We are aware, that any part of the radio chain must work reliably, for a secure contact realization. But no other part in the chain is more exposed to such chalenging weather conditions as the antenna. That is why we use only high quality and long life materials and a special attention goes to the joints, which are stressed mechanicaly.
To understand, what it means, have a look at these detail pictures from the manufacturing.
The connector on the antenna serves only to electrically connect with the coaxial cable. For bearing the coaxial cable, use the attached rope. (with inner core made by LANEX).
After the antenna is tuned, it is required to insulate the ends of the arms with shrink tubing to prevent water intrusion.