[TowerTalk] Freestanding Towers

Thu, 26 Jul 2001 16:34:01 -0400


     I, too, have no way to get a crane close to the tower site (OK - it'll
cost me a lot of bucks, too.)  So I'm building my Trylon piece by piece
above me as I climb it.  I first fully assembled the bottom section with the
base stubs and set it into the hole.  After the concrete cured (a couple of
weeks at least) I hauled the three legs for the second section up on ropes
and bolted them in place.  Then I hauled up the angle pieces for that
section and bolted them in place between the tower legs.  Then I continued
with the legs for the next 8-foot section.  It's a pain but it can be done.
It took me about 2 hours to assemble and straighten out each 8-foot section.

     I have 32 feet of tower (four sections) in place so far.  I'll install
the grounding system (probably next week) before I raise the last four
sections and get ready for antennas.

     This reflector is invaluable for the information you can get from it.
Look through the archives for info on rotator installation, coax grounding,
lightning protection, tools, etc., etc.

73 de
Gene Smar   AD3F
-----Original Message-----
From: Nathaniel Gates <n8rit@yahoo.com>
To: Tower_Talk <towertalk@contesting.com>
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2001 4:07 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Freestanding Towers

>Thanks to everyone who helped with their advice to
>eliminate the un-guyed Rohn/American tower.  My next
>dilemma will be which freestanding tower.  Many have
>suggested the Trylon to which seems to be a great
>tower.  I have noticed that many erect this tower with
>a crane.  I have no way to get a crane near the spot
>to where I wish to erect my tower.  Are there
>alternatives to erecting the Trylon?  What about the
>Universal freestanding tower?  Does anyone have any
>experience with them?
>I remain eternally grateful for all of your input.
>Nathaniel gates, N8RIT
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