|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] 40' tower for only $179.00!|
|From:||Don Havlicek <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 24 Feb 2004 19:59:48 -0500|
My first tower was composed of a 8' 4x4 set into the ground about 4 feet
with two 12' 2x8's double-bolted to it. Near the top of the two 2x8's,
another bolt was placed through both of them and a second 4x4 on which
was mounted angle-brackets for the rotor and thrust bearing through
which the mast was placed up to the antenna.|
The second 4x4 was approximately 14' long, and the 'upper bolt' was a hinge so the top of the tower could be rotated downward for installation of the 5-el 15m monobander.
After the antenna was attached to the mast [in an inverted fashion], the rope [attached to the bottom of the second 4x4] was pulled .. rotating the beam to its position at the top of this ancient "fold-over".
Total cost back in the late 60's was less than $100 .. including the BEAM!
Worked fine .. until the winds decided to blow the entire thing over about a year later !!!
I remember an ARRL antenna book about 30 years ago had plans for a wooden
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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