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Subject: Rohn RTP
From: (David L. Thompson)
Date: Mon, 08 Jul 1996 22:58:33 -0400

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 by WB1S for $2,000 ( in
maine)..which is down and ready for pickup.

Just get the book ( ask for prices, too)!

Dave K4JRB.

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