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Red Ribbon Campaign - Ribbon put on Antenna

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shootindwn

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With the holiday season upon us and the campaigns for tying ribbons on antennas, I have a question to ask. Has any one heard if tying a piece of material as a ribbon on the two way antenna would cause any sort of issues?
This was rumored and I'd like to put it out there for some feed back. I've never heard of it but thus the reason for the post...
Thanks, and happy holidays.
 

n5ims

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Some of the ribbons have metalic threads in them which may cause issues. I'd say that those that don't wouldn't have any significant issues. I've seen the Jack In The Box antenna balls on several of the local police car antennas for years and am sure if there were any significant issues they'd have been removed.
 

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A down and dirty test to see if a substance is RF inert. Put it in the micro wave oven 30 secs to a minute. If it gets warm (or sparkles like ribbon with metallic threads) then don't use it around RF, such as insulators, spacers, antenna doo dads. If it stays cool, usually it's OK around RF.
 

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Rode with a few officers and a few of them had the blue ribbons and all tied to the 800mhz Antennas and a few on the Vehicle's VHF antenna.. I guess that could explain a bit of static or communications says 10-9 you were cutting out...
 

shootindwn

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Thanks everyone for your input. The ribbon was put in the microwave and did not get hot, but was still rumoured to cause trouble...hmmm ... maybe it was some thing else and was ribbon labled....
 
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