[Antennaware] Guying a 40' Fiberglass Mast...Alone

aa4nn aa4nn at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 6 09:10:12 EDT 2008

The job you have at hand is an easy one.
Let your xyl hold the mast while you go around
adjusting the bottom guy lines to get the mast
a bit perpendicular and stable.  Do the middle
guys next, then the top guys.  It takes a lot of
walking for one person to adjust the guys while
a second one eyeballs the perpendicular but
that's about how it goes..

I would hope you have attached a pulley and
pull rope to the top of the mast so that you can
now pull up the support point of your G5RV.

73, Joe, aa4nn

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Alain Michel" <opalockamishabob at yahoo.com>
To: <antennaware at contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 12:32 AM
Subject: [Antennaware] Guying a 40' Fiberglass Mast...Alone

> Hello All,
> This mast is going to support the feedpoint of my 204' G5RV.
> The 2" bottom mast will slide into an 8', 2 3/8" galvanized fence post, 
> which is set into 4' of concrete. The spot is on a 25% grade; this caused 
> me some concern regarding the length of my guy ropes, but I believe that 
> I've got enough 3/16" Dacron to complete the job.
> I am going to tie the Dacron ropes [to galvanized thimbles and then] to 
> spikes at four [compass] points on the ground,  outside the 33' diameter 
> circle from the center post. Guy points on the mast will be at 16', 23' 
> and 30'.
> I plan on leaving 20"+/- of each spike above ground.
> What is the best way for one person to get the mast as perpendicular to 
> the ground as possible, while running from "point to point" to last down 
> the mast while it's teetering?! My wife and I attempted to lash down this 
> unruly 40 footer in a very light wind on Sunday, with little success!
> I'll be handling 12 long guy ropes, so any assistance from anyone who's 
> done this alone [or with one's XYL/OM!] would be most welcomed!
> Anything I'm forgetting?
> Many thanks for taking the time to respond!
> Alan...KI6HPO
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