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zrob_12

join:2009-01-17

Ice buildup on yagi antennas

I know I've seen a few posts related to this, but has anyone found a solution to prevent ice buildup on yagi antennas, primarily 900Mhz? I know some might be against the use of yagi antennas for this reason, but I see much better performance from yagis compared to panels. Any thoughts would be appreciated ; )


LLigetfa

join:2006-05-15
Fort Frances, ON
kudos:1

Deicing WWF and a Super Soaker.



Inssomniak
The Glitch
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join:2005-04-06
Cayuga, ON
kudos:2
reply to zrob_12

I just forewarned my customers that during times of freezing rain or heavy wet snow their Internet will be flaky. Neither event rarely has lasting effects here. Except one year though I remember it stayed cold for 4-5 days after freezing rain and anyone's antenna not directly exposed to the sun was in trouble for a while.
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Semaphore
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join:2003-11-18
101010
kudos:1
reply to zrob_12

The super soaker and 'Ice-X' is a HAM trick and it "works". I tried some silicon spray at one point: the results are in the archives - it helped but didn't fix the issue. A heating element has been proposed, and I think DaDawgs might have actually have made one (may be mistaken on the member who built it - that was a while ago) but a Radome is the 'real' answer and is not practical on a 17db Yagi.

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