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


I dont think that you want to try this.  Of course your milage may vary but 
I imagine that there are two bad things that will happen here based on what 
I have seen "others" do.

One next door neighbor was/is a TV DXER so he wanted to do almost in 
windloading terms what you want to do.  HE found some drilling pipe coupled 
it together to give him 45 feet of which 20 feet were over the roof (second 
story house).  He bolted it at 2 foot intervals to his brick wall.  It did 
ok for about a year and then the semi tropical storm came by and the pipe 
came down and took substantial segments of his brick wall down with him 
(there is nothing really supporting the brick...in his case it wasnt 

Another ham did something similar but he used "telescoping" TV antenna mast 
and guyed it after it got "high" except that of course he left enough on top 
for his antennas (two meter meteor scatter).  we had some modest winds (my 
weather station showed them at 20 gust to 32) and the whole thing set up 
some pretty funky oscillations as the guy's sort of danced a pretty 
interesting tune until it just sheared clean right on top of the guys.

The loads have to go somewhere or they fatigue...

Robert Oler WB5MZO Houston TX

>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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