You have all convinced me. To a man, everyone says go with the flat
top. One of my buddies at work, an ME with a lot of experience, said he
was pretty sure there would be very little difference in the strength of
the two, and your notes below sealed it for me. I really like the other
advantages of the flat top section. I'm going with it (which is a
change of plans). I'm glad I asked.
73 & thanks,
On Fri, 2008-04-18 at 20:13 -0400, K7LXC@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 4/16/2008 7:54:02 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> > Looking at a picture of the 45AG2, you should be sure your rotator will
> through the Z bracing. Also, it seems that if that long mast sleeve isn't
> perfectly aligned, you're guaranteed to have a mast that is out of alignment
> and cause serious problems for your rotator. Finally, once installed, your
> antenna and particularly any truss system above it are going to be out of
> reach, since there's no way to stand on a 45AG2.
> All excellent points. I might also point out that the taper tops are not as
> strong as a flat plate top. I've seen 2 broken pointy tops - one was 25G and
> the other was 45G. There is just some smallish welded metal holding them
> And I saw a pointy top downtube that was welded out of plumb. Yes, a
> semi-fatal problem that wasn't caught on the ground.
> Steve K7LXC
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