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Re: Antenna Boom, is 7' fiberglass the standard?



Ronald K. Long wrote:
> 
> At 02:55 PM 10/25/98 -0800, you wrote:
> >I need a boom for 2 meter and 70 cm beams.  Is a "Fiberglass 7' boom" the
> >standard.  Suggestions on where to get one?
> >
> Richard,
> 
> My suggestion is:
> 
>   AIN Plastics
>   11045 Forest Place
>   Santa Fe Springs, CA 95054.  800-882-2246 (Los Angeles area).
> 
> This company has locations throughout the country. I just listed this one.
> The invoice lists also Santa Clara, CA 800-882-4246.
> 
> The item is 1.5 inch diameter EXTREN rod. This is a SOLID fiberglass rod.
> It is available in lengths up to 20 ft, with a 10 ft minimum, and when I
> bought a couple of years ago the price was $4.84 per foot. UPS would only
> ship 9 ft, and I wanted 8 ft., so they had to cut off 2 ft from the 10 ft
> minimum, but they will ship you the stub if you wish. It is worth asking
> about current UPS policy.
> 
> There was some discussion once about whether you should protect the rod
> from UV damage. I have not noticed any problem after a number of years
> without any treatment. Suggestions included some kind of paint or black
> tape. One caution. I opened the package, admired the beauty of the rod, and
> proceeded to wrap my hand around the rod and 'stroke' it. Big mistake. Lots
> of fine glass particles.
> 
> ron long w8gus.
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Hi I use 1 1/4" wood dowel inside black PVC pipe... works great has good
flexing capacity and is CHEAP!!!... 73 de Jordan...
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