I have copies of a few pages from the Basset Handbook of Rotary Beam Design
for 1939. The Bassett folks had a series of commercial products like a 4
element 20 meter antenna with a rotor for $121. The boom was not round but
looks more like a ladder.
They also had some interesting tower sections that were made of wood. For
$88, you could purchase a 36 foot wood tower that was 3 feet square at the
bottom and 15 inches square at the top. Each tower section was 6 foot in
I'm also interested in other options on the market from this era.
73 Terry - AB5K
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Lux" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 6:30 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] When was the first tower & beam used?
> here's a real tower question...
> When did hams start to use a directive antenna on a tower with a
> rotator? I'm thinking after the 40s. The Yagi wasn't invented til
> the late 20s, and wasn't widely known until after the war. The W8JK
> was probably around the same time. The cubical quad was in 1939 at
> HCJB, but that was probably not rotatable.
> Perhaps about the same time as LPDAs were used for TV.
> Jim, W6RMK
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