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True Ladder Line and Wire Antennas

Will your 16GA wire doublet hold up in the wind?

Posted by WB2JIX on

I'm still baffled by the emails I get from hams that see dozens and dozens of 5 star reviews on my products and still seem to focus their attention on the ONE 2 star review on 

Basically, KC9DX posted the only negative review and comment on the antenna. Now, I don't want to call him out for not knowing how to install a simple dipole however, we MUST use a bit of common sense when we install ANY dipole antenna.

Here's my response to someone that asked me the same question recently.

K9CDX posted that review how long ago? Over 6 years ago. I didn't have the business back then.

Even so, I emailed him a few times and offered to replace it for him and show him how to support a dipole properly. He never responded. He's one bad comment to many 5 star ones.

People see the drawings and diagrams in antenna books and figure they must have to stretch the flat top as tight as possible to achieve complete horizontal config and not think about the trees blowing around at all. There's nothing I can do about that.

Look at all the other reviews that explain how they hold up in wind, snow and ice etc.

My 160M doublet was supported on both ends at about 75' and I allowed the center to sag to about 35-40'. Nothing wrong with that at all.

If you support it properly with quality pulleys and a counterweight (not too heavy), you'll have no problem.

Heck, skip the pulleys altogether and leave some slack for tree movement. When I moved my 160M one to a new location, the weather was too lousy to screw around with pulleys and double lines. I just used the standard dacron line through tree branches with plenty of slack. It was "supposed" to last until springtime. It lasted about 5 years until I moved to Florida. Don't mess with success! The photos on the bottom were of my 80M doublet, same Vermont location.

When I get the time, I'll add ALL the great customer comments that come to me directly since many people don't post online.