Guy poles rather than wires?

Discussion in 'Antennas, Feedlines, Towers & Rotors' started by N7TAT, Jan 13, 2022 at 10:57 PM.

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  1. N7TAT

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    What things should be considered when using poles rather than lines / wires to guy a mast? I'm thinking of using 2 guy poles spread 90 degrees rather than 4 guy wires spread 90 degrees.

    This would be to support a 20' tall mast holding the end of a dipole.
     
  2. WL7PM

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    Make all 3 poles same length, and you'll have a TRIPOD: Very stable.
     
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  3. WB2WIK

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    With a load only pulling to one side (like the end of a dipole), the 2 rigid support poles idea will work.

    Considerations:
    • They must be strong enough to do the job
    • Their "ground" ends must be secure (immovably anchored)
    • They need to be adjustable in length to make this really work well and easily
    I've done this before.
     
  4. N7TAT

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    Good idea. But am thinking of mounting the mast in the corner of my yard with support poles along the property lines. I am constrained to working with a 1/4 circle.
     
  5. N7TAT

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    Adjustable length. That part hadn't occurred to me.
     
  6. AG5CK

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    Consider the length and weight of the poles. If they're too long they may be be trying to collapse under their own weight. In this case a guy pole guy pole would be in order.;)
     
  7. N7TAT

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    Oh, I can see where this is going. I'll have back yard full of poles of diminishing lengths. :)
     
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  8. AK5B

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    So start your own kind of POTA (Poles On The Air) :cool:
     
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  9. G0TNU

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    Surely you need 3 at 120 degrees apart!
     
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  10. G0TNU

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    Battle of Britain, Poles in the air !
     
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