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Re: [TowerTalk] Nonconductive towers

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Nonconductive towers
From: Bob Nielsen <>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 16:18:29 -0800
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On Fri, Nov 21, 2003 at 01:02:28PM -0500, wrote:

>     I think the biggest problem is the lack of suitable antenna/mast/rotator 
> mounting hardware. After all, wooden utility poles are loaded like crazy with 
> lots of crossarms, wires, transformers, etc. so some ham stuff wouldn't be a 
> stretch.
>     If you were so inclined, you could design a suitable fixture for the 
> array yourself and then get it built by a local fabricator or welding shop. 
> I'd 
> probably opt for something that's one-piece to eliminate any potential 
> alignment 
> problems.
>     A simple way to accomplish this whole thing is to use some 25 or 45G 
> hardware. Lots of configuration options and all you have to do is figure out 
> how 
> to attach it to the pole; one way would be to just drop the tower sections 
> over 
> the top of the pole. Gary, NI6T, has such an arrangement in a big tree at his 
> place. 

Back in the early 1950s (when I was much younger,) I visited Steve,
K6EWL, and saw the power pole that his father Charlie (W6CN?) had
installed.  I believe it had a steel track along the side with the
rotator and yagi mounted to a platform which could be lowered for
adjustments. Possibly one of the Glen Martin hazers could be mounted to
a pole in a similar manner.

Bob N7XY


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