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It's been very windy the last couple of days here in San Jose. As a result, I keep getting dropouts on my OTA channels. When I went outside to look at my antenna, I noticed the wind shakes it quite a bit. As of now, I only have the mast mounted onto a tripod.


Will mounting guy wires hold it in place better? Is there an easy way to install these. I noticed that my mast has a guy wire plate built in already. I just returned from Fry's with the wire, screws, clamps, and the turnbuckles. Am I missing anything? What do I use to wind the wire tight around itself? Pliers?


Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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I used three wires spread pretty wide. Sounds like you have everything. I suggest using a rubber or plastic coated wire to keep down the corrosion. If you are securing the wires to the roof don't forget some silicone or other roofing caulk to seal up the holes. Do you have a rotator?
 

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Guy wire clamps are usually used to secure the wire to itself after routing it through the eyeloops, but for a simple tripod, pliares and twisting should work ok. If you do opt for the clamps, they look like little miniature u-clamps.
 

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Frys will have the hardware you need for that. Tightening is done with

a tensioner, a device that has two screws at either end. IMHO you need

to get some bit of standing tension on the wires to keep them from

whipping around in the wind.


Concentrate on getting a 120 degree spread. I noticed when I put mine in

that a lot of folks had masts mounted on one chimmney or another, which,

being at the edge of the roof, didn't allow 120 degree guy wires. So

mostly people fudge it. THe result is the mast being bent back away

from the unguyed area.


Finally, I would not put any holes in the roof you don't have to. I installed

my own roof and I learned a fundamental fact in all that. Roofing sealant

does not stop leaks for more than a few years at best. A roof has several

layers of protection in it, and you are punching your way though all of

them with eye bolts. I was able to find eve mount points for all of the

wires.
 

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Thanks for all the info guys. It turned out to be pretty easy with the exception of the hard callouses on my hands from twisting the wire. I drilled through the roof where it overhangs so I don't have to worry about leaks. I've already noticed quite a bit of difference.



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