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Squirrel Coax Damage

About 3 weeks ago I suddenly lost connectivity to my antennas. It is two separate antennas connected with the original Channel Master 7777 dual input preamplifier. My thinking was the amplifier failed so I picked up an RCA dual input and headed up to the roof to find a squirrel had chewed through my down feed at several locations. He also chewed through my rotor control cable.

I spent a couple hours replacing the coax and repairing the rotor cable and everything was good for two days till it appears he chewed through it again.

A Google search revealed this is something ham operators encounter semi-regularly as well. The resolution for most of them has been to encase the coax in PVC or conduit. Does anybody have any other suggestions?
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Fight the squirrel.
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If it's easily accessible, periodically spray or wipe the coax with ammonia.

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About 3 weeks ago I suddenly lost connectivity to my antennas. It is two separate antennas connected with the original Channel Master 7777 dual input preamplifier. My thinking was the amplifier failed so I picked up an RCA dual input and headed up to the roof to find a squirrel had chewed through my down feed at several locations. He also chewed through my rotor control cable.

I spent a couple hours replacing the coax and repairing the rotor cable and everything was good for two days till it appears he chewed through it again.

A Google search revealed this is something ham operators encounter semi-regularly as well. The resolution for most of them has been to encase the coax in PVC or conduit. Does anybody have any other suggestions?
I'd do the PVC, in neighborhoods that had/have any type of cables running from poles, squirrels will go for anything they can sink there teeth into (no pun attended).

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