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Re: "Pipe tower" mounting for G5500 stack...

Hi Chris,

Using a 35' pipe will require some careful guying to keep it from
buckling under load.  You are also going to have a challenge getting
it raised with all the weight on top; can't simply tilt it up, and
you aren't going to be able to climb it to install or service the
antennas later.  Also, brick is great for static, compression forces.
It isn't very strong if there is a force that tries to stretch or
twist it.  Brick chimneys don't work well as antenna supports for
this reason.

Instead of starting at the ground, I built a tripod that sits
on the roof.  2x4 lumber.  Made a "T" 8' wide at the top, and about
6' long.  The T lays on the roof topside down, with the tail of the
T lashed to a vent pipe.  At the middle I have a 6' antenna mast
from Radio Shack bolted to the wood, with bracing going down to the
T.  There are some pictures at http://pweb.jps.net/~gregd/hamsite.htm

Good luck,

Greg  KO6TH

>From: Chris Wilkinson <equus@astro.as.utexas.edu>
>To: amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org
>Subject: [amsat-bb] "Pipe tower" mounting for G5500 stack...
>Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 10:47:06 -0500 (CDT)
>Hey all,
>I'm working on putting a station on the air and am currently engaged in
>trying to figure out the best way to mount my G5500 above the roofline. I
>would like to utilize approximately 35' of pipe, the lower 18' of which 
>be bolted into a fairly solid brick wall.
>Chiefly, I am wondering what folks have used at their stations and how it
>has fared. Obviously I can improvise, although I'd rather find out what
>has worked for people currently in operation. The questions I have chiefly
>involve the following:
>1. What type of piping and diameter are the safest and most reasonable to
>utilize in this case? Obviously it needs to be strong enough to easily be
>able to handle the wind load although not present a problem when it comes 
>mounting the G5500.
>2. What is the most secure method of bolting a "tower" to the side of a
>brick building? Again, I can guess what would probably work, but if anyone
>has firm ideas that would be appreciated.
>If anyone can let me know what has worked for them, I'd really appreciate
>it. Pictures on the web would be appreciated!
>Thanks and 73's!
>Chris // N8DVM
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