At 08:29 PM 6/23/03 +0200, Jaap de Jonge wrote:
>Need a favor: I'm about to convince my XYL that a modest tower with HF
>beam isn't all that ugly. She's inclined to give in to my want, but
>she'd like to get an impression of what the final result would look
>like. Therefore I'm looking for pictures of a modest tower (45 feet / 15
>meters high) carrying only one HF tribander (3/4/5 element). Tower
>preferably attached to the side of the house, or free standing, but
>close to the house. My house is moderate in size, two stories tall.
>Picture taken from some distance, showing a good overview, with all the
>dimensions in the right perspective and not too much focus on the tower
>is preferred. Please e-mail picture or send me a link and help me
>persuade my wife!
Hi Jaap --
There are a few other things you can do, but of course all of these involve
trade-offs of one sort or another, in performance, effort, or cost:
Paint the beam and tower to contrast as little as possible with the
background, as seen from the most common (or most sensitive) vantage
point. I have seen 20-meter towers with TH-7s on top that became almost
invisible when viewed against woods because they were painted bark color
(dark brownish grey).
Use a crank-up, and keep it cranked down as much as possible.
Use one of the telescoping tubing crank-up towers, and a small tribander
(like a Force 12 C-3SS for example), and keep it cranked down when not in
use. Many XYLs I know dislike a solid, relatively small-diameter support
less than a lattice-work tower like Rohn 25 or a standard crank-up. Force
12 makes a so-called low-profile tower that cranks down to 3.7 meters, up
to 14 meters, and is very thin for what it will carry. The big issue here
73, Pete N4ZR
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