I'm relocating to a new QTH soon and will be putting up a couple of
new towers. My first priority is to get a modest tower up alongside
the house to carry VHF/UHF and Microwave antennas...6M through 23CM.
The second...and, possibly, third...tower(s) can come a bit later.
I will be purchasing new towers, so have some choices to make
regarding styles, material (aluminum or steel) and options. Here are
some of the criteria I have in mind for the first tower.
I'm looking for something about 50' in height, 15-20 square foot
antenna capacity, freestanding (don't want guy wires cluttering up
the yard), tiltover design of some sort for easy antenna work. Not
necessary to be telescoping unit, but could be.
I've been looking at a couple of possibilities: a 55' US Tower
tubular (MA-550MDP) with freestanding, rotatable base or a 48'
Heights aluminum tower (Model 48-23-90) with "foldover" base. While
the US Tower unit wouldn't carry 15-20 sq ft of antenna extended, it
could do so retracted. Heights offers a 48-footer rated at 23 sq ft
in 90 MPH wind.
I will probably need at least 12' of mast above the top ot the tower
on which to stack the antennas. With the rotatable tubular, that
doesn't look like a problem; not sure with the Heights tower.
Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.
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