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Re: [TowerTalk] K0XG Orbital Rotor on US Tower HDX589

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] K0XG Orbital Rotor on US Tower HDX589
From: "Andre VanWyk" <>
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Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 10:55:28 -0500
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I mounted a Tic-Ring on a US Tower before right at the end of the 2nd last 
upper section and it lasted just fine. I think a good habit of a crank-up tower 
owner with "substantial" load on it, would be to monitor weather and have it 
cranked down if something bad is on the horizon.... I only use motorized 
towers, so to crank it up or down when not in use is fairly easy.
My problem with the Tic-Rings were lack of customer support, so I am exploring 
other avenues. Needless to say, I am well aware of the load limits on my 
towers, so I am approaching this with caution, hence my post.

I now live in Northern MN, and since I mostly operate weekends, it is fairly 
easy to press a button to crank the tower up and down again if I do not plan on 
playing radio for a few days.

I am afraid I share the same concerns with the weight of the much heavier K0XG 
ring, and option B would be an additional crank-up to carry the rest of the 

In my opinion a crank-up is NOT a substitution for a Guyed tower, and you have 
to live with it's limitations. However, for my current operating habits, and 
all the cussing I did climbing up my Rohn 55G back in TX to remove Tic-Ring 
motors and replace bad potentiometers, this seems like a much nicer idea for 
the amount of time I have for my hobby at present...    

Thanks for your comments / suggestions and for this reflector!


PS: That is why we do have insurance and pay the outrageous premiums, right?

Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:17 AM
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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] K0XG Orbital Rotor on US Tower HDX589 

In a message dated 10/12/2011 8:33:14 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:
  >  Anyone out there with this configuration or mounted one of these Orbital 
rotors (K0XG) on a crank-up before? I would like to exchange ideas as this is 
my plan.
      Where are you proposing to mount it? I'd say the only place you could 
mount it feasibly is on the bottom section. Any other place and the added 
weight of this brute sidemount will exceed the capacity of the tower 
immediately even with no antenna on it. . 
      Montgomery County is an 85 MPH windspeed zone and it's tough getting any 
crank-up with much capacity over 70 MPH. 

      If you proceed with this plan, be sure to keep your homeowner's insurance 
paid up because you're going to need it.

  Steve     K7LXC
  Professional tower services for hams
  UST factory authorized installer
  Cell: 206-890-4188



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