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Re: [TowerTalk] Rohn Torque Bar confusion

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Rohn Torque Bar confusion
From: Dave Hachadorian <>
Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2004 21:03:19 -0700
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On Tue, 3 Aug 2004 21:09:23 -0400 "Tom Rauch" <>

> When the tower twists all three
> guylines have to reach a longer distance, tension increases
> a large amount. 

It's not the increase in tension that's the dominant
factor, it's the fact that once the tower twists, all
three guy wires move _sideways_, and are no longer in
line with the center of rotation of the tower. Therefore,
they exert a significant torque to rotate the tower back
in line with the guy points.

I don't know how long these torque bars are, but let's
assume 24 inches. Assume Rohn 25, which has a distance from
rotation center to leg of about 5 inches. If the torque
bar is 24" long, and is bent down at 45 degrees (the guy angle),
it will increase the sideways distance that the guy wire moves
by 24 x .707 = 17 inches. So, you have more than quadrupled
[(17+5)/5 = 4.4] the rotation resistance of the guy system by
adding the torque bars.

Dave Hachadorian, K6LL
Big Bear Lake, CA

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