This is one of my favorite questions to answer on TT. The best
compilation of tower-related practice was created by N1LO:
http://www.qsl.net/n1lo/tower_ref.pdf . Steve K7LXC also recently published
a book on tower practices. Check out his web pages:
As for other self-supporting towers to consider, take a look at the
Trylon Titan series. You can find a full description on Steve's site. I
built (literally from the ground up) a T-500 in 2001. The max height
available with this model is 72 feet. It's a true medium-duty tower; I
suggest you check out the full loading capability of whatever tower you
select vs the antenna loads you intend to install on it. You can also
select Trylon's T-600 series - it's a bit beefier but the maximum height is
64 feet (one section less than the T-500 series.)
Pouring all the concrete at one time is a good idea. The mixer truck
will mess up your yard only once.
GL es 73 de
Gene Smar AD3F
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce Sawtelle" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2010 6:13 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Starting at square 1 - Looking at TX or HDX 38'
self-supporting tower + Steppir 3El Beam
> New guy on the block......
> Some Background: The last time a I had a tower was in the early 70's in
> Penna, where I had a 40' Rohn 25G(?) tower, attached to the side of my 2
> story house at the 20' point. Never poured a lick of concrete and it
> supported a TA-34 and 11 El 2M beam.
> Now it's almost 40 years later and I'm looking to put up a self-supporting
> tower (thinking 38' but may go for 55' TX or HDX series...other
> suggestions??). I still have both antennas (and both work!!), but I'm
> looking to upgrade to a Steppir 3El beam. Will still put up the trusty
> Cushcraft 11 El 2M beam as well. Also, I have a HAM-M rotor from the same
> "dark ages" (it works too, just fired it up last month), but I suspect it
> may not be suitable (need to dig up some specs on it). Will likely have an
> 80 meter antenna hanging off of it as well.
> Where this best place to get a primer and details on:
> Sizing the tower to handle the load (I have the info from Steppir's page
> All the "prep work" for the base forms, concrete type, "tips/tricks"
> All the "legal (permits, etc) stuff to raise the tower. (I'm in a
> subdivision and the good news is that there are a couple hams nearby with
> towers so I hope I can use "precedence" to allow another tower to go up.My
> lot is approx 60 x 120, so not a lot of space to work with
> All utilities are underground (made that a requirement when we moved to
> Austin in 1985)
> Pros/cons ($$s) of motorized raising option for the tower.
> Any other gotchas I need to be looking out for.......
> One the the deals with the XYL is that we build a work shed in the back
> yard as well. Thought I might get some advantages out of it and have all
> the concrete poured at one time for example
> In addition to the tower info, comments on the Steppir and other antennas
> welcome as well!!
> tnx es 73
> Bruce -W3NJ
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