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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] new member with tower question
From: Joe - WDØM <>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2008 08:46:11 -0600
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I faced a similar problem - bedrock is just 6 inches under the soil on 
my 5 acres.  The subsurface rock is sandstone.  I put up a 55 foot UST 
TX-455 tower by placing about 4 feet of concrete on TOP of the bedrock, 
anchored by 25 rods cemented into the bedrock.  It's withstood 90 mph 
gusts, and works fine.  It's been there for almost 5 years.

Your conditions may be far different, but there still could be a 
solution, as others have suggested.  You can see how I did it at:

Click on Ham Radio, then Tower Project.

Good luck - hope to hear you on the air.


Joe Hannigan - WDØM
Pagosa Springs, CO

-----Original Message-----
>> From: patrick jankowiak <>
>> Sent: May 27, 2008 1:25 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: [TowerTalk] new member with tower question
>> Hello,
>> I'm new to the list, so I hope my first action of posting a question 
>> here will be acceptable. first let me intro. myself a little. 
>> It looks like I cannot economically put up my 56FT tower due to 
>> "caliche" being 1-2FT under the soil. For those that don't know, "The 
>> caliche reserves in the Llano Estacado in Texas can be used in the 
>> manufacture of Portland cement; the caliche meets the chemical 
>> composition requirements and has been used as a principal raw material 
>> in Portland cement production in at least one Texas plant. Where the 
>> calcium carbonate content is over 80 %, caliche can also be fired and 
>> used as a source of lime in areas, which can then be used for soil 
>> stabilization." I suppose this means I am on concrete for ground. 
>> Anyway, you can't dig into it.


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