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 Emergency Insulators & Antennas

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PostSubject: Emergency Insulators & Antennas   Emergency Insulators & Antennas Icon_minitimeDecember 17th 2018, 9:45 pm

OK, Its Field Day and you are out in the sticks.
You set up and realize you forgot the box of insulators.
 Its a 40 mile drive over back roads back to the shack. 
What do you do?

Well, look around. It's very likely you will find a 6 pack plastic holder or an empty drink bottle- either plastic or glass. (Yes, with all the idiots dumping out garbage these days, it's hard not to find something that can work.)

Even a roll of electrical tape used as an insulator will do the trick.
 Just run one wire thru the roll and attach it to the antenna. Another length of wire goes through the roll and attaches to a pole, tree, or another non-mobile object.
  Just about anything that's non-conductive can be used. A leather belt, Zip tie, a bone dry stick, whatever you can find can make do in an emergency.
 Use your imagination! It can save your life or anothers in a real emergency.

One of my friends in the military told me they even drive nails into trees at specified distances and use the tree as an emergency antenna!!! (He did mention it does cause the tree to die quite often).

Electric fence or mechanics wire can be used. A friend told me that during WW2 on his farm they tied the barbed wire fence to the neighbors and used it as a phone line, since Ham radio was curtailed. Carrier Current was also used- transmitting through the power lines. I am given to understand this is still in use today by the power companies.

Think, Adapt, use your brain. (What- the Zombies didn't want to eat you?......) tongue
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