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Re: [TowerTalk] rohn 25 torque arms

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] rohn 25 torque arms
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 12:23:05 EST
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In a message dated 2/4/04 12:06:56 PM Pacific Standard Time, 

> I've seen a few postings arguing the good/bad points of torque arms.  
>  For a 25G, would the torque arms be an advantage, or would the regular 
>  guy brackets with six guys be better for torque control.  I'm just 
>  getting back into this stuff after 30 years or so, and quite a bit has 
>  changed. Comments, please.

    Yes, changed indeed. The traditional torque arms - those foot-long pieces 
of steel bars at the tower end of the guy wires - have been used by hams for 
years. Intuitively they should add some torsion resistance but when Rohn 
updated their designs and calculations to conform to a new TIA-222 Tower 
revision back in the late 80's or so, they found that the torque arms weren't 
really doing anything except when the tower was being climbed. That's when they 
introduced the guy assemblies with the oval rings and discontinued the bar 
versions. Well, hams had apolplexy - "I've used them for 30 years and I've got 
to have them!" - so Rohn began manufacturing them again. 

    Are they worth using? Probably couldn't hurt. Your call. With properly 
tensioned guys, there isn't much actual twisting tower movement when the tower 
is climbed regardless of the guy hardware so it's pretty marginal. OTOH most 
hams don't know what their guy tension is - almost certainly too loose - so it 
stands to reason that the torque arms might help in that kind of scenario. 

    Since the current specs call for the guy assembly with oval rings, follow 
the LXC Prime Directive and use what the manufacturer specifies. 

    The six-way guy brackets - the Torque Arm Stabilizer Assembly (TA25) or 
star bracket - are quite excellent for locking down the tower since they don't 
allow any twisting movement of the tower - it all comes down the guys. I don't 
know why you'd need a star bracket for 25G; if your antenna is that big, 25G 
probably isn't big enough anyway. 

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