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Antenna Tower

Discussion in 'HAM Radio' started by TC McQuade, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. TC McQuade

    TC McQuade NES Member

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    I have some antenna towers in use:
    Rohn 45 tower
    Rohn solid SSV 2W 20 foot sections and SSV 1W 10 foot section

    I'm looking for a third tower and someone is selling 40' (pictured below) Flat uprights (ignore the tubular Rhon 25 stuff) it really does not look that strong compared to the Rohn towers.

    Is there anyone on here that knows a little about the type of tower's specs, Make, Model, additional sections availability, and durability.
    I really think I want to stick with the Rohn stock but this stuff is available on CL now. I don't think I'd trust the stuff for sale with all the rust; I'm curious what this stuff is all about...

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    I don't know what that is but I wouldn't climb it.
     
  3. TC McQuade

    TC McQuade NES Member

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    It kinda looks like the same material used on cheep shelving at the box stores to me. And he wants $ 125.00 for 40' :emoji_nerd:
     
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    Seems like a good price... I’d climb it but at that height and style of tower (antenna) you could just lower it to ground with proper footings....for maintenance.

    Once you get into real towers depending on where you live .... climbing it is the least of the issues.
     
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    If your worried about the damage to it ... cut that section off...You can’t build something cheaper than that price. Or wait and look around...
     
  6. TC McQuade

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    I ended up buying the tower a few weeks ago. He had lowered the price to $75.00 in the ad and I went to look at it he told me that if I gave him $50.00 cash I could have it so I bought it and he threw in the section of Rohn 25 that was in the pile with it.

    It turned out to be a solid telescopic tower with 5 - 10 foot sections that store inside each other. It has a very heavy tilting base that's about 24" - 30" wide with the top of the tower about 10" it included a 15 foot pole on the top making it a 55 foot tower after considering the overlap at each section and the the top mast extending 5 feet into the tower.

    I'm not going to put it up for a while and I'm actually thinking that I'll mount it on a trailer and make it portable for field days and whatever. I'm pretty sure I could mount a rotator on the tower but that might make it too heavy to tilt up and raise on a trailer. The overall weight of the tower as it sits is about 400 pounds.

    I've got to take some time and just play with it. When I have a minute I will take some pictures and post them here.

    I could imagine something like this but not as heavy with a much bigger trailer and considerably larger outriggers.

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    A tower trailer built from a kit
     
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    Looks like BX Tower. I am pretty sure Rohn used to make it-

    WBØW - Shelby

    Have fun on the hill-topper setup.
     
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    Make sure you get a good ground plane with that tower.
    The ground plane is sometimes harder to get right than the tower.
    I’ve seen GP’s with well over 100 wires. Do some antenna book
    reading about ground planes. It’s tough to get them right.

    If your GP ends up looking anything like the one in the photo
    you’ll be fine.
     

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