna?
. I have spoken to those who manufacture
these antennas, and was told that that aluminum "tray" and just about anything else
we want to do on the handle end of the mast will NOT affect performance.
Turning the whole antenna 90 degrees either way is a snap - painless and
comfortable. Notice the "charity bracelet" around the HT? It keeps it in place
no matter how much you twist and turn.
So ... Next time you are at your local hardware store, take a look at the Arrow
Handles - er, I mean, pistol grips - on various small hand tools ...
PS BE CAREFUL, though, if you drill through your Arrow mast and you have the model with diplexer built into the handle! Avoid drilling through the diplexer! (grin)