[TowerTalk] What is..."Pointed Tower vs Flat"

K5RC tom at k5rc.cc
Thu Jul 10 13:55:06 EDT 2008

This type of base is called pier and pin. It was popularized when AM
broadcast towers frequently used Rohn 25 as radiators. I have seen it used
on 1,500' commercial towers as well. The pier is a huge ceramic insulator
when it needs to be insulated.  I just put one in concrete this week in
preparation for moving my 110' 160 Vertical. I don't think they are popular
with hams because they are most safely erected with a crane until the first
guy level is secured and tensioned. 

Tom Taormina, K5RC
Virginia City NV

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Most BIG commercial towers are the kind that come to point at the  bottom.  
This design helps to reduce torque stress on a tower (I  think).  Most ham 
towers are "flat" on the bottom.
The pointed ones use a "pin" of some sort and require guying of some sort  
from the first section.  The flat ones eventually require guying at some
 I prefer the flat type since it is easy to temporarily remove a set  of guy

wires to slide an antenna up the side of a tower.  One can not do  that with

the pointed type since it must be continuously guyed.
W2GD was recently injured by riding down 30 feet of tower that was
by a pin.  Accidents can and do happen on both types of  tower.

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