Saturday, January 26, 2013


So, I'm not an engineer by education and I only have limited experience in ham radio, so the good news is I learn a lot when I take a few minutes to read something like the February 2013 QST.

In an article about how to hang wire antennas, I was introduced to the term catenary:
"In physics and geometry, the catenary is the curve that an idealized hanging chain or cable assumes under its own weight when supported only at its ends. The curve has a U-like shape, superficially similar in appearance to a parabola (though mathematically quite different)."
Of course, there is math to optimize the hanging of wires/cable. I just never thought about it beyond is the wire high enough that something won't run in to it and is it tight enough that it won't fall down in a few minutes after I let go.

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