Tips for Working with Mini-Poles
The two Spiderbeam Mini-Poles have several thin segments near the top. Mounting the feedpoint (balun) of a dipole is slightly different since there is no clamp between the pole segments.
The following shows one way to easily attach the feedpoint of antennas such as Spiderbeam's Aerial-51 Models 404-UL or 807-L.
[Note: The Model 807-HD is too heavy for use with these Mini-Spiderpoles]
STEP ONE: Prepare the Attachment Rope
Spiderbeam's 2mm Kevlar Guy Rope is excellent for this, but its 1mm Kevelar Guy Rope may also be used.
Both are strong enough.
- Prpare a long loop as shown in 1A. Don't forget to prepare the ends of the loop (see: ).
- Tie two knots in the rope as shown in 1B.
The loop will later be inserted in the eyelet of the balun's mounting screw.
STEP TWO: Prepare the Pole
- Locate the junction (joint) of the two pole segments where the antenna feedpoint is to be attached.
- Wrap 3 layers of "Coroplast Tape" above the joint.
- Wrap 3 layers of Coroplast Tape below the joint.
- Then wrap tape over the joint of both tubes.
Note: "Coroplast Tape" is a very special, pressure-sensitive tape which does not use glue to stick to the surface to which it is applied. It uses self-adhesion. It does not leave a sticky, gooie residue when removed, like electrical tape or duct tape does.