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Re: [TowerTalk] How to get another 10' in height? Add a mast or add anot

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] How to get another 10' in height? Add a mast or add another section?
From: K8RI <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:21:57 -0500
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On 1/9/2012 11:23 PM, John W wrote:
> If I have a Rohn 45G tower of a given height, let's say 90', guyed per the 
> Rohn book, and rotating from the base, hosting several side-mounted yagis for 
> 10m (3), 15m (2), and 20m (1), and I want to add another antenna up at 100' 
> (a small 40m 2L) that also rotates with the tower, which one is the 
> safer/better installation:  adding a mast that protrudes 10' above the top of 
> the tower (and for some distance down into the tower), or adding another 10' 
> section and sidemounting the new antenna at the top of it?
The tower section is more rigid and but a linearly loaded 2L 40 is not a 
lot of wind load.
> This is a theoretical question, because I haven't built the tower yet, but I 
> plan to.
> The first reply many might have is probably: Why don't you just build it to 
> 100' per the book, instead of 90'?
> The answer to that is that I don't have enough real estate to put guy anchors 
> 80' from the base, I only have 72' available.
That immediately raises the thought of "set back" rules.  If you only 
have a lot that allows the guys to be out 72'  it's likely you have a 
lot that is less than 200' across.
Here and in most places if the tower falls over it must land on your 
property unless you have written permission from your neighbors.
> Also, I have not even seen hardware that allows adding a FIXED mast at the 
> top of a Rohn tower - sort of like a thrust bearing that can't turn. How is 
> this typically done?
There are many ways the mast could be mounted. To extend 10' above the 
top of the tower it will also need to extend down into the tower. You 
can use angle with saddle clamps, or solid pieces to take the place of 
thrust bearings mounted on accessory shelves and the flat top plate.


Roger (K8RI)


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