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Re: [TowerTalk] Torque balancing made easy, was kt34xatorque balancing

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Torque balancing made easy, was kt34xatorque balancing
From: W0UN -- John Brosnahan <>
Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2005 12:29:49 -0600
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At 12:01 PM 1/8/2005, K8RI on Tower Talk wrote:
I like the tried and true method of torque balancing.

If the rotor and/or tower aren't being pushed to their limits, I like the "It looks good to me" approach. IE, unless it's a potential problem with a really big antenna, or antenna system, why bother?

It IS tried and true -- and truly the AMATEUR approach, but FB as long as you don't put
up anything that is really competitive or if you want to spend a lot of time doing repairs.

For me, stacks of 48 ft booms are a MINIMUM competitive system and you aren't really
serious until you get to 60 ft and up booms. At that point you need ALL of the safety factor
you can muster if you want to beat Mother Nature.

My goal is that all antennas should have a MINIMUM MTBF of a sunspot cycle! That
means good engineering and Nylok hardware on everything.

I love building BIG antennas, I just don't like repairing them. And rotators are now so
expensive with the demise of the cheap prop pitch motor that you can't afford to be
tearing them up frequently. Not to mention that any failure will probably be just
before (or during) the biggest contest of the year.

If you put up a lot of big antennas and don't do it right you will be eaten alive by
constant maintenance.

--John W0UN


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