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[Towertalk] Universal aluminum

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Subject: [Towertalk] Universal aluminum
From: (Pat Poirier)
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 12:30:49 -0400

It is obvious that you have never touched a Universal 30 inch base. The base
is all steel and all you have to do is mount the first section on the base
and stand it up in the hole level it off and pour your concert.

If you think you can bend one of the 30 inch sections you better use a truck
with a chain. Their 30 inch section is the only one they make that I like.

I would recommend a steel tower over the Universal.

Pat W1KA
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Sent: Saturday, August 31, 2002 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: [Towertalk] Universal aluminum

> In a message dated 8/31/02 5:22:33 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
> > I am finalizing plans to put up my first tower, I have settled on a
> Universal
> >  80' with 30" base. I am interested in comments, tips, suggestions, etc.
> >
>     Typically aluminum towers are somewhat more expensive than a steel one
> plus some of the manufacturers discourage you from climbing them. Aluminum
> towers are used primarily by amateurs - professional standards do not
> typically include them.
> >  This tower will be primarily for Internet access, but I do plan to put
> 30m
> >  ground plane on top. Still trying to figure a way to attach some solid
> >  radials instead of wires.
>     Huh? This is a large antenna so you've got some pretty challenging
> mechanical problems to overcome. Have you modeled it to see how it will
> perform up there? I'm sure some antenna guys will have more educated
> comments.
> >  I have heard that the base (just 3 posts) is a little difficult to line
> up, so
> >  I plan to weld a couple of rebars on to them to hold them together
> >  concrete is poured.
> >
>     I don't think you can weld rebar to aluminum. How does the base
> come from the manufacturer?
>     Heck, this is aluminum - just bend it until you get it where you want
> (slightly facetious comment).
> Cheers,
> Steve     K7LXC
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