How long would you want to expect to be in a home to justify the expense of a
tower install versus other antennas?
I have a small backyard (70' x 100' roughly) with three trees in/around it that
are no good for dipoles or other wire antennas, but enough room to squeeze a
tower between them. I also have a Hy-Gain AV640 ready to go up for 30/40 meter
coverage, and a roughly 20' tall, foldover support (4" OD/3.5" ID diameter pipe
on lower section) to get that vertical up a bit, which allegedly helps the
Due to health issues (someone else's) I have access to a free Glen Martin 50',
18" on a side tower/hazer and Mosley TA-53M. My xyl wants the guy-wires
elevated, and I live on top of limestone. Short story: to put this up, I'm
looking (with coax, new rotor cable, etc) at about $2500, another $1000 if I
want to push it to 60' (which with the trees I might).
Now my wife is talking about moving in two to five years...
Would you guys put up a tower if you thought you'd be moving in that
time-frame, or settle for a vertical? I may just sell the NIB AV640 and put up
a Big Steppir vertical instead...I couldn't lay down 66' radials, or many that
long, but I could have most longer than 35 feet, so 80 might be OK. From all I
read, lay down 180 radials or so and I'd likely have a much better performer
out of the Big Steppir vertical than the 3/8 wave Hy-Gain.
I know this is slightly off-topic, but it is tower-related. WIth the small
yard the guyed tower is not optimal, of course. The AN Wireless
self-supporting towers look much more attractive and while needing more
concrete, don't need the concrete for guy supports, more phillystran, etc.
Advice is warmly welcomed and accepted. This is not going to be a contest
station--ever--but a relaxing improvement over my mobile set up (where I worked
3B7C on 40, barefoot...). For contests I'm part of the stable at K5GO.
FYI, the free tower belongs to my dad, N0JT. At 84 he has so much trouble
getting up and down to and from the basement that he doesn't go on the air, and
I am TRYING to convince him to let me move the rig/amp/rotor control into his
bedroom. Wish me luck...I'd rather seem him have a few weeks, months or years
of pleasure than just give it to me because of the stairs. But OTs can be
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