Well, I just about shot myself in the foot this weekend. Luckly, I think I
missed so I have to take better aim next time.
I have been working on a project to beef up my mast and put up a referbished
TH6 on the 25G tower. I have several pointy-top tower sections that I
thought would take 2.00 inch OD tubing. As I was working on the project and
trying to find the tubing (just about ready to order from Texas Towers) I
decided to measure that diameter of the tower. Well, I have top 25AG1 top
with the bushing removed. So, the maximum mast I can stick through it is
about 1 7/8" OD .. if anything like that exist. So, with the top I have,
the 2" tubing would not have worked. So, alternatives.....
1. Go with a smaller diameter mast and at this point (it would be steel and
2. Buy a new top (I really don't want to spend the $$$ unless it is a good
3. Make a top for a straight section. (My welding skills are rusty) I got
a lot of friends to do something like that, but they are busy as well. The
other option here is to use a rotor shelf plate and mount a bearing on it.
Then the price of the project goes way out of site (See option 2)
Additional comments: I have used a steel mast with this set up before and
it seem to work. Stayed up in a very sever ice storm. But, I had nothing
on the smaller mast that the TH6. I would like to but up a two meter boomer
for SSB/CW operation as well when I do this.
So, that is why the pointy-top tower discussion has started again. I know
that there has been a lot of things written about this topic, so we don't
have to go through it again. I got to make up my mind what I need to do
here to be 1) safe, 2) safe, 3) safe, and 4) cost effective.
Comments and flames to me
"Buy a shotgun next time...less of a chance to miss"
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