In my experience (MADP-770/MARB-770), the antenna will be more of a
determining factor than the MA-550. When the tower is properly installed,
you can turn the tube easily with one hand, much like a standard mast.
There's no weight on the rotor, either. Proper installation can be a bit
tricky. Check the Tower Talk Archives for my posts on this subject.
I've used a Hy-Gain T2X to turn my tube for about 10 years, with loads
ranging from 4 sq ft to the max of 9.5 sq ft, and booms up to 30 feet. No
problem (once I found a T2X that didn't have the infamous cold weather
sticking problem.) You may be able to get away with a Ham IV if you're
turning a small antenna.
73, Dick WC1M
From: Alan L. Whitman [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 7:19 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] MARB-550
I am thinking about purchasing the MA-550 with the MARB base (i.e.
rotating tower). What I have not been able to figure out is what size
rotator to buy. Do I just use the wind load area for the antennas, or
do I add something for the torque needed to turn the tower itself. It
seems that it must take more force to rotate the whole thing vs. the
antennas and mast alone.
73 de Alan K6ZY
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