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Old 03-04-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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Default How does a person put up a 50 ft antenna tower?

I have 5 sections 10 ft each.

No way to put them up one section at a time without a crane.

If I put them all together and prop it up at an angle I might be able to pull it up with my SUV but how do I make it stop at straight up and how do I keep it from going off to one side and falling before it is straight up?

Next problem once it is up how do I get an antenna up there?
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:40 PM   #2
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A gin pole is the easiest way, but you'll have to climb the tower to bolt the sections together as it goes up. And to put the antenna(s) in place once the tower is up. Pulling up a 50' tower with your SUV would be very tricky, especially if the antenna is on the top. Not the way I would recommend.

Will the tower be fastened to your house, or free standing?

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Old 03-05-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
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I have 5 sections 10 ft each.

No way to put them up one section at a time without a crane.
Normally you use a gin pole. Here's one person who does it without a gin pole.

http://picasaweb.google.com/wa3lxk/F...41166326898066
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Normally you use a gin pole. Here's one person who does it without a gin pole.

http://picasaweb.google.com/wa3lxk/F...41166326898066
That is never going to happen. I do not have a tower like that and if I did I would never climb up to the top.

My tower is 5 poles 1 1/4" diameter each. The poles stick together end to end. There is a place for cables where the sections connect together. There will be 3 cables attached every 10 ft all the way to the top.

All the steel cables will come down to 3 common locations in the ground.

Only way I can see to put this up is put all 5 sections together make a pivit at the bottom and pull it up with my SUV. I can do the math and calculate the length of all 15 cables before I pull it up.

I have a 16 ft ladder I can put 2 sections up with it.
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My tower is 5 poles 1 1/4" diameter each.
Well, that's completely different. You're putting up a tall pole, not a tower.

I've never done that (and probably would never try it), so if you figure out a good way to do it, let us know. Good luck with it, and be safe.

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Old 03-07-2011, 01:41 PM   #6
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Don't take this the wrong way, but a 50 foot pole made from 1.25" tubes seems like it would be awfully flimsy if you try to pull it up like you propose. I'd be afraid of it kinking in half!

Just off the top of my head...

One thing to try would be to fabricate a cradle to support it as you lift. You could use some wood to create a u-shaped or v-shaped holder that the pole sits in. The bottom of this could be attached to a rugged hinge that has one hasp bolted to PT wood buried in the ground. Use twine wrapped a few times around the cradle to contain the pole before you raise it. You could use a couple people with long poles to push the cradle+pole up, and maybe a couple guy wires to guide it up. Once up, unwrap the twine, secure the guy lines, lower the cradle, and disassemble the hinge. Of course, you'll want to have your antenna and coax set up shortly after the cradle is off the ground. If you have concrete poured, this could sit on an inner pole (preferably stainless or solid steel) with a nylon bushing to keep the pole off the cement. You might be able to rotate by hand and lock with a couple bolts.
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Yes !!!!!! I agree that,,,,,"You could use a couple people with long poles to push the cradle+pole up, and maybe a couple guy wires to guide it up. Once up, unwrap the twine, secure the guy lines, lower the cradle, and disassemble the hinge. Of course, you'll want to have your antenna and coax set up shortly after the cradle is off the ground. If you have concrete poured, this could sit on an inner pole (preferably stainless or solid steel) with a nylon bushing to keep the pole off the cement. You might be able to rotate by hand and lock with a couple bolts".........
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