100 ft Tower Completed!


Completed 100 ft Tower

Completed 100 ft Tower

We completed our 100 ft Rohn 55G Tower today! Matt at XX Towers got the second Star Guy Bracket from Rohn, installed it on the top section of the tower and raised the top section into place. After he and Andrew attached the second level of Phillystran guy lines at the 95 ft level, our tower was up.

Completed 100 ft Tower in Back Yard

Completed 100 ft Tower in Back Yard

Matt placed our 21 ft x 3″ mast inside the tower at the base prior to installing the top section of the tower. This makes getting the mast into place when the rotator goes in much easier!

Mast Inside Tower

Mast Inside Tower

Matt also finished the guy equalizer plates and grounded them. Here’s what they look like.

Guy Equalizer on Anchor

Guy Equalizer on Anchor

As you can see, the Phillystran guy material transitions to Extra High-strength Steel (EHS) guy cable near the ground for safety reasons. Here’s a picture of a portion of one of the Phillystran guy lines on the ground. You can see the transition to the EHS cable at the end.

Phillystran Guy Line

Phillystran Guy Line

The Star Guy system worked out great and should keep the tower from twisting under the torque of rotating two large SteppIR DB36 antennas at the same time.

Two Levels of Star Guys

Two Levels of Star Guys

The tower base is also grounded at this point. We will be adding two additional ground rods on the other two legs and bonding the tower ground to the station ground over the next few days.

Tower Base

Tower Base

We are really happy with the results of our tower project to date. Now we need to get some antennas on our new tower! We are expecting our SteppIR antennas to arrive soon – it sure is tough to wait!

Up The Tower

Up The Tower

– Fred (AB1OC)

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