I have received another stack of comments on gin poles, plus
an even bigger stack of requests for information. As a seeker of
information myself at this stage, I am afraid I have no way to
satisfy some of the requests. But I will tell what I know.
My e-mail on this subject falls into two categories: (1) further
comment on the respective merits of the various designs, and (2)
requests for addresses and telephone numbers of suppliers, and
Some interesting comments on the merits:
1. More guys have praised the WB0W product. There was,
however, one negative comment. Evidently, the WB0W
design requires a counterclockwise rotation of the
locking knobs to tighten the pole bracket to the tower
leg, and to position the pole within the bracket. One
user found this to be a constant annoyance, given that it
is conventional for a counterclockwise rotation to
*loosen* rather than *tighten* a knob.
He liked the Rohn poles because their loosening-tightening
process follows the normal rotation. But he admitted that
the EF2545 (for 25G and 45G) is not very hefty in construction.
2. As to the Antenna Mart pole, I received the following:
>Hi Bob, didn't see your previous request for info but let me pass on my
>experience here. I have had an Antenna Mart Gin Pole for several years
>now. I really like the way it works.
>First of all you don't have to worry about the pole resting on the tower
>rungs, if the tower rungs hold a 250lb plus person moving up and down,
>it will hold the gin pole which uses two brackets on two different tower
>I use mine on both Rohn 25 and 45. The part I like is the ease of moving
>the pole up and down the tower, using the tower rungs to rest it on as I
>go up and down.
>It's built very well, welds are no problem. I think the dollar value is
>there. I don't have any interest in Antenna Mart, merely a satisfied
>customer of their Gin Pole and an Antenna.
I've thought about this just a bit. Perhaps the rungs
are strong enough to support the *vertical* weight involved.
Sometimes, though, I use a gin pole for horizontal (or nearly
horizontal) loads, such as with a trolley system for elevating
yagis. I am particularly reticent to apply force to Rohn
cross braces in a horizontal vector, even if the braces could
safely support a dead vertical lift. Just a thought.
Now some info on addresses, pricing, and the like:
1. IIX Equipment Ltd.
P.O. Box 9
Oak Lawn, Il 60454
$189.95 for a kit that includes gin pole head
and mounting bracket only. (pole itself is
2. WB0W, Inc.
1210 Midyett Road
Saint Joseph, MO 64506-2407
TNX AGN guys for all the valuable info.
73 de Bob, K0KR
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