THE ARMSTRONG ROTOR:
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Rotating the Spiderbeam by Hand:
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The Spiderbeam, in combination with a Spiderbeam Aluminum Mast and matching Aluminum Tripod is a very lightweight antenna system and easily turned by hand "if" you do the following THREE things:
- Set the base of the mast on a base plate such as the Spiderbeam Baseplate.
- Use the Spiderbeam Guy Plate Set which enables rotating the entire mast.
- Tie a thin rope near the end of one of the spreaders and droop it to the ground.
- The rope should be about 5m (17 ft.) longer than the height of the antenna.
- I used thin, 3/32" Dacron for this purpose.
- Some people prefer tying the rope to the director side of the beam, I prefer tying it to the reflector side of the beam. It makes no difference. (Remember, the Balun is mounted on the director side of the Mast).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:
- Grasp the rope in your hand and walk around the antenna.
- You will find you can pull (rotate) the antenna very easily.
- When the antenna is pointing in the direction you want, tie the rope to a tree, fence post, or whatever is available.
- If nothing is available, put a stake in the ground at that point and tie it to the stake.
LUBRICATING THE ARMSTRONG ROTOR:
Here in Germany, we usually lubricate the rotor with FREE BEER.
This makes it easy to find volunteers to be the Armstrong Rotor at Field Day.
[Note: you will need more than one.]
I have heard the French use Red Wine and the Italians use White Wine, but I have not tried these lubricants on the Armstrong Rotor yet. Do your own due dilligence.
We found it is best to replace the Rotor after 3 or 4 beers.
Your mileage may vary.
REFURBISHING THE ARMSTRONG ROTOR:
A solid meal and a good night's sleep will enable you to re-use the old Armstrong Rotor the next day.
CAUTION! DO NOT GET CAUGHT 'DOPING' YOUR ARMSTRONG ROTOR!