[TowerTalk] 40M Homebrew Vertical - mounting ideas solicited

Dan Schaaf dan-schaaf at att.net
Thu Jan 23 10:38:29 EST 2014

Here is my hinged vertical for 40, 60, 80, 160 meters 

Best Regards
Dan Schaaf
K3ZXL www.k3zxl.com
NOBSKA www.nobska.net
Cape Cod Instruments www.gnm-inc.com
Tel: 941-766-0706
Fax: 941-766-0707

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Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:52 AM
To: towertalk reflector
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 40M Homebrew Vertical - mounting ideas solicited

Here is a link to a pic of of my tilt over mount for my 60 foot 80/160 
vertical. The two aluminum plates are joined my a heavy duty gate hinge. I 
use a small winch and gin pole to tilt the vertical over for any maintenance 
or repairs (falling derrick method).


73, Stew K3ND

From: David Robbins <k1ttt at verizon.net>
To: larryb.w1dyj at verizon.net
Cc: towertalk at contesting.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2:12 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] 40M Homebrew Vertical - mounting ideas solicited

lets see if I can describe this... my 40m 4-square verticals are rohn pipe 
towers supported between two 2x4's about 5' up.  there are 2 bolts through 
the 2x4's and vertical that I insulate with fiberglass tube so you can pull 
one bolt and lay the vertical down.  this is a bit more than a one person 
job though because those verticals are pretty heavy.

an idea to do this now so it will work from 10' up might be something like 

1. mount two plates at the top of your support mast sticking out one side 
about the thickness of your vertical's base and above the base by at least 
that much... these will be plates that the vertical will pivot on.

2. find round fiberglass that fits inside the bottom of your vertical 
sticking out probably 5' or so from the bottom of the tubing (grainger and 
other industrial supply places have assortments of fiberglass tubing and rod 
that would work for this)

3. clamp the fiberglass to the mast going through the two plates to simulate 
the raised position, draw a vertical line on the pivot plates at the center 
line of the fiberglass to show how far out from the mast to drill.  then 
pretend you are laying the vertical over and figure out how far above the 
top of the support mast you need the pivot hole to be for it to let the top 
of the vertical down so you can work on it... probably twice the thickness 
of the fiberglass, but don't cut it too close.

4. clamp the fiberglass back in the raised position, leave enough above the 
plates to go inside the vertical base and drill the pivot hole through the 
two plates and fiberglass... insert a good bolt with washers to let it pivot 
and keep it from moving sideways if the fiberglass is much smaller than the 

5. locate one or two places down the support mast and drill through the mast 
and fiberglass for bolts to hold the bottom of the fiberglass when the 
vertical is raised.

6. put the vertical on the fiberglass and drill a hole through to hold it in 
place and to connect the feed cable.

if your vertical isn't too heavy, and the fiberglass is long enough, and you 
are strong enough, and it isn't too windy, and you are lucky, you should be 
able to undo the bottom bolts on the fiberglass and tip over the vertical on 
the pivot bolt, maybe using a piece of rope on it so you aren't up a ladder 
trying to keep it from crashing down once it gets past your reach.

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