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From: "Tower (K8RI)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2004 8:58 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Chrome Molly tube.
> I'm looking for some chrome molly tube to replace the structural steel I'm
> using now.
> I currently have 2 22-23 foot long pieces of 1 1/2 inch with 1/4 inch wall
> butt welded together. Over the splice is a 24 foot length of 2" which
> nicely fits over the 1 1/2.
> When the winds hit 50 to 70 MPH the thing looks like a blue gill fly rod
> that just tied into a Bass. I find it amazing the VHF and UHF antennas
> held together for two winters.
> My thoughts are the Chrome molly tube would be more rigid, albeit a whale
> a lot more expensive.
Why do you want it more rigid/stiff? Just because it flexes doesn't mean
it's going to fail (that's more a function of the material yield point). A
stiffer mast will change the distribution of loads which might have
unforeseen side effects.
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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