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Antenna mast?
#1
Alright... REALLY dumb question here.

I've used a lot of cheap and stupid things for antenna mast over the years. I've even stooped so low as to buy TV antenna mast from Radio Shack.

What does everyone else use for mast, and where do they get it?

Trees don't count. I don't have any suitable trees in my yard for use as a mast right now, and I don't have time to grow one. Tongue

I'd like to mount it off the eaves, if possible. That way, I can keep my antennas on the back of the house where they are "low visibility".
W0ULF 2011+
ex KF7RJU 2011-2011
ex KC7YNP 1997-2007
Rigs: Heathkit RX-1 Mohawk Receiver and HX-10 Marauder Transmitter, IC-7410 Base HF w/AH-4, IC-2720 Mobile Dual Band, IC-V8000 Go-Bag 2m, IC-2820 base 2m/70cm (That goes to Field Day or goes in the other truck when I'm driving it), Kenwood TH-75A and Icom IC-92AD HTs.
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#2
Hey Vaughn.....

Try using aluminum electrical conduit.

I went to Lowes and bought a 10 foot 2 inch diameter and a 1.5 inch diameter piece of conduit to make my own 20 foot telescoping mast to use for my 2m/440 antenna for when I go camping.

I slid the 1.5 inch piece into the 2 inch piece about a foot then drilled a two holes through the two sections about 8 inches apart so I can slip a couple bolts through to keep the two sections locked together.

Aluminum conduit isn't really all that expensive, I think I spent less than 10 bucks. Plus, it has a thicker wall than that cheap crap from Rip Shack and will hold up way better. It works great!

Good luck and have fun.

(Nice to have met you at breakfast)
73's
Steve
W7RMG

Shack Rigs: Yaesu FT-101ZD - Yaesu FT-847 (HF, 2M, 6M, 70cm) - Kenwood TS-440S  -  Kenwood TS-940S - Kenwood TM-642A tribander (2m, 1.25m, 70cm). Kenwood TS-2000.
Mobiles: 3 Kenwood TM-V71A dual banders (2m/70cm) - Alinco DR-235 (1.25m).
HT's: Kenwood TH-F6A - Yaesu VX-7R.

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#3
Steve,

It was good meeting you as well. Next time, I'll have to make sure I don't sit at the FARTHEST END of the tables from you. Geez, I could barely hear you when you got a word in against Dale. :^)

Thanks for the tip about the conduit - that's a pretty good idea. I have tubing cutters and benders for this stuff already (Since I do a bit of metalworking and electrical work on the side), so those are a great suggestion. I also like the suggestion about the bolts for breaking the pole down and for extending it up. Good call!

Anyone else have any tips/tricks they'd like to share?
W0ULF 2011+
ex KF7RJU 2011-2011
ex KC7YNP 1997-2007
Rigs: Heathkit RX-1 Mohawk Receiver and HX-10 Marauder Transmitter, IC-7410 Base HF w/AH-4, IC-2720 Mobile Dual Band, IC-V8000 Go-Bag 2m, IC-2820 base 2m/70cm (That goes to Field Day or goes in the other truck when I'm driving it), Kenwood TH-75A and Icom IC-92AD HTs.
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#4
I've even used irrigation pipe! But im a little redneck!

!!!!!Later Stacey!!!!!
Those who plan and prepare, endure the weather!!
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#5
I use the top rail from a chain link fence sections on the vertical It interlocks and it is very sturdy stuff, chep also. The beam is mounted on a 2" piece of conduit 10' long. Hey what ever works,,,,works.
73
KC7NHT
Cyrel


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#6
Wow, that's all a bunch of good advice! Thanks, guys! I appreciate it.

Sounds like the general consensus is "Find something that works and go with it, because if it works, it works".

I think that's what I've been doing all along, so it is good to hear I haven't been doing anything 'wrong" all these years.

Thanks again!
W0ULF 2011+
ex KF7RJU 2011-2011
ex KC7YNP 1997-2007
Rigs: Heathkit RX-1 Mohawk Receiver and HX-10 Marauder Transmitter, IC-7410 Base HF w/AH-4, IC-2720 Mobile Dual Band, IC-V8000 Go-Bag 2m, IC-2820 base 2m/70cm (That goes to Field Day or goes in the other truck when I'm driving it), Kenwood TH-75A and Icom IC-92AD HTs.
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#7
I'm a true "on the cheap" ham! I use whatever i can get my hands on.......schedule 40 PVC works good at short lengths, wood 1x2, even 3/8" curtain rod!!!! If I can scrounge it up and make it withstand weather and wind, go for it!!! Check my picture album but I'll put a couple here. One thing to remember, off the eves, unless it's 2 or 3 stories high, means low antenna height. But sometimes when we have to be discreet, that's just what we need and all we got. Hey, it's higher than a mag mount on the car roof, right!?!

I'm almost as creative with mounting style as I am with building antennas themselves!!
(plywood, electrical gang-box lids, guy-wire cable clamps, angle brackets, shelf brackets, flat bar, all-thread, zip ties, coat hangers, twin lead, old CB whips, metal table legs, and of course.....DUCT TAPE!!!! ......all stuff I've used to make antennas!! I never "BUY" base antennas! And only a few mobile antennas. Otherwise, I build my own!)

The last pic is one of "my baby"!!!Smile (When it's clean! It isn't always. Needs a bath right now.)
-Jeff  Cool
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#8
I have a 35 foot mast guyed at two levels with 1/8" rope. It made from a tv style tripod and nine 44" sections of fiberglass mast left over from camofloge net support poles. My thought was to have a mast that would not interact with the vertical portion of my G5RV. I also have a 2 meter J-pole mounted on a 1" galvinized electrical conduit. I have not seen any aluminum conduit at the local building supply big box, I wonder if that is really what W7RMG bought.

Like the other guys said, what ever works. Except duct tape. Duct tape is a solution to any problem, but never a good one!

Sean KF7NAY
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#9
Sean KF7NAY Wrote:Except duct tape. Duct tape is a solution to any problem, but never a good one!

Sean KF7NAY

I take it you're not a "Red Green" fan! LOL!!! I have to respectfully disagree. Duct tape fixes EVERYTHING!!! Just my .02 cents!Cool

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