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Re: Wired Up My Mast
Squidd, your long-tailed wire ties should do the same thing that the foam did. Most "low loss" coax has a foam insulation in it, and the foam tends to break down from the weight of the cable itself hanging vertically, so you can figure about five years before performance has degraded enough to think about replacing it.
If you pick up an SWR meter and test the rig a couple of time each year, or just leave it inline behind the radio, as long as you still show a good SWR, the cable is still good enough. When it starts going up...time for new coax.