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Re: [TowerTalk] Rohn SSV Parts Source

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Rohn SSV Parts Source
From: "Kenneth Goodwin" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:30:08 -0600
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After many years, I still use Hill Radio

The Rohn catalog which is on-line has what is available for the SSV line
along with some engineering plans for the base, etc.

I would like to know what you mean as to "antenna mount"?  I had to custom
fabricate plates for my SSV's rotator and antenna platforms.  I used a TB3
thrust bearing on the top platform and recently used an old TB3 as a
pseudo-third platform so I could remove the rotator without having to fully
remove the mast.

I have an 80 foot SSV that has a 7N bottom section (7N --> 4N).  This was
designed by Rohn for 100 feet (7N --> 3N) based on the wind load I gave them
which was probably a Hy-Gain 3-element tribander.  I chickened out and went
with just 80 feet by not using the 3N section. So for nominal loads at the
top (I have a 3-el 40 Meter beam), I wouldn't want to go beyond 120 feet
with an 8N bottom section.  The 2N section is really small from my
perspective, especially at 140 feet off the deck.

I rented a crane to erect the tower and incorporated a built in custom gin
pole system for the antennas.  I live right next to the Gulf of Mexico and
the tower after 27 years shows no effects of wear or salt water effects.  It
is really a low maintenance tower and it had no problems with two hurricanes
however for the antennas - another story!! I did recently spray cold
galvanize paint on the two upper (solid) sections since I was beginning to
see some effects on the galvanize but this was more preventative than
mandatory.  Probably the best investment in a long wear tower anybody could
make.  My biggest problem is that the XYL would prefer that I stop climbing
it!!  You will probably wear out long before the tower does!!

Ken K5RG

Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 08:55:27 -0600
From: "Marvin Gorden" <>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Rohn SSV parts source
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I just purchased a used 140 foot SSV with a 8N bottom section.

Who is likely the best price source for SSV parts?  Bolt kit, anchor bolts
and antenna mount for top section.



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