In a message dated 99-03-04 21:12:57 EST, you write:
> I have some questions about building a tower, and am not sure where to
> obtain the answers.
> I want to build a 80 - 100' tower out of 1 5/8" toprail with the 3
> spaced 16" apart. It will be a "modular" tower, instead of a crank-up. My
> main question is this: will it support an HF beam with a windload of 11.6
> sqft.? It will also be guyed at 30 - 60 - 90 ft. for the 100' , and 25 - 50
> 70 ft. for the 80' version.
Hi, Brian --
Like they say in engineering circles - it depends. Unless you're
intimately familiar with tower construction, are capable of engineering
everything properly and are a real clever metalworker/fabricator, my advice is
to NOT do it yourself. I'm not even sure what 'toprail' is.
Douglas County is only a 70 MPH windspeed zone - the lowest rating they
give - so big winds aren't a problem.
I would suggest getting a copy of the Rohn catalog. It's a wealth of
tower-related information and you could make some inferences from their
drawings. You can order one from Champion Radio Products -
www.championradio.com - or 888-833-3104.
You might want to send for my free guide - "The Ten Most Common Tower
Building Mistakes". SASE to Tower Tech, Box 572, Woodinville, WA, 98072.
Cheers, Steve K7LXC
Champion Radio Products
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