[TowerTalk] Phillystran Top Guys
Gary Johnson N5BAA
qltfnish at omniglobal.net
Fri Oct 11 10:46:35 EDT 2013
Here in Texas where it gets dry, we usually run Phillystran for most of a
guy to a turnbuckle and for the 10-20 feet nearest the ground run wire.
Phillystran will melt in a fire.
HCARC Secretary 2013
----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Hanson" <ac9s at hotmail.com>
To: <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:44 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Phillystran Top Guys
>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,
> 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?
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