[amsat-bb] Re: Winterization project

R.T.Liddy k8bl at ameritech.net
Sun Sep 1 19:39:23 PDT 2013

Greg, et al.......
You think you have acorn problems?  Check THIS out:
73,    Bob K8BL  
 (AMSAT Mbr since 1979)

From: Greg D <ko6th.greg at gmail.com>
To: Amsat BB <AMSAT-BB at amsat.org> 
Sent: Sunday, September 1, 2013 5:51 PM
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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