HAM Shack/Antenna Tower

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Born On:
16:38, 4 February 2015 (CST)
Last Updated:
13:15, 31 August 2016 (CDT)

Non-Tower Options

Telescoping Mast

Current Mast

  • http://www.mgs4u.com/Antenna-MK-8-HD.htm
    • It is important that each tube not be extended farther than 12 inches from the bottom of each section. As per the instructions, these are absolute minimums
    • The screws on the quik-clamps are reverse threaded
    • The clamps were glued on by greg and jeff with two part epoxy
    • Only one guy ring was purchased, for the thinnest section of the pole. It is not yet known if it is needed.
    • Jeff has hardcopy of Original instructions (kept at his office).

Alternative Designs

Tilting Mast

  • 2 x 1-1/2" Steel Flange ($9.30 / ea)
  • 2 x 1-1/2" Steel Nipple, 3" ($9.30 / ea)
  • 2 x 1-1/2" Steel Nipple, 6" (~$12 / ea)
  • 1 x 1-1/2" Tee ($8.57 / ea)
  • 2 x 1-1/2" Elbow ($8.32 / ea)
  • Plate (Free)
  • 4 x Grounding Rods (?)

Total: $86.41

Base Options

Design considerations

  • We can't drill holes in the building
  • Want something we can leave erected 24/7
  • Can't be higher than 20' above property (city ordinance, needs source)


  • Heavy Concrete Pour
    • Cons: Need landlord approval, cost prohibitive
  • Semi-permanat tripod
    • Description from Darryl: Since you are leasing no concrete could be used, but maybe three long and stout ground-stakes might be driven and bolted to the tower legs. If you do this it would be best to set the bottom section to a well-painted steel plate at least 1/4 inch thick with holes for the ground-stakes. I have done this a couple of times. I got the steel plate at Service Steel at 4208 E Schrimsher Ln SW, Huntsville, AL 3580. They cut my plate to the rectangular size requested. If you make a stable and level base and attach the three legs securely to the ground-stakes, it should not need any guy-lines.
    • Pros: More Portable than a concrete pour.
    • Cons: Easier to steal
  • Military Surplus Pole Kit
    • Cons: Easiest to steal
  • Sleeves Magnetically Mounted To Sheet metal Wall of Building
    • Cons: Darryl (has mounted several antennas) has said that it's doubtful that the magnetic force thin sheet metal could provide would hold the tower up when strong winds hit it.
  • Non-penetrating Roof Saddle
    • Cons: Good for mounting an antenna to, but not a mast.

Metal Tower


This is a planning page for putting up the Antenna Tower at the Make Shop

Instructional Resources

Parts Needed

Capabilities Desired

  • Needs to be tilt-able so we can easily service the equipment mounted on the tower without climbing it
  • Needs to be semi-portable, meaning that if we ever move we can unbolt the tower and take it with us.
  • Electric wench would be preferrable for taking it up and down, but we could probably do alright with a hand crank.

Antennas \ Equipment Desired