----- Original Message -----
From: "Daron J. Wilson" <email@example.com>
To: "'TowerTalk Post'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 7:55 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Radian/Rohn availability
> Hey folks,
> Anyone had any VERY recent experience with the 'new Rohn' and their
> ability to produce product?
> I have a customer who wanted a 100' self supporting tower for 2 - 2.4Ghz
> reflectors. During the pricing and submittal stage, Rohn's ability to
> deliver was in question so we provided specs for a Trylon TSF which was
> available. Now that they accepted it and are ready to pour, the
> customer heard Rohn was back in business and wants the original Rohn
> Why? They have been led to believe that there is a 'twist' factor to be
> considered, and they believe that these larger sections of Rohn Tower
> (6N,7N,8N,9NH,10NH) will provide very little twist. Of course, it
> should be sturdy, but I have a hard time buying into the fact that these
> 2.4Ghz antennas with a 3 degree beam width are enough wind load to cause
> this thing to twist, nor do I think the path is going to care if the
> tower twists a small amount in the wind. However, they had a better
> salesman :)
3 degree beam width is pretty narrow...
Well.. we can run some quick numbers..
For reasonably directive antennas 3dB Beamwidth = 70 * lambda/diameter
. 3 deg beam width and 12.5 cm wavelength implies
BW = 70 * lambda/diameter (ballpark for uniformly illuminated circular
d = 70/3 * 12.5
d = 2.9 meters... (that's about 9.5 feet...)
That's for 100% efficiency... real antennas with 3 deg beamwidth will be
I'd say an 10foot dish has a pretty good sail area... 80 square feet...
If the tower twists much more than 3 degrees, you'll be eating into your
link margin pretty substantially. Do they really need a 37 dBi antenna?
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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