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WIRE SPLICING TERMINATION & TAIL
Wire splicing for terminating an antenna aerial wire to a strain insulator with a tail for connecting to the feed line
Technique for terminating an antenna aerial wire to a strain insulator with a tail for connecting to the feed line. The technique while more laborious than swage crimps and similar methods is mechanically superior as there are no points of fatigue failure and electrically there are no connections. This technique is most suited to heavier antenna wire of 4mm2, 7 strand or greater.

Photo#1. Feed antenna wire through the strain insulator with sufficient tail length to reach the feed line connection

Photo#1. Feed antenna wire through the strain insulator with sufficient tail length to reach the feed line connection.

 

Photo#2. Form the wire so that the main antenna wire lays against the tail and feed the tie wire through. The tie wire will need to be about 2mtr long subject to the antenna wire size, The tie wire will located in the insulator so that about 400mm is presented on the tail side.

Photo#2. Form the wire so that the main antenna wire lays against the tail and feed the tie wire through. The tie wire will need to be about 2mtr long subject to the antenna wire size, The tie wire will located in the insulator so that about 300mm is presented on the tail side.

 

Photo#3. The sorter tail side of the tie wire is laid along the antenna wire and tail with the longer side wound on tightly binding the antenna wire, tail and sort side of the tie wire together.

Photo#3. The sorter tail side of the tie wire is laid along the antenna wire and tail with the longer side wound on tightly binding the antenna wire, tail and sort side of the tie wire together.

 

Photo#4. Rap for at least 10 turns and bend the main antenna wire away as above.

Photo#4. Rap for at least 10 turns and bend the main antenna wire away as shown above.

 

Photo#5. Continue tightly raping along the tail and sort tie for at least 10 turns.

Photo#5. Continue tightly raping along the tail and sort tie for at least 10 turns.

 

Photo#6. Form the main antenna wire and tail together and continue tightly raping for at least 10 turns.

Photo#6. Form the main antenna wire and tail together and continue tightly raping for at least 10 turns.

 

Photo#7. Bend the tail and short tie wire away as above and continue tightly raping for at least 10 turns.

Photo#7. Bend the tail and short tie wire away as shown above and continue tightly raping for at least 10 turns.

 

Photo#8. Rap the short end of the tie along the tail for approximately 3 to 5 turns as above.

Photo#8. Rap the short end of the tie along the tail for approximately 3 to 5 turns as shown above.

 

 

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