[amsat-bb] Re: Fibreglass tube for G5500?

Chris Bloy chris at photofuture.co.uk
Tue Aug 23 00:03:04 PDT 2011

Hi all,

Thank you all very much for your input and as expected the aluminium pole isn't an option, so I am going down the route of fibreglass tube with wood insert.

Just need to source a UK company that can supply the tubing! I have contacted Engineering Composites and will await a price!

All the best!

Chris - M0DQO
FUNcube Educational Outreach :)



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On 22 Aug 2011, at 16:28, "Alan P. Biddle" <APBIDDLE at UNITED.NET> wrote:

> Chris,
> As has been pointed out, an aluminum liner won't work.  I have a fiberglass
> tube, and found a solid wood rod at a local building supply store.  It is a
> perfect friction fit.  I cut it about 2 inches shorter than the tube,
> leaving about an inch space at each end.  I stood it on end, and filled one
> end with RTV.  After it hardened, I swapped ends and sealed the other end.
> It has been in use for almost 15 years with no failures or leakages.
> 73s,
> Alan

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