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[TowerTalk] Re: Low Cost Top Loaded Vertical - Illustrated

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Re: Low Cost Top Loaded Vertical - Illustrated
From: (Steve Narducci)
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 23:48:13 -0500
At 11:38 PM 11/18/97 -0600, T A RUSSELL wrote:
>Roger - my e-mail did not recognize your return address as valid.
>I will attempt to make a pictorial at the end of this message to
>de  Tom  N4KG
>Hi Tom:
>Sorry but I am not quite getting the picture.  I have tried to figure out
>how to put up one of those masts using a pully combination but can't seem
>to get it straight.  I have tried pushing them up and after one section
>they get very heavy.  Could you please give me some more verbage.  You
>mentioned the 2x4, I do not see how you are using it.  Tnx., Roger, W7VV.
>> From: T A RUSSELL <>
>> To:;
>> Subject: [TowerTalk] Low Cost Top Loaded  Vertical
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>> Date: Tuesday, November 18, 1997 12:55 PM
>> Low Cost Top Loaded Vertical   de   N4KG
>> Top loading the Radio Shack "push-up" mast sounds good to me.
>> They make 3, 4,& 5 section versions, up to 48 ft., just PUSH them up!
>> Guy the bottom section and get a tall step  ladder to push up the rest.
>> Be sure to secure the ladder to the mast or have someone hold it
>> Guy every other section.
>> With 4 way guying, you can lay the mast out on the ground, add a 20 ft
>> pipe or 2 X 4, straight up, attached at the base, with a set of guys
>> attached
>> to the top of the 20 ft support and a pull rope.  Pull the support back
>> down
>> to the ground and the mast will follow to the upright position.  Be
>> to  secure the base so it cannot move along the ground.  Attach the
>   guys  to their anchors, as well as the "back" guy.  Hope this "word"
>   is  sufficiently clear.
>> I cannot take credit for this clever idea.  I saw it in a VERY  OLD 
>> late  40's or early 50's.  The military used this technique to raise
>   up  to  90 ft.!
>> de  Tom  N4KG
>               SUPPORT                                                 
>    /|   -
>                   / |    -     GUY ( 1 of 4 directions)
>   PULL UP LINE>         /   |            -    
>               /    0_____________-_
>               HINGE   MAST

My experience is to mount a 4 x 4 wooden treated post 36 inches in the
Then to use a large and long wood lag screw to go into the bottom end of a 
20 ft 2 x 4 and into the post near the ground. The lag acts like a pivot
for the 
2 x 4 to raise against. Then attach the mast to the 2 x 4.  
Raise the mast by hand (probably with one person) and "pin" the 2 x 4 into
the 4 x 4 where the top of the post ends.  Guys already attached and hook
up at ground level.
Do this on a day when wind is nill. Works great.....Steve

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