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[TowerTalk] Wind Loading redux, PP Motors

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Wind Loading redux, PP Motors
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Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2001 06:00:11 EDT
In a message dated 6/7/01 9:20:40 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< Kurt:
      With my planned antenna arrays, I won't have appreciable mast torque
 caused by  off-center mounting of the boom on the mast.  I'll have a small
 V/UHF vertical at the top, a D40 rotatable dipole (same length on either
 side of the boom bracket) below that, and the Bencher Skyhawk (purportedly
 torque balanced by the element and boom compensator pieces.)  If and when I
 install the 2M Yagi (KLM 144-148-13LBA), it will be mounted at the center of
 its boom; there's not enough element aluminum to worry about finding the
 balance center of the boom.)
      I think what you're cautioning us about is the case where we have large
 HF Yagi arrays in which the balance point (and mounting point) of the array
 is not the center of the boom.  In these cases, wind blowing broadside to
 the boom will want to turn the longer side of the boom away from the wind,
 creating torque on the mast/rotator/tower.
      Dick's papers on aerodynamic balancing discuss how to compensate for
 such imbalances, e.g., fixing a weight onto the boom so the balance point is
 shifted to the center of the boom, or entending the shorter side of the boom
 with a piece of aluminum tubing sleeved onto the main boom, or installing
      BOTTOM LINE:  You have to do some "cypherin' " before you put up an
 antenna/tower system.  Apparently, there's more to ham radio than Ohm's Law.
 GL es V=IR de
 Gene Smar  AD3F
All these factors are certainly important.  However there are ways to avoid 
all this concern and calculations for mechanical and wind unbalance that can 
occur.  Use a Prop Pitch Motor, it's far cheaper and trouble free if properly 
converted and installed.  In over 55 years of spinning many beams, the size 
of the beam and any wind unbalance and other factors have never ever been 
given the slightest consideration. The beam was balanced mechanically and 
that's it--end of story.  I use friction aluminum bearings I make and no 
other "Band Aids."  I've never had a rotator problem except water got in a PP 
once and rusted some bearings.  I overhauled the bearings and improved the 
rain protection.  All this time I apply power the beams turns each and every 
time at 2-6 rpm depending on the size of the beam.  No other commercial 
rotator user can make that statement.  I use other rotators all speeded up 
(even the small TV rotators) and just never overload them.  A fast spinning 
TV antenna is a joy to see.  My rotator budget has been a little over $200 
for PP motors and I just paid an all time high of $50 for a medium PP motor.  
It was a mechanical joy converting one again after 55 years.  I have 
purchased 4 of the typical $120 rotators at flee markets for a total of $120. 

The 3 Big Fears of John Q Ham are:
1. There's a big wind and he worries about all the TT Band Aids not holding 
2. He's running over power and thinks the FCC may be checking power levels
3. His gal friend tells him she missed her period

If you have all 3 on the same night--it's almost unbearable.  (Old K7GCO 

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