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 To: [Towertalk] Tree Mounts k3bz@arrl.net (Jerry Keller) Fri, 06 Sep 2002 20:44:12 -0400
 ```Maybe it would be good to choose a deep-rooted tree species rather than a shallow-rooted one. A topped tree won't die right away, but the physical shock and the extra load don't do it any good, and a deep-rooted variety will withstand the abuse better. Steve, with your "cross" I can't quite picture how you mount both horizontal ends AND the vertical pipe to the tree...how long is the horizontal piece? Jerry K3BZ -----Original Message----- From: towertalk-admin@contesting.com [mailto:towertalk-admin@contesting.com]On Behalf Of K7LXC@aol.com Sent: Friday, September 06, 2002 8:17 PM To: kellyjohnson@telocity.com; towertalk@contesting.com Subject: Re: [Towertalk] Tree Mounts In a message dated 9/6/02 5:00:39 PM Pacific Daylight Time, kellyjohnson@telocity.com writes: > Does anyone out there have any experience with mounting a rotatable yagi > to a tree? I've been told this is (or used to be) common in the Pacific > Northwest. I'd be interested in hearing: > 1) How to calculate a safe load Calculate? How would you come up with a formula for the tree capacity? I've installed 14-15 antennas in trees including HF yagis and 2L 40M beams so I have a professional perspective but don't have any numbers to show you. I usually top the tree when it's about 10 or so inches in diameter. How strong is an 8x8 piece of wood? Pretty danged strong actually. If you're talking about an HF beam, I wouldn't go any larger than about a 16' or so boom - the forces just get too big. The other limiting factor is rotator capacity since I pipe mount the rotator and then the antenna on top of it. I prefer the T2X since it has a lot of mast mounting capacity and will twirl just about anything small to moderate in size for a long time. > 2) How to fabricate a suitable mount I use a piece of galvanized pipe (1-1/2" ID = 1.9" OD) with a horizontal piece welded to it (picture a cross). The horizontal ends are bolted to the tree as is the vertical pipe. The rotator goes on top of the cross. I use 1/2" lag screws on the vertical pipe - 3-4 of them - and screw them right into the tree. The antenna will blow away before the mount fails. A BIG advantage for a tree installation is that it's UNREGULATED when it comes to building departments! I charge a lot for them because they're dirty and a lot of work. Cheers, Steve K7LXC TOWER TECH - Professional tower (and tree) services for commercial and amateur _______________________________________________ Self Supporting Towers, Wireless Weather Stations, see web site: http://www.mscomputer.com Call 888-333-9041 to place your order, mention you saw this ad and take an additional 5 percent off any weather station price. _______________________________________________ Towertalk mailing list Towertalk@contesting.com http://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/towertalk ```
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