[Top] [All Lists]

[TowerTalk] Re: Aluminum Masts

To: <>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Re: Aluminum Masts
From: (Tom Rauch)
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 10:52:45 -0500
> Aluminum is a appropriate material to use for many purposes, including
> masts, towers, airplanes. The suitability for a given purpose is
> controlled by the DESIGN, not the material.

I'm delighted to see someone point out the real issue.

The issue is the *design*.

I have aluminum masts here that, if they were steel, you would 
never be able to work with them. They are as strong or slightly 
stronger than the bending moment of the tower top area above the 
last guy line. They are lighter weight than steel for the same why do I need steel?

If steel was better in weight vs strength, you would see it used in 
race cars and airplanes. We all agree if weight in NOT important 
steel is a wise choice, but someone has to lift that mast over the 

Let's not proclaim steel better than aluminum just because of raw 
material strength!!! There is much more than that to the problem.
73, Tom W8JI 

This list is sponsored by the new Store.  When you buy products
like ICE filters, Array Solutions StackMatch, or M-Squared Antennas from
the eHam Store for the same price you pay direct, a portion of the sale
price goes to support this list.  Check it out at

FAQ on WWW:     
Administrative requests:

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>