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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Yaesu Rotor Pinning Alternative
From: Tony <>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 15:07:20 -0400
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Dick et al...

Thanks for the suggestions and comments. I installed the new Yaesu 
G-2800 this week and decided to use the shear pin. This rotor seems to 
be a big step up from the G-1000 and I think it will hold up much 
better. I haven't had the chance to take the old G-1000 apart yet, but I 
can tell from the grinding sounds it makes that it's not going to look 
pretty inside.

Thanks again.

Tony, K2MO

On 4/8/2012 12:35 AM, Dick Green WC1M wrote:
> It depends on the mast clamp. The M2 Orion is a big rotator, but the mast
> clamp design is seriously flawed, guaranteed to slip with a big load.
> The G-2800 is pretty good as clamps go, but regular inspection of any
> antenna/mast clamp is advisable. A friend of mine installed a G-2800 many
> years ago, I think it was 15 or 20 years, and it held 16 sq ft of antennas
> stacked on the mast quite nicely -- until it didn't. The mast was pinned,
> but over that long period of time the nuts on the u-bolts gradually
> loosened, and the mast was able to turn just enough to eventually shear off
> the bolt used for pinning. Then the freewheeling began.
> I don't think there's any such thing as a maintenance-free tower. It's
> amazing how long my friend's rotator held the mast, but regular
> inspection/tightening would have been a good idea nonetheless. As far as
> rotator and mast clamps go, if you have a good system and the bolts are
> torqued properly, an inspection every couple of years will probably be
> enough.
> 73, Dick WC1M
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: []
>> Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2012 10:30 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Yaesu Rotor Pinning Alternative
>> I used two Yaesu G-2800 DXA rotators at P40A to turn 10m though 40m
>> monobanders.  The wind almost never stops in Aruba and I never had a
>> failure or slippage when installing it according to the manufacture's
>> specifications.   Your G-1000 probably failed because it was too small
>> for
>> your application.  Buy a big enough rotator and you don't have to worry
>> about a "slippage fuse" for heavy winds.
>> John KK9A
>> Subject:[TowerTalk] Yaesu Rotor Pinning Alternative From:Tony
>> <>  Date:Fri, 06 Apr 2012 23:23:12 -0400
>> All,
>> I'll be installing a new Yaesu G-2800 rotor next week to replace a
>> broken G-1000. The rotor had been making noise before it finally stopped
>> turning so it's most likely mechanical failure. The mast pin did not
>> shear, but there is heavy wear.
>> I was thinking of an alternative to pinning to avoid another expensive
>> failure; some sort of rubber material to grip the mast. The problem is
>> that you can't apply much torque to the aluminum clamps so I'm not sure
>> if it will hold. What's really needed is a steel set of replacement
>> clamps.
>> So, is anyone using a Yaesu G-2800 without a pin?
>> Tony
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