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[TowerTalk] I finally figured a way to stop mast slippage

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Subject: [TowerTalk] I finally figured a way to stop mast slippage
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Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 07:35:14 -0500
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My old Wilson rotatable has two small bolts that serve as set screws to clamp 
the mast in
the tube.
Tighten the two bolts is SUPPOSED to stop mast slippage.
But I was always reluctant to really crank down on them for fear of breaking 
them off or
stripping them out.

I really didn't want to drill out the chrome moly mast either.
The recent 40 mph+ winds in Chicagoland had me 'correcting' for windage 

So I finally came up with a design that was cheap, easy to install, and seems 
to have
solved the problem of misalignment.

I got two small 'clip angles' from work.
These are 4" long 4X4 wide angle irons, about 1/4" thick.

I drilled two sets of holes for 2 1/2" U bolts in one and two sets of 2" U 
bolts in the

The 2 1/2" clamp piece was put on the mast insertion tube.
The 2" clamp piece goes around the mast.

There will be a slight difference in position due to the 'insertion tube on the 
being a larger size than the mast, but the two clips angles should line up in 
horizontal plane.
I then clamped them together and drilled two 3/8" holes through the horizontal 
Make sure the antenna is properly oriented and bolt the two plates together and 
all the U bolts.

Fortunately for me, my Wilson tower is right next to the large chimney on my 
roof so I
could stand on the chimney and easily do the final drilling and tightening.

Hope this gives someone an idea on solving a similar problem.
In my case, where the rotor is mounted at the bottom of the Wilson tower, this 
does not
add appreciable strain on the rotor.
In the case of a top mounted rotor, you may want to consider the slippage vs. 
rotor damage
before adding my clamp system.

Only a genealogist regards a step backwards as progress.

Bill H. in Chicagoland


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