[TowerTalk] Guyed vs. free-standing

Roger (K8RI) K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Mon Oct 15 20:09:30 EDT 2007

> In a message dated 10/15/2007 2:34:42 P.M. Greenwich Standard Time,
> dhearn at air-pipe.com writes:
> The  self
> supporting tower allows yagis to be raised vertically with ease while 
> guyed
> towers require working the antenna thru the guy  wires.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Wrong.  I and many other hams have successfully raised the antennas,  by

He said with ease and I agree.  It's far easier or takes less hassel to go 
up an self-supporting tower. OTOH it's still not all that difficult to go up 
a guyd tower with an antenna.

> simply dropping the guys, either one group at a time, or by dropping all 
> guys  and

No way will I climb a tower without the guys in place.

Depending on the spacing between the guys you can take a mighty big antenna 
up with the guys in place.
With the "Muel(s)" pulling on the raising rope, I go up the tower guiding 
antenna. When I reach a set of guys I simply rotate the antenna around the 
guys. The antenna only needs a turning radius slightly less than the spacing 
between the guys and with a bit of judicious rotation in the horizontal 
plane you can even exceed that. The most difficult part is at the top of the 
tower if you already have antennas up.  They need to be high enough above 
the top of the tower to be out of the way. Again, it takes a bit of 
inguinity to rotate in two planes to get around the top set and not get 
tangled up with higher antennas.  I've not run into problems even with large 
tribanders and fairly good size monobanders.

> bringing it up the side of the tower.  Of course common sense is of 
> utmost
> importance in doing so....don't do it in heavy winds and so forth. 
> However,
> it can be done on towers not installed with a flat plate or pivot  bases.
> There are a couple of  other ways to go on this without having to  fight 
> the
> guys...trams, and assembling the antennas on the tower.

Trams work well, but they are easier to use with the antennas suspended 
under them rather than riding on top.


Roger (K8RI)
> My plans for raising up all the antennas out here in KH6 is to bring them 
> up
> the side of the 150 foot tower one at a time.
> Bill K4XS/KH7XS
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