At the age of 13, too, I used the same 2x4 mast, set in about a half-cuft
of concrete (I said I was 13!)and guyed to the back yard fence. A half-inch
carriage bolt served as a pivot for lowering the thing for antenna servicing -
usually putting the hoisting lines back onto the pulleys. It also supported my
first dipole array - a spider web of 80/40/20M dipoles fed off one feedline.
The far end of the 80M wires draped over the roof of my parents' two-story
frame house. The wires literally rested on the shingles!
Point is that these lumber-based antenna supports work when properly
constructed. Keep in mind the early antenna support towers were made from wood
- Marconi's and Armstrong's structures are first to come to mind.
Gene Smar AD3F
> In 1959 when I was innocent and a new ham (13 years old and broke), I
> constructed the mast that was in the handbook. Made out of 2x4's and
> carriage bolts. I used it for one end of a dipole. Worked good and I
> still have a picture of it. If memory serves me, my neighbor (now K5RC)
> also used it as a support for his dipole.
> At 05:34 PM 2/24/04 -0700, DeVinneys wrote:
> >I remember an ARRL antenna book about 30 years ago had plans for a wooden
> >tower made out of 1X2's. I never tried it because the 1X2's we get in AZ and
> >NM would make it look like a corkscrew. Think I'll wait a few years on the
> >poly tower to see how it holds up to sunlight!KA5W
> Jack Hartley
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