This is what it was supposed to look like. Suspension bridge style. Nice and straight.
Here is reality when the wind comes up. Yikes!
Close-up of main joint and coax connecting points. Note the four-foot wood dowels
to prevent lateral movement. (At least it worked well for the first four feet!) A stainless
steel bolt in each tube act as a probe into the liquid.
A note on the usable diameters for saltwater antennas. I have tried
everything from 1/8" plastic tubing to 3" PVC pipe and was able to hear
quite well with even the very thin 1/8" tubing, but never made a
contact. I have discovered that at the 1" diameter you begin to have a
decent radiating antenna. Length seems to matter very little as you
will see if you look at the page on my big 3" antenna.