[amsat-bb] Re: Winterization project

Dale Hershberger daleh at alaska.net
Sun Sep 1 17:32:48 PDT 2013

Very interesting, Greg.....I was concerned about my vhf/uhf beams I want 
to put
up  before winter.  I used the red plastic tops of Boost Protein drink 
bottles and
they fit nice over the ends.

I broke a few of them but was able to cover all of the booms well.

I had the squirrel problem at the Sterling homestead a number of yrs

On 9/1/2013 2:51 PM, Greg D wrote:
> Hi all,
> As I reported on the 20m Amsat Net (14.282mhz Sundays 18:00z - 19:00z) 
> this morning, I noticed that my 2m antenna was listing slightly 
> down-hill.  Suspecting that the boom attachment screws had come loose, 
> my project for the day was to go up on the roof and align and tighten 
> them.
> The screws were a little loose.
> That's not why the antenna was drooping down.
> I discovered the real reason:  Acorns.
> Apparently the local squirrels have been preparing for winter, such as 
> it is around here, and had stuffed about a dozen plump acorns into the 
> open end of the antenna boom.  Besides their weight climbing out to 
> the end, there was also the remaining weight of the acorns.
> So, the antenna ends have been taped over, but that's not going to 
> prevent the squirrels from climbing out onto the antenna.
> Any suggestions on an effective squirrel deterrent?
> Greg  KO6TH
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