- March 11, 2017 at 8:52 pm #11550
I am looking to get my Antenna out of the tree that I have it in mostly because the tree is ready to come down so its only a matter of time.
I was thinking of putting up an antenna (but not an array) similar to the one we had setup at field day using PVC and guying ropes to keep it in place. I believe I have enough space to do this.
I have the PVC but I am looking for where to get the Guying rings and I guess I will need a base plate to mount it on.
Does anyone know where we got the Guying rings for the Antenna we setup at field day.
I saw some at DXEngineering (https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/dxe-gr-5p) but they want to charge me like $13.00 for shipping and handling which seems crazy on a $9.00 item.
Does anyone know where I might get a set of these rings and the base plate locally in the Massachusetts or New Hampshire are or perhaps another supplier?
Will this type mast with proper guying work for a home antenna setup or do I really need to buy a pre-built mast?
Anthony RizzoloMarch 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm #11556
The masts and rings that we used at field day came from Max-Gain Systems. You can find their website here. Don’t know how well their rings would work with standard PVC. Maybe some combination of flanges that you could glue to the PVC along with a hose clamp for support and then drill for guy connections would work? A good place to get this stuff would either be Home Depot or County Store in Milford, NH. As far as a base goes, your can make one using some pressure treated lumber. Here’s an article showing what we did for our mast at our home QTH.
Hope this helps,March 24, 2017 at 10:56 am #13995
Perhaps you have already moved forward on this task. I wonder if you have looked at the mast raiser/support DIY/kit from bend-gard.com ? The website has some detailed pages on how to build the mast raiser and how to secure it in ground or bracketed to house.March 24, 2017 at 11:41 am #14004
Thinking about your project a little more, I think I’d recommend a good quality commercial mast solution such as one of those outlined above. Mast can be a bit unstable and are prone to weather damage and breakage. Its a fair amount of work to put one up so its worth it to get a good quality piece that will stay up.
73,March 24, 2017 at 6:55 pm #14067
The Bend-Gard owner has brought some of his products to demo to the Near-Fest ham radio flea-market over the last couple of years. So you could contact him to see if he’ll be there again this year (depending on your schedule).
Near-Fest also usually has another vendor that brings along a large collection of military surplus masts, base, rings and accessories. The masts are stackable 4ft sections of fiberglass (estimate 1.5 inches in diameter, or also they have available stackable aluminum sessions. Unfortunately, I don’t have a link for these, but believe they come from upstate New York.
Hope this helps.
MikeMarch 29, 2017 at 10:01 pm #14490
hello tony I’m not sure where or what type of antenna you are looking to put up? seeing its current location is being cut down soon?. not sure of your qth? if you need a hand putting it up? i would be glad to help i have a 24 ft ladder should 1 be needed???. weekends are always better for me even some week days (weather permitting of course?)feel free to give me a call @ 603-948-8950 anytime week days I’m up late or at your convenience i live in Nashua . i look forward to talking with you springtime? should it ever get here? is a good time for antenna work i have alot to do also. 73’s matt n1zgn
Matt Sapienza, N1ZGNMarch 29, 2017 at 10:40 pm #14492
fred had a good point home depot is a good place to purchase items (that’s where i go plus i get a 10% veterans discount) such as masting in 10 ft sections i have used a 1.1/4 inch that fits inside a 1.1/2 inch section should you need less? you just slide in lower into bottom section and a few self tapping screws to secure the 2 together . i have used either antenna u bolt clamps for guy wires. i actually do have 3 brand 1.1/4 inch new u bolts unopened with all the bolts/washers/lock washers. i just found them.should you need them?
Matt Sapienza, N1ZGNMay 22, 2017 at 8:18 am #18021
PVC is the hardest to get up due to its weight and its flexibility. It is also the least UV resistant.
PBS pipe is lighter and stronger. When you are in the store hold a long length of pipe by the end and see how much it flexes.
For a bit more money there are fiberglass masts that are much more stable and easy to put up.
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