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Re: [TowerTalk] Class 2 and Class 7 Poles

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Class 2 and Class 7 Poles
From: Rob Frohne <>
Date: Mon, 17 May 2004 21:42:07 -0700
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Hi All,

Interesting topic. A few years ago, I tried to obtain a 120' phone pole new, and all the guys I talked to said it had been years since they had seen one even close to that size. One of my mentors when I was young, was Gale Alred, (KL7BJW, KL7JW, KL7G) who had a 117 foot phone pole with a railroad track up the side. He had a cart that went up and down the track, and could lower the whole thing from his shack whenever a big wind blew (and we got them with winds over 100 mph). He had antennas as big six element 20 meter quagi on an 80 foot boom that his prop pitch turned on that thing and year after year never had any trouble with it at all.


Rob, KL7NA/W7
On May 17, 2004, at 4:34 PM, Alan AB2OS wrote:

Everyone who responded has given me a lot to think about. I had not thought at all about the task of climbing the thing, and I can see that a coventional tower would be much simpler in that respect.

The tower I have in mind would be a free-standing AN wireless unit, which could be erected section by section using a gin pole. The only way to set up a utility pole (or to assemble the tower on the ground and pick it up) would be to get a crane with a jib long enough to reach over the roof of the house: there just isn't room to get around either end of the house without intruding into a neighbor's property.

I think I'll stick with the tower.

BTW, they used steel-and-concrete utility poles (called "Stobie poles") in Adelaide, South Australia when I lived there 40 yrs ago.

Alan AB2OS

On 05/17/04 06:50 pm Doug Faunt N6TQS +1-510-655-8604 put fingers to keyboard and launched the following message into cyberspace:

-- Rob Frohne, Ph.D., P.E. E.F. Cross School of Engineering Walla Walla College


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