|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] Looking for some tower advice|
|From:||"Alan C. Zack" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Fri, 19 Nov 2004 14:11:17 -0800|
I was in your same position about 6 months ago. At first I planned to use a US Towers tower as I had visited their factory several times as part of the Intl DX Convention at Visalia and their towers seemed to be what I needed. Then I discovered I needed IBC-2000, 90 MPH wind calcs for my bldg permit. US Towers could provide UBC-97 75 MPH wind calcs but not the 90 MPH. After my repeated calls asking just which of their towers could pass 90 MPH wind calcs UST finally told me that they could not get the 90 MPH wind calcs for me and didn't seem to want to help me get them. I gave up on UST and contacted Drake Dimitry at Heights Tower. Drake was able to provide the 90 MPH wind calcs my bldg dept required right away and has helped me in every step of the way during my installation. I am at the point now of just having my 4 ft bottom section of my fold over kit base installed a couple of days ago onto my base and this weekend should have the rest of the tower connected to the FOK and up in the air.
I have the 40' Heights crank up aluminum tower (Model CUA40) with the motorized fold over kit. The heavy duty 16 ft mast will put my antenna up to about 55 ft. I chose the 40 ft tower only because my city will issue a bldg permit for towers 45 ft or less without a variance. Over 45 ft I would need a variance meaning all my neighbors would be sent a letter and their comments would be invited and there could be a city hearing. I wanted to avoid any variances or hearings and so got the permit for the 40 ft tower.
Based on my experience I would go for the Heights Towers. Two people can carry the CUA40 around the yard but we plan on using four people to hold it steady in a horiz position when we attach it to the FOK base for the final part of the installation. I don't think you could do that with a steel tower.
Jim Aguirre wrote:
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.
Alan Zack Amateur Radio Station K7ACZ Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Quality Engineer, The Boeing Company, Retired Aviation Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Coast Guard, Retired U.S. Coast Guard, Always Ready, Always There Every hour, Every day, Around the Clock and Around the World SEMPER PARATUS http://www.gocoastguard.com http://www.uscg.mil/d14/units/asbp/uscgasbp/ DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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