Don't forget to ask the concrete company if they have a wheelbarrow
crew. Many of them will have labor available to manually move concrete
if pumping or other powered methods aren't possible.
David Robbins K1TTT
AR-Cluster node: 145.69MHz or telnet://dxc.k1ttt.net
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> From: email@example.com [mailto:towertalk-
> firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Bill Coleman
> Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2004 23:00
> To: KI9A@aol.com
> Cc: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] antenna height vs hassle
> On Aug 15, 2004, at 6:27 PM, KI9A@aol.com wrote:
> > I live on a small lot, can't really have
> > a guyed tower. I now have a roof tower with my 2 meter yagi at about
> > 27', the
> > A3 tribander at 30' & a 6 meter yagi at 33'.
> I had a similar situation at my old QTH - A3S at 35 feet, 2m boomer at
> 43 feet.
> > In order to put this 40' tower up, I would have to hire out the hole
> > (5'x5'x5'), then hand carry all of the concrete approx 120-150'
> > across the grass, on
> > an uneven area (ugh). No way to get the truck any closer.
> Here's some alternatives. First, you don't necessarily have to use a
> ready-mix truck. You could consider mixing the concrete yourself. If
> you did this, you could rent a small mixer, and do two bags at a time.
> (Note that it would take in excess of 100 bags, so I wouldn't
> Second, you can rent a powered wheelbarrow to carry the concrete from
> the curb to the hole. either that, or get about four good friends with
> wheelbarrows to shuttle the concrete across the yard.
> Third, if the hole is downhill from the road, you can rig up a trough
> to the hole. Failing that, you can rent a pump truck to move the
> concrete uphill.
> > Bottom line is this...is the cost & hassle of this worth the
> > gain?
> > If the tower was 60-80', I'd say of course, but, going from 30' to
> > 45', I
> > dunno if there would be much improvement to be worth it. I'm
> > to think
> > not.
> At my old QTH, I have the A3S at 35 feet. Today it is on a tower next
> to the house at just under 50 feet. It certainly behaves differently,
> especially on 20m. Further, I have much less RFI in the house.
> 125 cubic feet of concrete seems like a huge hassle, but I've gotten
> much more enjoyment out of my station since I have a (modestly)
> improved station.
> Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: email@example.com
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> -- Wilbur Wright, 1901
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