If you aren't careful you can cause problems by putting sticky stuff
on the antenna. Dust and grit particals stick to the antenna and this
can cause a sandpaper effect when the antenna is raised and lowered!!
I use one of those moist hand wipes (Wet Ones®) once a week to clean
any muck off. I haven't ever had a problem getting it up (fnarr
WD-40 isn't a lubricant (it's a water proofer), spit isn't much good as
a lubricant in this area as it'll encourage corrosion and won't actually
lubricate as such It'll freeze too if it has the chance. A mixture of
the things you have tried so far will produce an intersting mixture that
will hinder more than help. PTFE/Teflon grease or spray may be better
but clean and polish as far as you can before you add something new to
Your antenna might be a little bend. Mine was. I made it straight.
It would ot go up/down and I lubricated it madly - no good.
Then I figured it was bend ever so slightly.
Then lubrication with some grease on a rag which I then wipe of as much as
possible. Maybe I will try just petrolium next time.
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