On 3/13/2012 2:29 PM, K5RIX wrote:
Thanks! The R7 worked well for me and later for my mom. I had it up on
a ten-foot mast in Zion, IL. A nice op up in Kenosha, WI about twelve
or thirteen radio miles to the north also had an R7 up on his garage and
we could just about pin each other's S-meters on 40 with 100 watts. The
tornado storm caused a big tree to fall on one of the 3/16" Dacron guy
ropes and the antenna bowed severely, but I was able to fix it (the
insurance paid for a new one!).
At some time during one of several Navy moves the counterpoise spokes
and the x-hat rods were lost. I ordered replacements from MFJ and it
took them five months to get the parts to me. A local ham has advised
me to wipe the aluminum a few times per year with WD-40 against the
salty air here on the Gulf. One concern is the longevity of the
fiberglass base insulator in the South Texas sun, and I am contemplating
coating it with roof tar. Any suggestions along this line are most
Have you seen the product called "Rescue Tape"
Resisting salt water and UV rays are a couple of it's
characteristics. I bought some at a hamfest, but I saw it yesterday at
It doesn't leave any sticky residue when you remove it.
Here's the website.
I don't work for the company, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn.