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Re: [TowerTalk] Crank-up mast mechanics.

To: "Roger \(K8RI\)" <>, "Tower Talk" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Crank-up mast mechanics.
From: "David J Windisch" <>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 05:40:48 -0400
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There was a QST article in the '60s describing a 2-piece square-tubing steel 
thing which went up from ~30' to ~60' or so.  Held a tribander  and 2L 40 
iirc. 73 Dave N3HE

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From: "Roger (K8RI)" <>
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Sent: Saturday, May 24, 2008 4:29 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Crank-up mast mechanics.

> Is there a good description of the mechanics for a crank up mast on the
> web?  I'm looking at three sections or more.  I've found a couple of
> basic designs, but I haven't be satisfied with the safety aspect and
> they were basically just crank up poles.  Standard pipe (schedule 40)
> might or might not be strong enough so some sections could be schedule
> 80.  In addition to the raising cable(s) there need to be guides to
> prevent each section from rotating inside the next larger size.  A
> single cable, although easy to route has to support the entire weight so
> it should have some sort of latching mechanism. (a single pulley in the
> base of each section with a single on the outside at the top of the
> section) It'd be even nicer if each section could be raised and lowered
> independently of the rest which of course would mean a winch mounted at
> the top of the previous section which would add overall weight and a
> larger wind profile. Ideally the entire mast would rotate.  Also the
> *innards* need to be accessible if the cable breaks or hangs up.
> If all else fails I can build a "rotating", fold over mast of the
> desired height that would use the support for a raising fixture which
> would be much simpler and far less expensive, but I'd really like to go
> with the crank up.  However, right now the rotating, fold-over looks to
> be much more practical and much faster to build at probably 1/3 to 1/4
> of the price for the rotating, crank-up.
> I have lots of ideas and could eventually build one to easily get 60
> feet, but I'd rather not go through all the design and experimentation
> stages if the information is available.  That sort of experimenting is,
> or can be expensive. I tend to err on the conservative side so if I do
> the design it'll be far heavier than an existing design.  As it is the
> price of steel is well over twice what I was paying just a couple years
> ago and the local supplier told me to expect another 40% to 80% by the
> end of summer I need to get busy.  I used to use a lot of steel for
> building assembly jigs, tables, and other fixtures including masts and
> telescoping masts.  Even the 60' fold over is going to be a bit pricey
> just for the material.
> This would replace the 25G which is replacing an old 40' Aluminum tower
> and will support the tri-bander that is now on top of the 45G which
> hopefully will make room so something on 40.
>  At least that is the current thought.
> 73
> Roger (K8RI)
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