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Re: [TowerTalk] tower insulators

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] tower insulators
From: "Pat Barthelow" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 19:29:56 -0700
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> >I have been slowly gathering parts needed for an insulated from ground 
> >to use on 160 and 80.Got 90 feet of tower now and looking for some
> >insulators.I saw a while back that Array Solutions had some for like 200
> >bucks,now all I see is the ones for 1095 bucks.That won't work.Any help?
> >Greg  K9KL

Hello Greg,

Here is an out of the box think on your problem.  I got a Coast Guard 
aluminum anodized 90 ft radiator that was removed from the Coast Guard 
station in Monterey, for free.   An old navaid no longer used.  The radiator 
was mounted on a Lapis brand conical insulator with steel top plate with 
mounting studs, and a steel fitting on the ceramic base, that would be 
placed on a, say, 2" short stud, protruding about 3" above a concrete base.  
See these pictures of similar, though slightly larger Lapis insulators:

You miight look for some ham/Broadcast Engineers in your area to see if 
there are any graveyards with old antenna stuff in them, maybe insulators.

The other thing is, a lot of old navaids are being taken down, Non 
Directional Beacons.. perhaps there is one nearby that you can salvage parts 
from.. Again I think It would be good to look up Broadcast engineers in your 

Pat, AA6EG


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