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How to unfreeze a WISP antenna

Rime on a WISP antenna.

Turns out the rime is robust enough to block the signal on our WISP antenna.

After a full day and night of no internet I dreamed up a space heater on a 10 foot conduit pole.

It only needed a small section to melt before the signal came back.

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Since enclosed Yagi-Uda antenna exist, it should be possible to enclose the antenna in e.g. a plastic pipe with end caps.

You could even pump warm air in or put a small heating element in the pipe to prevent frost on the outside of the pipe.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sun Feb 11 07:27:49 2018
This would be a good solution for the problem if it was an event that happened often, but I can count on one hand how many times I've seen rime this thick.
Comment by mark Mon Feb 12 07:36:12 2018

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