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Old 24-02-2013, 15:02   #1
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Anybody have a source for good heavy duty ceramic antenna insulators?

I want to set up a backstay as an HF antenna and the insulators I mostly see are simply too small. I dont want egg inaulators... I want regular double ended insulators with ridges, and they need to be strong enough for 3/8" wire as a minimum. I used to have some great big unes about 10" long from a ships old MF station but I got rid of all that stuff when I lost interest in ham radio. So anybody know where to get these insulators cheap?
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Old 24-02-2013, 15:06   #2
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Re: Anybody have a source for good heavy duty ceramic antenna insulators?

Check FRYS.com! If you are an electronics geek, you would want to work there if not camp there. Frys is the Costco of electronics. Have fun! Mauritz
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Old 24-02-2013, 20:32   #3
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Re: Anybody have a source for good heavy duty ceramic antenna insulators?

Growley,
Assuming I'm understanding you correctly, you're looking for "real" rigging insulators for use on vessels and not radio tower insulators....

The ones I use, the ones I recommend, and the ones that every decent rigger recommends are all the same....
Hayn Hi-Mod Insulators...

Hi-MOD Fittings by Hayn Marine

Hayn Hi Mod Failsafe Insulator

Figure about $350 each for ones for 3/8" wire....


I hope this helps...

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Some boats have the simple and fail safe brown ceramic insulators used on utility poles. They work fine. The more modern way is to use a synthetic line for the backstay with a small wire inside.
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