This is a great question that has been on my mind for a while. I was very
tempted to try to model it, but never found the time to do so. I also thought
that all I care about is the CW/RTTY portion of 80m.
That said, I decided to see what DX Engineering offers on their site for 80 m.
Two very interesting observations from the 80m vertical installation manual:
1) they use very small size tubing, not even close to what I am considering (my
current 40m vertical uses better tubing!!!)
2) they claim a very wide bandwidth
So if their 80m verticals are half as good as they claim, the much beefier size
tubing I am considering should do very well.
From: Jorge Diez - CX6VM <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: 'Rudy Bakalov' <email@example.com>; TexasRF@aol.com;
Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2012 7:36 PM
Subject: RE: [TowerTalk] Choice of aluminum
What´s the bandwidth of this verticals compare with towers?
De: TowerTalk [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] En nombre de Rudy
Enviado el: sábado, 13 de octubre de 2012 21:04
Para: TexasRF@aol.com; email@example.com
Asunto: Re: [TowerTalk] Choice of aluminum
Thanks for the comprehensive answer. I didn't realize that 6061-T6 is more
expensive than 6063 as I was looking online prices in chunks of 12 and 24'.
Just for kicks I prices a 4-Square set of verticals made of 24' sections of
3", 2.5", and 2.0", 0.25" wall thickness. $2,300 delivered for the set.
Doesn't look that bad compared to dealing with towers and tower crews.
From: "TexasRF@aol.com" <TexasRF@aol.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2012 6:36 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Choice of aluminum
Hi Rudy, 6061-T6 aluminum has a yield strength rating the same as 6063-T832
that is sold by Texas Towers and others.
The 6061-T6 costs more than 6063-T832 because of the extra
heating/quenching steps needed to reach the rated yield strength. 6063-T832
reaches the rated yield strength by work hardening the material in the
If you want a self supporting vertical, then you would need to go through
the same process as designing a 80 meter beam element with most of the
weight left out of the calculations. Just as a guess I would expect the
section to be about 4" diameter with a .25" wall.
This is not a trivial structure! Please proceed with caution!
If you want a guyed vertical, there are a number of them that have been on
the air long enough to think about duplicating one. W5UN is one that comes
In a message dated 10/13/2012 4:09:30 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
I was wondering if anyone can help me select the right material for
full-size 80m verticals. My questions are as follows:
>1) metalsupermarkets.com offers
6061-T6 aluminum, but not T8. Is there a difference between T6 and T8 for
>2) Should go for the 0.125 or 0.065 wall thickness?
>3) Is 1"
tubing OK for the topmost segment? Too stiff for the wind at 70'? Not
>I am aware that many ham stores offer 6061-T8 tubing, but I
do want to buy it local in VE3, close to my QTH, in 12' lengths (instead
6') and avoid shipping complications due to length or clearing
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