[TowerTalk] Tower Challenged

Gene Smar ersmar at verizon.net
Sun Jul 27 21:45:59 EDT 2008


     I agree with Tom - don't use the chimney to mount any appreciable-sized antenna.  The chimney may look sturdy but mostly they are three sides of brick that are attached to the house with galvanized steel straps layed up between the mortar layers and nailed to the house walls.  A good wind blowing against a decent size antenna load above the roof could push this entire chimney assembly over onto the ground.  As others have suggested, a roof-top tower, properly tied into the roofing trusses, would be a much safer alternative.

73 de
Gene Smar  AD3F  (who used to work for a masonry contractor during summer months in college.)

From: Tom Osborne <w7why at verizon.net>
Date: 2008/07/27 Sun PM 07:14:21 EDT
To: Towertalk <towertalk at contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tower Challenged

Hi Jeff

Don't think mounting on a chimney is a good idea.  Most are brick and mortar 
and are not very sturdy.  Probably a small roof tower would work better.  73

Jeff wrote:

>The mast be mounted on the chimney and it will
>be about 6 feet in length, including the rotor and beam mast. 


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