The MA-550 cannot be guyed and there's no kit for it. Guy wires would exert
substantial downward force on the tower, and all of this force would be borne
solely by the wire rope cables that raise and lower the tower and provide all
support for the structure when it's raised. The greater the wind, the greater
the downward force. I don't know the specific numbers, but would imagine even a
modest wind could exceed the breaking strength of the cables.
Though I've never seen one, I have a manual for one of the Wilson tubular
towers. They had steel pins to support the tubes independently of the cables.
After raising the tower, the pins would click into place and you could slack
off the cables. Then the guys could be tensioned, exerting their force on the
pins, not the cables. For lowering, you would slack the guys, then operate a
mechanism that would pull out the pins (I imagine you had to crank up the tower
slightly to take the pressure off the pins.) Then you could lower the tower.
Obviously, this design was intended for leaving the tower up most of the time,
rather than raising and lowering it frequently. It certainly wouldn't be
compatible with the US Tower motorized raising/lowering and remote control
systems, and I suspect most of US Tower's tubular tower customers buy the
product because they don't want a guyed tower.
73, Dick WC1M
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 12:19 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Experience with MA550 tower
> I don't know just how exact the old discontinued Wilson MT-61 tower is
> compared to the UST MA-550. I've seen several articles that say
> they're basically the same tower, can use the same raising fixtures
> and other accessories.
> Someone sent me .pdf files of the installation manual about a year ago
> for the MT-61 and a separate manual for the optional guying system for
> it. Maybe there's some similar guying method available for the MA-550?
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: K7LXC@aol.com
> >Sent: May 7, 2008 9:02 AM
> >To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
> >Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Experience with MA550 tower
> >In a message dated 4/29/2008 8:37:00 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> >email@example.com writes:
> >> Anyone have favorable/unfavorable comments about this tower?
> > On the plus side, aesthetically they're pretty reasonable. This
> is a
> >light-duty tower with a limited amount of capacity. If you live in a
> windy area,
> >I'd be pretty careful.
> >> I'm thinking of a used one and, looking at the 4 eham reviews,
> there's a
> >lot of talk about moving towers and needing to add guy wires.
> > Huh?!? Where does the manufacturer specify guy-wires? More
> >engineering. :-( My advice is to follow the LXC Prime Directive to
> "DO what the
> >manufacturer says." The reverse is also true.
> >Steve K7LXC
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