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Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Consult

To: TowerTalk <>,"Dick, W1KSZ" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Consult
From: Gene Smar <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2007 14:26:26 -0500 (CDT)
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      I went with a self-supporting Trylon myself six years ago.  I had almost 
no choice but to go with a non-guyed tower; my back yard is very small and the 
guys would have been draped over the house.  Ugly.

     However, I had no trouble having the base excavated by a backhoe operator 
for a small fee.  The rebard cage was easy to build and to install and the ten 
yards of concrete (I overdid the hole a bit) filled the excavation in a half an 

     Had I gone with the guyed tower, I would have had to dig three more holes, 
ensuring they were in the proper place relative to the tower base.  The guy 
wires would have been another issue to contend with (I would have needed two 
sets of guys for my 65-70 foot tower.)  

     When I installed my antennas, I had two Hams (myself and N3RR) climb it 
with no problem.  We had plenty of room atop to work safely.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F

From: "Dick, W1KSZ" <>
Date: 2007/06/16 Sat PM 12:03:05 CDT
To: TowerTalk <>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Tower Consult

I recently retired and am planning to re-locate to Tucson, AZ (from
Lexington, MA). I am in the enviable position of rebuilding the shack
and putting up a new antenna system.
At present, I have narrowed the choice of towers to either 80' of
Rohn 45 or an 80' Universal Aluminum Free-Standing tower.
On top I am looking at a Tennadyne 8 or 10 el HF Log with a 6 Meter
antenna above that (10' separation).
The Rohn is the "classic" approach but the Universal is very inviting.
First, no guys are required but it takes a lot more concrete in the base.
Also, not sure how easy it would be for two guys to climb it to install
the antennas.
The Rohn, while adequate, has it's drawbacks. Namely three sets of Guys
and three more concrete piers.
I would appreciate comments on my "predicament" and suggestions are


73, Dick, W1KSZ
73, Dick, W1KSZ

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