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Re: [TowerTalk] Neighbor Friendly Towers/Antennas

To: "Derek Cohn/WB0TUA" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Neighbor Friendly Towers/Antennas
From: "Rick Karlquist" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 18:01:42 -0800
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I have an MA550 with a 2 element SteppIR on a 50 ft wide
lot in an expensive silicon valley area, and no complaints
from neighbors.  I have the motor winch.  It is extremely
reliable even after 25 years.  The hand winches make a lot
of racket from the ratchet.  If you insist on hand winching,
get a worm gear winch.  Another thing you can do is get
a hand winch but turn it with a drill as described here:

You need to look for a quiet drill.

The 2 element SteppIR is very clean looking, and you can
even add the 30/40 trombone dipole, without too much extra
visual clutter.  I would do that except I will be selling
the QTH soon.

Rick N6RK

Derek Cohn/WB0TUA wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I have finally decided to get off my butt and see about getting a tower
> put up.  I live in an inner ring suburb in the St. Louis, MO area with not
> much property so I'm looking at neighbor pleasing options.
> Two towers that I'm considering are:
> * US Tower MA-40 with a free standing base
> * Force 12 LPT-1242 bracketed so it's free standing
> For low visual impact antennas, I am considering the Optibeam OBW10-5,
> Force 12 C3SS, or Cushcraft MA5B.
> I'm looking for advice....
> My neighbors are reasonalby supportive but I would like to crank down the
> tower when I'm not using it.  I'm a reasonably healthy 47 year old and I'm
> wondering if those towers are easily cranked down.  I know that the US
> Tower has a motor accessory but I'm trying to keep it simple to avoid
> failure, maintenance, etc.  Does anyone on this list have one of these
> that they crank up/down manually?  Is it easily do-able for a healthy guy?
> Are there any other neighbor friendly tower options that I should
> consider?  Are there any other antenna options I should consider?
> Thanks for any advice you guys can give me,
> Derek Cohn
> Morse Telegraph Club - Alton Chapter
> Office UD, Sine DJ
> Amateur Radio Station - WBØTUA
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