I enjoyed your video. I put mine up a year ago and then my mast broke several weeks ago. I have a lawn service so I couldn't leave the antenna sitting on the grass while I decided what to do about the mast so I disassembled the antenna and put the parts in the basement. Then about 10 days later I put it back together and back up in the air.
When I disassembled it I did not remove the wire elements from the center pole. I coiled them up with twist ties. So I had the center hub with the center pole and the coiled up elements as one unit.
I have no trouble with the element connections because of a trick that I think is in the instructions. Loosen the insulator hose clamps and slide them down the pole about 6 inches. It makes one person assembly much easier and the clamps slide back up the pole quite easily. The poles have marks on them so that the clamps can be quickly returned to their correct positions.
I do have trouble doing the final support line connection. Two people would make that easier.
The Traffie 5 band is an excellent antenna. It survived a ground impact without a scratch.
--- In email@example.com, Weymouth Walker <weymouth01@...> wrote:
> I've had several inquires lately concerning my Hex-Beam ...
> I finally decided to make a YouTube video of the assembly
> process which took place in April of 2008 ...
> I managed all but one step without help ... I had to have
> my XYL pull on one of the tension lines while I made the
> final element connection ...
> I walked the antenna around to the rear of my house and
> slid it up the stairs to the deck railing, and then mounted
> it on top of a push-up pole using a light-duty rotator ... it
> weighs about 20 pounds and has a 9.5-foot turning radius ...
> The push-up pole and rotator have since been replaced
> with a Mil-Surplus telescoping mast and Ham-II rotator ...
> The entire assembly took about 2.5 hours ...
> Info on Traffie Hex-Beams can be found here:
> No connection to Mike Traffie except that I own one of his
> antennas and like it a lot ...
> 73, Weymouth (Wey) Walker ...
> Metro Atlanta, GA