[TowerTalk] cheap hams

Keith Dutson kdutson at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 18 19:49:33 EDT 2006

Well, I did leave out a few things.  But $1500 for a tribander is overkill.
You seem to have pulled your figures out of your hat.  The ones I listed are
current prices.  Also, someone commented off-list that 10 yards of concrete
is way too much.  That may be true if you don't live in Texas where we do
things BIG. :)

73, Keith NM5G

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[mailto:towertalk-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Jim Brown
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 5:32 PM
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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] cheap hams

On Fri, 18 Aug 2006 16:59:17 -0500, Keith Dutson wrote:

> What did I leave out? 

You've only listed tower hardware at retail, which totals $4,800. 
Add taxes, typically 8%, plus shipping, 8% is probably a low number for
stuff like this. Now we're up to $5,500. The antenna isn't free. 
Add $1,500 plus the same tax and shipping. In most jurisdictions, the design
must be done (and stamped) by a licensed structural engineer. These guys
typically charge $150/hr. I'd allow $500-$1K. 
Permits. $200 if you're lucky. By now we're at about $8K. 

And that's for your hardware laying on the ground. Most of us are going to
have to pay for at least some of the labor to get it up in the air. 

Add to your list of hardware some ground rods, grounding hardware, and
lightning protection devices at both ends of the coax. $200, plus tax and

The number I'm carrying around in my head is $10K for a properly done tower
and antenna, and I may be low. 


Jim Brown K9YC


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