Re: Max-Gain Fiberglass spreaders
What were the lengths of the 3/4 and 1/2 inch material?
Did it bend well?
--- In email@example.com, "wa2aae" <wa2aae@y...> wrote:
> I went with Max-Gain also and used 6 3/4 tubes and 6 1/2 rods.
> a sturdy antenna.
> -- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dsimmons1999" <dsimmons@m...>
> > Adding to the spreader discussion, I just received an order from
> > Gain (http://www.mgs4u.com/fiberg.htm) for the spreaders on my
> > homebrew hex-beam.
> > I ordered the following 8' pieces:
> > QTY Size Type
> > --- ---- ----
> > 3 3/4" tube
> > 3 1/2" tube
> > 3 1/4" solid rod
> > Since UPS cost for 8' packages is really expensive, Max-Gain will
> > the 3 pieces in half and then you have 6 of everything, avoiding
> > shipping surcharge. Be sure to ask them to sleve the tubes
> > cutting; that way you pay for 3 cuts instead of 9. The whole set
> > a bit over $70 shipped to the west coast.
> > The material seems pretty strong. These are definitely heavier
> > fishing pole blanks and should be more durable.
> > The only thing I'm concerned about is that the 1/4" rod is much
> > flexible than the larger tubes. If I pull up on the tip of a
> > assembly, the end thinnest piece does almost all the flexing,
> > is totally understandable. I'm planning on using a few spacers
> > the tubes are pointing up slightly and this should put the
> > in about the right place for the wire junctions on the higher
> > frequency bands. In other words, I'm still sorting out the
> > and base mounting.
> > Allen Bond at Max-Gain mentioned that he gets about a call per
> > asking about hex-beam spreaders and thinks this would be the best
> > setup.
> > - Dave
> > KQ6RL
> > Usual disclaimers: no relationship with Max-Gain, just a
- The lengths I used for the spreaders were a 8 ft length of 3/4"
tubing and a 3 ft length of 1/2" rod. I allowed one foot of the rod
to be inserted into the tube, giving a spreader length of 10'. I slit
the end of the 3/4" tubing for about one inch to allow a hose clamp
to lock the 1/2" rod in place. The fiberglass bent without any
--- In email@example.com, "lengail2" <lengail@e...> wrote:
> What were the lengths of the 3/4 and 1/2 inch material?
> Did it bend well?
> Len K6LRF
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "wa2aae" <wa2aae@y...> wrote:
> > I went with Max-Gain also and used 6 3/4 tubes and 6 1/2 rods.
> > a sturdy antenna.
> > Harvey.........WA2AAE