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Arrow Antenna Mod - Ergonomics

Clint Bradford
 
Edited

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: 

http://www.k6lcs.com/k6lcs/Photos/Pages/Arrow_Mod.html

Just from personal use, I knew it was much more comfortable and natural to 
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?" Nope. 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 ...

Clint

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)

AF7ZA
 

Thanks for the information Clint. However, I was looking at the Elk Ant. & Kenwood setup picture from Monday and wondering if there was a handle Mod. for that too
Bill AF7ZA

On Jun 26, 2018, at 8:53 21AM, Clint Bradford <clintbradford@...> wrote:

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: 

http://www.k6lcs.com/k6lcs/Photos/Pages/Arrow_Mod.html

Just from personal use, I knew it was much more comfortable and natural to 
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?" Nope. 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 ...

Clint

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)
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Clint Bradford
 

The Elk is fun in that you can use PVC pipe to fabricate a "handle."

For right now, I am just using an HT holder right at the rubber grip.

Clint

Jer W
 

Clint, 
 Great idea for the handle. Going to use it on my home brew 2M/440 antenna.
Thanks.

Jerry...W8RQM



On Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 11:53 AM, Clint Bradford
<clintbradford@...> wrote:
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: 

http://www.k6lcs.com/k6lcs/Photos/Pages/Arrow_Mod.html

Just from personal use, I knew it was much more comfortable and natural to 
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?" Nope. 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 ...

Clint

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)

Brad Smith
 

Clint, where do you get an HT holder? I would like to mount my D72 on my Arrow.

KC9UQR 

Sent from Brad’s iPad

On Jun 26, 2018, at 1:04 PM, Clint Bradford <clintbradford@...> wrote:

The Elk is fun in that you can use PVC pipe to fabricate a "handle."

For right now, I am just using an HT holder right at the rubber grip.

Clint
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Clint Bradford
 

Check out this easy project ...

http://www.k6lcs.com/k6lcs/Photos/Pages/Arrow_Mod.html

... or one could use that Lido rail mount and HT holder - as seen on the Elk photo I posted.

BUT the beauty of the “tray” one I built is that his acts as a centering, counterweight to the antenna!

Clint Bradford
 
Edited

The Lido handlebar mount ...

http://m.lidomounts.com/hamradiomounts/Ham-radio-bicycle-mount.html

That mount uses your belt clip to secure the HT to the mount. I opted to add the adjustable “squeeze” holder.

These were available at HRO-Anaheim, too.

Scosche also makes an appropriate mount for us ...

https://www.scosche.com/handleittm

Clint

Clint Bradford
 

If you ever need a mounting system for car or motorcycle, Ram Mounting Systems is about as good as they get.

https://www.rammount.com/

Carlos Antuna
 

Thank you very much Clint.
Blessings,
73
C.

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 12:53:55 AM PDT, Clint Bradford <clintbradford@...> wrote:


The Lido handlebar mount ...

http://m.lidomounts.com/hamradiomounts/Ham-radio-bicycle-mount.html

That mount uses your belt clip to secure the HT to the mount. I opted to add the adjustable “squeeze” holder.

These were available at HRO-Anaheim, too.

Clint