SAL30 quick fix - durability
Mine has been up 6 yrs now. No wire breaks. 60 mph winds a few times. bottom is 4 ft off ground.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
My problems have included mowing over the RG6 which lays on the grass. Ive lifted it overhead during mowing season which solves that. Plus the short guy metal stakes which loosen and can pull out when we have major ground thaws, heavy rains and high winds. I check them periodically and hammer them back in the ground. And the couplers tend to walk a bit over time, as much as several inches. So I need to measure them and move them back into position once a season or so.
The F/B still runs up to 20 dB, and receiving is pretty quiet. In fact it is my de facto default rx antenna from broadcast up to 7 mhz because it matches or give me an extra 6 dB or so gain over my transmit antennas ( INV-L's for 160 and 80, plus a 2 el vert phased array for 40m.) Its best band might well be 40m, though I use it extensively on 160m, and some on 80, mostly for DXing.
My antenna site is not perfect, but with corners within 30 ft of the house, and 2' from 30 ft tall Norwegian Spruce trees that form a privacy wall between the neighbors garage apron/driveway and my backyard, but it seems to work quite well.
-----------------------------------------From: "RIchard Thorne"
Sent: Friday December 4 2020 12:32:29PM
Subject: Re: [sharedapexloop] SAL30 quick fix
I'd be curious to know the source of the wire. I just put up a
SAL and that 'may' be the weak point down the road.
I wouldn't mind having replacement wire in the inventory just in case.
I'm very impressed with the performance of the SAL-30. I have
not had many openings on 160 to check out but the front to back on
80m signals is amazing. Hopefully 160 will be in good shape this
Rich - N5ZC
On 12/4/2020 9:51 AM, Dale Parfitt wrote: