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Old 16 May 2016, 14:59   #1
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Busted ariel

Evening all.

Last season I bust my antenna by leaving it up and towing it through a tree.

At the time I 'fixed' it with superglue and it lasted all season. First trip out his season it fell over again.
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I'm thinking repair rather than replace because it's all nicely and neatly wired in and I can't see any way of detaching the antenna from the end of the cable and attaching a new one, so I'm assuming the cable comes attached to the antenna?
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Looks familiar😉 you could always cut the cable by the aerial & fit a new one & joint the cable (properly!)


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Why not change to a Metz stainless aerial?
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you could always cut the cable by the aerial & fit a new one & joint the cable (properly!)
I'd need some lessons on what constitutes 'properly'. I was hoping to get away without having to compromise the integrity of the whole thing by introducing cable joins etc. If that's the route I go down then I may think about a different, less breakable type of aerial.
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If that's the route I go down then I may think about a different, less breakable type of aerial.
The type that you can drag through a hedge backwards?
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The type that you can drag through a hedge backwards?
Thats the puppy.
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Looks familiar😉 you could always cut the cable by the aerial & fit a new one & joint the cable (properly!)
Still get a 3dB loss with even a good join don't you? Best to replace.

I reckon you could repair that by slipping a couple of inches of plumbing pipe over that (whatever size the ID matches the OD best), sealing bottom and then filling the inside with epoxy resin and chopped up fibreglass. Perhaps wrapping some fibreglass tissue first depending how much space there is.

But if you need to buy stuff to do that - you'll probably be as well replacing it!
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More seriously, pulling a cable on a 6.1m Redbay Stormforce should be a piece of p1ss. Detach old cable at antenna, tape on new cable end and pull through with some detergent. If you're paranoid, pull a wee nylon cable first and use that as a fish.

Redbay use those antenna for a reason - the comms are good and they look the part. Few antennae will survive a close encounter with a tree!
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