Bob, Since your antenna heights are not too high, and you want to save your
antennas, I would call a TREE expert that has a truck with bucket
capability, hire him out for a few hours...
Also, I sleeved my mast. They are both HIGH Pressure STEEL, 1/4 inch wall,
about 13 feet in length out of the tower. One mast inside the other, I have
a TH11, and above that by 8 feet a 40-2CD on the same mast. Antennas so far
have handled gusts to 70 mph.
> First, let me save you a few bytes.
> "WE TOLD YOU SO!!!"
> The discussion about galvanized water pipe being a poor choice
>for a mast was not ignored. But when I put the tower up some 20 years
>ago I didn't know any better. After Monday nights blow, I know better!
> What I'd appreciate now is some advice regarding how to get the
>antennas down safely.
> The tower is only 40 feet, mounted in concrete and bolted to the
>house at 8 feet and at the peak. The top of the tower is about 15
>feet above the house. Appox 9 feet of mast is in the tower. The
>remaining 12 feet or so is loaded with 205 elements of various VHF/UHF
>antennas. At the botton is 5 el on 6 meters. ( I can get this off OK)
>At the top is 4 x 23 element F9FT's for 1296 and a 33 el looper for 903.
> I'd like to not destroy these guys!
> If I cut the mast at the top of the tower, would it fold over
>gently or snap off? ( I know Murphys Law.)
> Any other thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.
> Thanks in advance,
> Bob N3RN <firstname.lastname@example.org> FN11WH (no longer 50 - 1296)
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