[Completely BIASED opinion follows.]
Why not give Trylon a second thought? I constructed one of these
things in my back yard almost four years ago and am extremely satisfied with
it. It was not difficult to assemble (I stick-built it myself from the
bottom section up) although you WILL get a workout over several days doing
so. And I learned whatever I needed to built it and outfit it right here on
I agree the pre-sales technical support is not easy to come by. But
Steve was very helpful in answering my questions by e-mail and phone. The
Trylon web site has all the mechanical drawings you would need to dig the
foundation and build the sections. I needed a permit and submitted these
sheets with the application. The permit was granted on that basis.
I would buy another Trylon if I had the room for one (and wanted to
re-suffer the domestic slings and arrows of such endeavors, if you catch my
drift.) I would also consider an AN (?) if I had enough ca$h. E-mail me if
you want more info or think I can help you decide.
Gene Smar AD3F
P.S. It loads up just dandy on 160 and 80, too.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Powell" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 5:54 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower Conundrum
I'm finally getting around to erecting a tower but have run into an
I already have a brand new HDBX-48 which would suit my needs perfectly
The township PERMITS (already zoned, no battles with the neighbors, no
hearings and lawsuits...) amateur radio towers up to 75' in height as
normal, permitted accessory structures providing that:
- the tower be set back at least 1:1 from the nearest property line,
- the tower be located in the back yard: behind a line formed by the
rearmost point of the main structure.
It's the second condition that gets me as I had intended to place the HDBX
along the garage at the roof peak - essentially in the side yard. Erected
there, I'd have enough clear space to construct and raise the tower as well
as to be able to easily clear boom and elements of the antennas from the one
That same tower, located in the "back" yard poses a problem in that it's too
low: the antennas would catch in 2 different trees and I will NOT remove ANY
So... It looks like I'm destined to put up a 70' - 75' monster instead of a
modest 48' tower. So much for zoning meeting the needs of the citizens in
First question is what other free-standing (NO guys - NO "house" brackets)
70'+ towers exist besides AN and Trylon? Please don't loose sight of the
fact that I work for a living and have to be able to afford to put antennas
and a rotor on it too!
So far, the AN looks very nice but the advertised price is simply outta the
Trylon just doesn't turn me on with their construction and complete lack of
I have heard runors that Rohn will do a "deal" with hams but have NO
Does the "One Man Tower" really exist in the US?
Constructive suggestions and ideas?
Bill - WB1GOT
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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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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