rope to best suppport wire antenna?
Any suggestions re the best outdoor rope to be used to
support a wire antenna?
I have learned my lesson the hard way regarding white plastic
wire ties. UV is tough on white
plastics. So I am overly sensitive to white colored rope.
I have used cheap cotton rope for at least 7 years, and have had
no problem with that except for hungry squirrels.
Nylon rope has also held up successfully for me. No rodent problem.
My next run would be nylon.
Alfred Strom: I like the dark green dacron type sold at many
hamfests. Even the 1/8-inch variety lasts for years and stands
up to windstorms quite well.
Mine are supported by nylon rope. Nylon has nicely withstood many
Minnesota winters and our sometimess very hot summers without
The Dacron (polyester) is the best from a UV resistance standpoint
but Nylon will hold up fairly well and it has the advantage of
more stretch so it absorbs wind/tree swaying stress better.
Hear in Seattle, UV resistance is not a factor. I have one antenna
that is suspended by wire ties (these are notorious for giving
up due to UV damage) and it has been up for over three years.