[amsat-bb] Re: Winterization project

Jeff Griffin kb2m at comcast.net
Sun Sep 1 17:41:03 PDT 2013

A 12 gauge full choke shotgun ?


73 Jeff kb2m


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Behalf Of Greg D
Sent: Sunday, September 1, 2013 6:52 PM
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Subject: [amsat-bb] Winterization project


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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