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Old 08-15-2006, 09:46 PM   #15
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Ugly as sin

I don't plan on using it...really. I want to camo the holes that were there from the previous mount. I don't want a scab patch and a flush patch is beyond me on that compound curve of the corner. I just finished the polish job and can try a polished antenna. I'd rather avoid it....got any other ideas? Maybe rivnuts with polished stainless buttonheads.
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Old 08-16-2006, 01:41 AM   #16
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My word! you have been busy overnight - for me any way....

I rose this morning to find all the entries and once again these forums come to the rescue, thank you one and all for your interest and replies.

The offers of used antennas, is most gratefully received, I have PM'd you all on that.

I have ordered the gear set from Marks RV as well, when you are many thousand miles away from source one tends to cover all angles and keep a stock of parts. Who knows when I might move off accidentally with the antenna still up and that low branch........ I say no more.

I will keep you all up to date if and when the gear set arrive and progress on the repairs.

Kent, you are correct, the English Television is a lot to be desired, but weather forecasts can be a guide (they are rarely accurate!) and the odd program does give the eyes a rest from reading.

Nick that is interesting you are not far from me, but I couldn't see where. Out of interest have you used the antenna to receive the likes of UK broadcasts? Are you going to the USRV Show in Shepton Mallett? I will be there with another Streamer, and some GMC owners.

Thank you all again, and for those who have similar problems I hope this thread has been useful. I will attempt to cover repairs/replacements with photos - keep looking!
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Old 08-16-2006, 04:28 AM   #17
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Chuck, I've PM'd you. Calstock on the Tamar river is our home, 15 miles north of Plymouth. I'll Google the USRV show and see if we can make it.
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Old 08-16-2006, 01:50 PM   #18
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I have now ordered two sets of gears from www.marksrv.com at just under $9 each plus shipping. let's hope they are the correct ones!

I was on the roof again today and realised that there may be other minor parts broken or missing - I think! Is there a manual or somewhere it can be downloaded from?

It may be possible to make up one good one out of two or more as there has been some very kind offers from fellow members. Thank you one and all.

What I am proposing is to pass one set of gears on to a gear maker and have set made up in brass or similar.

I am wondering why they are plastic, is it to reduce static/electrical surge/ or interfering with the earth (sorry grounding) of the antenna?

Can any one throw a light on this subject, or come up with a reason that I should not have a metal set made up and use them instead of the plastic.
You never know ..... a metal set may be the answer?
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Old 08-16-2006, 01:59 PM   #19
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I am wondering why they are plastic, is it to reduce static/electrical surge/ or interfering with the earth (sorry grounding) of the antenna?

Can any one throw a light on this subject, or come up with a reason that I should not have a metal set made up and use them instead of the plastic.
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Chuck,

My guess is that they were made of plastic so you would have to keep buying them. I'm certain it has nothing to do with static, surges, or grounding - since the base is a ground anyway.

If you can get a set made of metal, I'd do it. In the meantime, be sure to put lubrication (WD40, Spray Silicone) on EVERY moving part - and there are lots of pivot points on that antenna. That will take some of the load off the plastic gears. Again, put a good coat of silicone dielectric on the gears as well. That should give you a much longer time between gear replacements.

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Probably the same reason Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth used nylon timing gears...to reduce noise maybe? By the way, when you see the reference to "electric", noiva, there was a switch on the wall to electrically lift and lower the antenna. The 1971 Excella 500 was the first, I believe, to have this feature.

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By the way, when you see the reference to "electric", noiva, there was a switch on the wall to electrically lift and lower the antenna. The 1971 Excella 500 was the first, I believe, to have this feature. StingrayL82 [quote]

Frederick,

Thanks for that info. I had never known that they actually produced a Braund antenna with an electric lift. I've learned something new today . I was just assuming there was no such thing, and the reference was to the signal boost. Shows how you can RV for over 30 years and still not know everything .

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