[TowerTalk] Phillystran Top Guys

Pete Smith N4ZR n4zr at contesting.com
Fri Oct 11 08:16:10 EDT 2013

My 100'Rohn 25 tower has a bottom guy set 3/16 EHS, middle guy set 3/16 
EHS with 21-foot rigid fiberglass insulators on the tower end, and top 
guys 6600 lb Phillystran with 15' of EHS at the bottom.  I used the 
larger Philly because I got it cheaply.

Anecdotally, before I changed out the top guys, my short 40M yagi at 107 
feet was a disappointment.  After, it worked (subjectively) much better.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 10/10/2013 8:44 PM, Keith Hanson wrote:
> I am in the process of putting up a 100' stick of Rohn 45G.  Originally I planned on standard Rohn guying - 3/16" for the bottom two guys and 1/4" for the top - for Rev G.  Does anyone have experience in leaving steel for the bottom two guys and Phyllystran on the top?  How about running 30' of Phyllystran at the top end of each top guy - like an extended insulator?  I am trying to minimize interaction with the various wire antennas I'll hang from the tower and keep costs somewhat under control.  I'll have a 3el/40M option SteppIr for openers, but may change that at some point.  Obviously I am going to play with a bunch of wire -  dipoles,  inverted Ls, slopers, etc.
> On a different note, another ham, WB9EDL, and I delivered some used 45G sections to the Rohn galvanizing facility today - they are called AZZ Galvanizing in Peoria.  The cost should run approximately $45 per galvanized 45G section.  I recently took down 90' of 25G that had been up for 34 years.  It was a used tower when I purchased if from a local ham and I hauled over to Rohn to be regalvanized when I bought it.  The tower was in great shape when I took it down a month ago,  just beginning to show some brown staining in places; the leg interiors were still shiny bright.  Re-galvanizing is an inexpensive way to rejuvenate old steel towers.  AZZ is also redoing my guy brackets, equalizer plates, stand-offs, etc, basically anything except threaded goods - bolts, nuts, turnbuckles, etc.
> As long as I am posting - I recently helped put up 50' of 45G for another local ham, AB9M.  We had to spend quite a bit of time cleaning excess galvanizing from new tower sections - the inside of the leg joints.  We did a trial fit of all sections on the ground and labeled each mating end of the towers so that they went together the same way in the air.  We did 50' in a single after noon.  I did purchase the Yellowjacket tower tool and it would have been difficult to get the sections together without the leverage it affords in pulling tower sections together.  Also - we had one mismatched set of legs that would have been a real trial without the leg aligner part of the tool.  The tool really worked well for us.
> Original question - any experience mixing steel and phillystran?
> Thanks,
> KeithAC9S 		 	   		
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