[TowerTalk] pushing a mast up at the top of the tower

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Mon Jul 11 07:45:06 PDT 2011

Somebody (maybe K4ZA?) came up with the idea of using a basketball hoop 
attached to the top end of a gin pole to make this a relatively safe and 
secure activity.

73, Pete N4ZR

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On 7/10/2011 6:41 PM, Stan Stockton wrote:
> There could be a better way, but I have always used a come-a-long
> attached to the top rung of the tower and a muffler clamp around the
> mast, wrapping the cable with the hook around the mast below the
> clamp,  Loosen the bearings so it will slide through and have a short
> 2x 8 board handy to rest the mast on to reposition the clamp to go
> higher.
>    I suppose a gin pole, fully extended, with a clamp on the mast
> already through the top of the tower would also work and could be done
> with everyone on the ground until after it is extended to where you
> want it.
> 73...Stan, K5GO
> Sent from Stan's IPhone
> On Jul 10, 2011, at 3:06 PM, "Steve K7AWB"<k7awbgoog at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> I have a 16 foot long, 2" OD steel mast about 2 feet out of the top
>> of a
>> Rohn 45 flat top section waiting antennas.  I plan to put my 2-
>> element 40
>> meter Hygain yagi at the top.  Then, I have to lift the mast (98 lb)
>> and the
>> antenna on it up about 10 feet, above the future rotator spot, in
>> able to
>> mount the OR-2800 rotator.  And then slowly lower the mast/antenna
>> into the
>> top of the rotator.
>>   What is the best way (s) to lift up the mast /combination?  Right
>> now it
>> it is secured with a TB3 bearing.  And I have another rotator plate
>> with a
>> sleeve, slightly above the future location of the rotator, that will
>> keep
>> the mast vertical when out of the rotator.  Once the mast/40 meter
>> antenna
>> is secure in the rotator, I will add the 6-element Force 12 20 meter
>> yagi 2
>> feet or so above the top of the flat plat top section.
>> 73
>> Steve Sala
>> K7AWB
>> DN17es
>> Nine Mile Falls, WA
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