AS you did I saw the QST ads for the Rohn RTP towers. Rohn has a web page
and I left them a message that I would like info. This after I asked HRO
and two or three other dealers and got nowhere. I got back a short letter
and a booklet "Rohn, Self-Supporting Towers for Amateur Radio."
> I'm looking for first hand information from
>owners/installers/informed individuals about Rohn RTP towers (specifically
>the 90' configuration). My Rohn book is at least 20 years old and as far as
>I can tell has no specs for RTP so I'd like to ask the following questions.
The RTP is a special packaging of the SSV series.
>* Are the sections 3-sided or 4-sided?
They are all 3-sided!!!!!
>* Given the 11 sq. ft rating (70mph I believe) given for the 90' model, how
>many yards of concrete are required under _each_ leg and what size/shape are
>the leg bases?
Depending on what you want this is all spelled out in the booklet. Too much
detail to explain without the booklet.
>* Presumably a crane is the only way to install one of these due to section
>length and weight? How long are the sections? The 90' model specs 5
>sections, which should be 18' per, but are some sections longer than others?
One section is 10' and the rest are 20'. You will need a crane!
>* What is the face-width of the top section (the one with the pre-drilled
>plate to accept a TB3)? Will a Ham-IV or tail-twister fit in between the
>Z-Braces without cutting or bending?
smallest sections are 1' 10" (22") so no problem with most ham rotators!
3Wb is the normal top section and its 2' 2" or 26".
>* How stable (as in swaying) might one expect a tower of this type be when
>working near or at the top?
I have a friend with an older SSV tower (100'). It sways about 2 feet at
the top with a 200lb person putting up a 20 meter 4 el beam.
There is a 90' SSV tower for sale on rec.radio.swap by WB1S for $2,000 ( in
maine)..which is down and ready for pickup.
Just get the book ( ask for prices, too)!