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Re: [TowerTalk] Freestanding tower, narrow city lot

To: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Freestanding tower, narrow city lot
From: J B <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 13:44:13 -0700 (PDT)
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There are several things that we cannot see on this end that must be done 
before any construction begins.
The first would be a good soil analysis, due to the fact that you physically 
need to know what is below the ground and how much support to expect.  The 
second would be the location of the tower - I would think that the state of 
Maine would be much different then the state of Florida.
If you get my point.
The third is location.
I believe that the national electric code requires you to stay one and one half 
times the height away from any power line.
Without being able to physically see the location, there is no way for me or 
anyone else to physically look into our crystal ball and see what your location 
looks like.
Might I suggest that you call someone that erects towers for a living and have 
them come and physically look at your situation and advise you before you begin 
any construction.
Just as a person that does not have any carpentry, electrical, plumbing 
experience wouldn't think of trying to build their own home without blueprints 
and advice / nor would someone try to put up a tower with no experience or 

Can you see my point?

--- On Sun, 4/18/10, Benson <> wrote:

> From: Benson <>
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Freestanding tower, narrow city lot
> To:
> Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 1:42 PM
> I'm interested in putting up a
> freestanding aluminum tower in my small 
> back yard. Our lot is a narrow one; the main house is
> toward the front 
> of the lot, and there is a detached two-story garage
> apartment at the 
> back of the lot. Where I want the tower is the slightly
> sloped grassy 
> yard area between the two buildings. My preference is the
> Universal 
> 12-40. Question: since there is not room to assemble the
> tower and 
> antennas on the ground and push the whole thing up, how
> difficult is it 
> for an experienced tower person (obviously not me!) to
> erect the tower 
> piece by piece, and install a hex-beam on the top? I
> understand that 
> this tower model is overkill for a hexbeam, but I want the
> tower to be 
> able to support larger/more antennae in the future.
> Benson, NE4W
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