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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Build
From: Mike Reublin NF4L <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:11:36 -0400
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Take a look here or Google for antenna 
hinge. I built one, works great.

73, Mike NF4L

> On Jul 3, 2015, at 2:32 AM, Bryan Swadener via TowerTalk 
> <> wrote:
> I'll throw my comments in here. A few years ago, I erected my first tower, a 
> used US Tower TX472 that came to me in GREAT shape. I installed a Force12 
> C-4XL 40/20/15/10m yagi on top. It has 9 elements on a 30 foot 5-section 
> boom. At first, after tilting the tower over, I accessed the yagi with the 
> use of a 12' step ladder. Access to the 10m λ/2 vertical on top of the mast 
> above the yagi was impossible.
> Then, it struck me that I could easily partially disassemble the yagi by 
> removing 1/4" bolts that secure the sections of boom + element(s), and then 
> continue to tilt the tower down. Removing two sections of boom + elements 
> allows me to tilt the tower to COMPLETELY horizontal. I now do all antenna 
> work with both feet on the ground. No crane needed. To keep the yagi from 
> pinwheeling, I use a simple clamp assembly to hold the mast when the yagi is 
> partially disassembled.
> I also recommend the books mentioned by Steve K7LXC. His "Up The Tower" book 
> answered all my questions, and some I didn't know I had. The main thing I got 
> from the book was to try to do it according to zoning and permitting 
> requirements. I did. His collaboration with Ward Silver NØAX on "HF Tribander 
> Performance - Test Methods & Results" was a good read as well. When the C-4XL 
> came available, I jumped on it.
> vy 73 es gl,Bryan WA7PRC
>    Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 21:25:10 -0400
> From: Mike Reublin NF4L
> To: towertalk reflector
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Build
> A guyed tower is nice if you climb, or have cheap easy access to a climber 
> and/or crane. As we age, and climbers become a real rarity,  a crank-up 
> tilt-over becomes a much better choice. Antennas, rotors and coax WILL need 
> attention at some time.
> 73, Mike NF4L
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