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This is why i bought a Colossal ground plane

Tokin

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Walking back from the mailbox and i look up to see a young Osprey firmly perched on my static cap. He/she was up there for about 5 minutes. Birds of this size and larger perching on my antenna often is why i decided against the matching designs on other antennas.
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Meh, it wasnt hurting anything, barely bending it. I was fairly surprised since i have owls twice that size perch.
Rumor has it Q'd Osprey is kinda tough :whistle:
 
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Walking back from the mailbox and i look up to see a young Osprey firmly perched on my static cap. He/she was up there for about 5 minutes. Birds of this size and larger perching on my antenna often is why i decided against the matching designs on other antennas.
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I have the same antenna and once in a while I've seen small birds on the radials. Plenty of crows in my area and if a crow sits on a radial, I don't think the radial would hold the weight.
 
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Tokin

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I have the same antenna and once in a while I've seen small birds on the radials. Plenty of crows in my area and if a crow sits on a radial, I don't think the radial would hold the weight.
I get Red Shouldered Hawks that perch on my radials all the time while hunting mice and lizzards and the radials hold up fine. I also have lots of crows and I have some rather large owls who hunt from it at night. So far the Colossal is doing exactly what i bought it for.
 

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I get Red Shouldered Hawks that perch on my radials all the time while hunting mice and lizzards and the radials hold up fine. I also have lots of crows and I have some rather large owls who hunt from it at night. So far the Colossal is doing exactly what i bought it for.
I got it! A dual purpose antenna. Radio use and bird cooking! It must be a b**** to clean the burnt feathers off the radials. Lol....lol....lol!
 

Handy Andy

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Meh, it wasnt hurting anything, barely bending it. I was fairly surprised since i have owls twice that size perch.
Rumor has it Q'd Osprey is kinda tough :whistle:

I was just teasin' ya! :)

You're quite blessed to have such a perch for them to sit on, knowing from experience they do keep the yard clear of lawn damaging and nuisance rodents like Moles, Voles and other none-such 'oles....o_O

I'll show myself out...

Oh, yes...me too...
 

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