[TowerTalk] No concrete for a Rohn tower base

Chet Moore ChetMoore at cox.net
Mon Aug 17 18:52:17 PDT 2009

When I  was KP4EAJ in San Juan, I lived on old Navy Base at Isla Grande.  I 
was not allowed to pour a cement base there.  I used the rohn 25G dirt base 
to hold the 25G foldover tower with one section above the hinge and one 
below the hinge for a total of 60 feet with a TH-6 on top.  I got 40 feet of 
it up myself.  The next day w2gd arrived an put up the rest so he could 
operate in one of the sprints.  It held up through 4 or 5 hurricanes over 
the 4 years I was down there.  When we took the tower down and pulled out 
the dirt base, it looked like new.  It wasn't like I didn't want a cement 
base but when the military says no cement, then CHAMPIONS ADJUST  !! .  I 
was probably lucky but it worked for me

press on regardless

Chet N4FX
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Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 9:25 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] No concrete for a Rohn tower base

> In a message dated 8/17/2009 9:12:38 PM Greenwich Standard Time,
> n5xz at earthlink.net writes:
> No  concrete at all. They guys
> held the tower up just fine for 8  years.
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> I hope you were in a very dry climate.  I have seen towers  buried in no
> concrete in Florida and the bottoms were nicely rotted out,  one so bad 
> the
> owner could get no one to climb it..   I definitely  wouldn't recommend 
> this
> for anyone..all in the name of saving the cost of less  than a yard of
> concrete.  A BIG prime directive violation.
> Bill KH7XS/K4XS
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