What difference is there between Mastrant Classic ropes (P, Q, S, C, R) and Mastrant-M? The difference stands in parameters. Ropes from the Classic product line are the basic ropes optimized for a good price to performance ratio, whereas type M has approximately doubled strength and simultaneously half the stretch compared to type Classic. They are also lighter because the rope core is made from high-strength Dyneema® fibres.
When is it better to use Premium rope (M) instead of Classic? When one needs the lowest weight and wind resistance (long ropes holding wire antennas, or supporting large beam elements, or expeditions where low weight is crucial). Also when the anchor points on the ground need to be placed close to the tower (less than 50% of the anchor height – depending on the type of tower – the higher stress needs to be calculated individually) and finally, for any big towers with big antennas.
When I am looking at Dyneema ropes for maritime use, the strength eg. with 10 mm Dyneema is well over 10.000 kg, but your Mastrant M rope with a similar diameter has "only" 3850 kg strength, even the core material is the same. Can you explain why? Our declared breaking strength of ropes is strength really measured – each production series. It must be always 3% or higher than in our specification. There on the market is also another approach – the theoretical BS calculated based on the specification of Dyneema fiber and number of fibers (diameter). This theoretical strength is always much higher.
What difference is there between Mastrant ropes and Kevlar ropes? Kevlar, like Dyneema®, uses high-strength fibres. While Kevlar is made from aramid the Dyneema® is made from a special sort of PET. Kevlar is not UV resistant and its fibres tend to break when bending over a small radius.
What about comparing Mastrant ropes with Phillystran? Mastrant-P has about 80% of the strength of Phillystran of the same diameter. Mastrant-M has about 30-65% higher strength than Phillystran – but the bigger the diameter the smaller difference. Nevertheless, any Mastrant solution of any strength is many times cheaper.
Can you compare Dacron with your ropes? Our ropes have a cover made from polyester. Polyester is a material, and it is the same material as Dacron (brand name of polyester). Construction of the rope (number of layers, number of strands, fiber angle, manufacturing process, ...) is a different story – the design of Mastrant ropes is adapted so that the abrasion resistance is as high as possible.
What makes Mastrant-M better rope for tower guys than pure Dyneema rope made for maritime use? This question needs more answers:
There are several types of Dyneema. Also, there are other producers (and brands) of HMPE ropes (the chemical principle of Dyneema). In Mastrant-M we use a special version of HMPE fibers – Dyneema DM20. The biggest advantage is that it does not creep. Even though this material is much more expensive than older types of Dyneema or other HMPE fibers, stability is very important for guying so in 2013 we switched to DM20, and Mastrant-M was born.
For guying, there are usually important also mechanical features. Using two (or three in diameters 6 mm and up) layers of materials in the rope significantly increases mechanical durability. Also, pure HMPE rope is “slippery” (on touch).
If you are considering pure standard HMPE rope (Dyneema SK75, SK79, SK99, Nexsteel, ...), consider also our HMPE ropes D-F3. With these ropes, you would need from time to time to re-tighten the tensioners.
What is the expected lifetime of Mastrant ropes? Like steel ropes producers, we recommend replacing them after 5 years of use. However, we have experience with flawless 15-year-old installations.
Do I need to buy a complete reel? How long is the rope on the reel? Standard is 100m or 200m of rope on the reel. Some diameters are 31m on the reel. However, we can deliver any length you want (ropes longer than 200m are available on special order). The ropes of standard length are cheaper. Aside from standard ropes, we offer also “ready-made” ropes with thimble compressed-in on one end.
What a rope and how long do I need for ...? We offer free calculation service of ropes strength and length needed for your project. Apart from that, we have online calculators on our web pages which you can use for calculation yourself. These tools are also available in form of Android application – look for “Mastrant” on Google Play store. For basic orientation, we have prepared typical installations and recommended ropes: Typical installations
What elongation (stretch) percentage means? The elongation in our datasheets is a relative change of the length measured between “pre-tension” (10% of breaking strength) and “working tension” (30% of breaking strength).
Why don't you supply clamps with safety locking nuts? We fully understand your concerns. In reality, if the clips are used properly – and that means properly tightened, it is not possible for the nuts to spontaneously loosen. The reason is that there is always strong counter-pressure caused by the elasticity of ropes. The fact is that the clips were designed by much smarter people than me without washers or locking nuts - and this applies to all types of rope grips. Also, we have never received any feedback that nuts were loosening when installed on the rope, on the other hand, losing nuts during transportation in a pack or pocket is quite common. My personal experience (OL5Y) proves that they will not loosen on the rope if properly tightened.
I have dipoles rigged at about 42 m between much taller trees. These trees move a lot in the wind, so support ropes go through pulleys at each tree, tied down on one end and with a 100 lb weight on the other, but pull forces can be significantly greater when the wind is blowing and the rope moves back and forth a lot. Are any of your ropes suitable for this use? We suggest for this purpose Mastrant-Q 1/4" (6 mm) or Mastrant-P 3/16" (5 mm). Plus quality pulley with a larger sheave diameter and preferably with a needle (ball) bearing (for example, this one). You can also consider a system using elastic ropes designed for outdoor use.
What is SWL (Safe Working Load), WLL (Working Load Limit), BS (Breaking Strength), SF (Safety Factor)? Wikipedia details here.
What difference is there between particular harnesses? The BASIC harness is a basic safety harness. Comparing to other types it doesn’t contain the adjustable waist belt. The difference between LX2 to LX5 is in flexibility, sling width, the way of fixing (LX4 and LX5 use quick-acting buckles), and comfort (LX3 and LX5 are designed for long periods of use).
QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo March 2021
2. 2. 2021
We would like to invite you to the virtual Ham Expo. It will be on March 13 - 14 for a full 48 hours. Ham Expo will feature new speakers and presenters, panel discussions, and kit-building workshops, among other activities. More information here.
In 2019 we have developed replacement for “thick” ropes Mastrant-P. The line of diameters 6-8-10-12-14 will be replaced by new ropes Mastrant-Q with complex cores (Polyester and Polypropylene fibers) in diameters 6-8-11-14. These new ropes belongs to CLASSIC class and are even less expensive than Mastrant-P. Details.