It's a safety thing. So you don't poke your eye out ;p)One of my little projects when it gets warm is to put 10m in the truck.
Wanted to cut down a 11m whip.
Question is: What's with the ball on the end? I'll need to cut it off to get a match. Do I need it on there for any reason?
Those are what I was talking about. The ones I have that do not have removable rod holders are not silver soldered on. They are friction welded.I waited to see if anyone would comment on a 102" whip and how to shorten those. Do them the same way that's recommended for the other whips, cut them at the bottom. But what about that ferrule on the bottom? The thing is just silver soldered on, so unsolder it. Do what ever cutting is required and resolder the thing back on. I've found that takes a 'torch', a soldering gun won't work. Also, count on using something like a hacksaw, or one -huge- bolt cutter to cut that 102" whip.
Why the bottom instead of the top? Because it retains the 'springiness' of the whip (any kind of whip). That corona ball at the top really does eliminate some static noise, and I've never had to worry about putting an eye out with it on that tip. 'Course, I didn't worry about putting out an eye with out one either...