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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower-mounted enclosure

To: "Butch" <>,"TOWERTALK" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower-mounted enclosure
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2006 14:45:23 +0000
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     For the same application at my QTH and tower I used Hoffman type 3R 
enclosures ( ).  These 
things are commercial grade and made to withstand water spalching and driven 

     I used Unistrut channels and J-bolts to attach the box to the angle steel 
of my tower base.  I installed the Polyphasers inside the enclosure so they 
protruded through to the outside.  My switch is also inside this enclosure, 
mounted onto the wall opposite the Poly's, connectors facing the front of the 
box, not downward.  I had to saw off a piece of the switch's mounting bracket 
to do this, though.   All coax cables enter this enclosure through a 3-inch PVC 
conduit system (way too small - shoulda used 4-inch.)  

     One item I did not do yet was to install a multi-position barrier strip to 
connect the switch to its control cable.  My intention there is eventually to 
install MOVs on the terminals for a bit of lightning protection on the control 
cabling. inside the enclosure.

     I ran one of the ground wires (#2 solid copper) from my tower's leg inside 
the box to a ground terminal lug on the steel itself.  So everything inside can 
be grounded to the tower, to the earth rods, etc.  

     Final touch: a padlock on the outside.  

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Butch" <>
> Hi all,
> I am about to erect a 50' Rohn 25 tower in my back yard. Atop the tower will
> be a small tri-bander, a 6-meter yagi and at the very top, a 10-meter
> vertical for local nets/chatting. Suspended from the tower, just below the
> tri-bander will be my 75-meter dipole. So, I will have 4 runs of coax
> descending the tower to the remote switch and one run from the switch into
> the shack.
> I am planning to install A Polyphaser on each run, above the switch and
> mounted in an enclosure of some type. Any suggestions as to type of
> enclosure works well over time? Sealed? Ventilated? Plastic?
> Metal? get the idea. Thanks.
> Butch K4NAU
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