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Re: [TowerTalk] Highway light poles

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Highway light poles
From: Ian White GM3SEK <>
Reply-to: Ian White GM3SEK <>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 07:49:24 +0100
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Russell Hill wrote:
>Hello All:
>I am curious about the substantial and tall light poles seen along
>interstates and various interchanges.  They look to have internal cables,
>both mechanical and electrical, and could be in the ballpark of 100 feet
>high.  They have external pulleys on top so the light array can be lowered
>for maintenance.
>They would not be very useful for Yagis, Quads, and the like, but with the
>internal hoisting cables might be useful for slopers, rhombics, high
>dipoles, etc.
>I would guess they are quite expensive, but that is an assumption.  Does
>anyone know anything about these?

I have written user instructions for a road traffic management company 
that used the 40ft poles for camera installations. The same thoughts 
about ham antennas passed through my mind too, but I didn't see any 
specifications or prices.

The tram system requires a custom electric winch to handle the hoisting 
cable. The winch is only needed when the tram system is in use, so it is 
designed to be detachable and transported from site to site. Thus the 
cost of the winch would normally be shared among a large number of 
poles; but it would be a much more significant addition to the cost of a 
single pole.


73 from Ian GM3SEK         'In Practice' columnist for RadCom (RSGB)

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