[amsat-bb] Re: How to mount sat antenna on camera tripod?

Bill Dzurilla billdz.geo at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 19 20:39:27 PST 2008

The little spikes that hold the T-Nut to the boom are
pretty short.  What about using some other means to
reinforce the boom's hold on the nut?  Could try
supergluing the nut to the boom, but that might not be
strong enuf.  Perhaps drill a hole in a small piece of
aluminum, place the aluminum over the T-Nut with the
drilled hole over the threaded hole on the nut, then
secure the aluminum to the boom with a couple of wood
Bill NZ5N
--- Scott Richardson <scott at aves-specta.com> wrote:

> > Scott, how big of an antenna?  Was the T nut at
> the
> > balance point?  What's your plan B?
> I just put together a 3-el 2m WA5VJB to go with an
> 8-el on 70cm, then bolted 
> the two together end to end in the same plane. I put
> the T nut a little bit 
> off the balance point (silly mistake). But even if
> balanced, just the aiming 
> of the antenna would surely have pulled the nut out.
> Maybe my old scrap 1x1 
> is too soft.
> Plan B was suggested by Steve VA3SAX, but I'd still
> like to find a more 
> rugged alternative.
> So far I've sunk less than $10 into the two antennas
> and would love to keep 
> it below that mark.
> 73, Scott N1AIA

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