|Typical split in a fiberglass pole|
My set of poles suffers from this problem. So I have made some minor repairs to mitigate the inevitable loss. I have a bracket that holds the bottom of the mast. It's about 8 inches tall and so can well support the worst damaged pole. I always use the worst damaged one at the bottom.
|The worst pole gets put at the bottom where there is most support|
Then using a hose clamp I secure the other poles such that they can no longer splay out. Do not tighten the clamp too tight as you'll misshape the pole. You simply want to add to the structural integrity. If the cracks are too bad you can drill a hole right at the top of the crack to prevent it from moving further up the pole. I stole this trick from the Liberty Bell 😁
|Add a hose clamp to the damaged pole|
Finally, assemble the poles in the usual manner.
|2 "repaired" poles seated together|
|Eye bolt installed for wire antenna. HSMM-Mesh adapter also installed.|