[TowerTalk] Installing a mast..same thread, different name

Steve Maki lists at oakcom.org
Sat Apr 20 18:52:17 EDT 2013

Fine, as long as the ginpole can be counted on to handle the extra weight.

As others have implied, there is no good substitute for adequate 
headroom, yet just getting a longer 2" aluminum tube isn't a panacea 
either - the sight of a ginpole folding over is a bad sight to behold, I 
know from experience (many years ago).

Once you move from a small Rohn type pole to something that can SAFELY 
handle 20' heavy steel masts and 20' tower sections, you get into a 
totally different realm, where adequate ginpoles are heavy enough that 
they require at least a capstan winch to move them up and down the tower.

For operations similar to that being discussed I use a Rohn 25 track 
pole that places the roosterhead 25' above the tower top. The extra 
headroom might seem excessive, but it's a joy to be able to move the 
load around at will without having the load line pulling sideways. The 
three sections of 25 plus roosterhead plus track weighs in at around 
300lbs, but I don't feel safe with anything less.

-Steve K8LX

On 4/20/2013 12:27 PM, Peter Voelpel wrote:

> With my just 2.5m height of the gin pole above the tower I inserted
> 6m long masts easily. I just added enough intermediate weight to the
> lower part of the mast to keep it vertical.

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