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Re: [TowerTalk] wind load

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] wind load
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 15:31:19 -0500
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 Just to remind you that when you start to calculate how the tower behave at 
various wind speeds you have to consider the surface of the rest of the tower. 
Yes, the force from the antenna is varying propositional to the square of the 
wind speed but the forces on the rest of the tower is varying the same way. You 
need that data too. The tower might be overloaded at 100 mph even without any 
additional antennas.

Hans - N2JFS




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From: Charles Coldwell <>
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Sent: Thu, Feb 18, 2010 2:37 pm
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] wind load

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 1:34 PM, Stan Stockton <> wrote:
> I could be wrong about this but have always thought (from an old Rohn book)
> that 70 MPH equated to 30 pounds per SF of antenna.

OK, so in my example if the maximum wind load at 70 MPH is 15 sq ft,
and we have 30 pounds per square foot, that works out to 450 pounds of
force.  That sounds reasonable.

If we believe the force grows as the wind speed squared, and that a 70
MPH wind puts 30 pounds per square foot of force on the tower (and
that a 0 MPH wind puts 0 pounds), then the constant of proportionality
is 30/4900.  So that means the general formula would be

F = 3/490 * W * W * A

where F is the force in pounds, W is the wind speed in MPH, and A is
the antenna effective cross-sectional area in square feet.

What's the title/author of the Rohn book?

Charles M. Coldwell, W1CMC
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Winchester, Massachusetts, New England (FN42kk)

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