Ham Radio - Max Gain Systems 32 ft. push up mast, quick look.

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  1. KB7TBT

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    Ham Radio - Max Gain Systems 32 ft. push up mast, quick look.

     
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  2. NG6X

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    Are their guy rings?
     
  3. WM1A

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  4. K2GK

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    Looks like Kevin is doing fine in the warm and dry climate.
    Excellent video as usual.
     
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  5. KB9RLW

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    They do sell guy rings for it, but I just tied my paracord around the tubes themselves just above the clamps. I'll only be putting it up for a few weeks at a time as I move around changing locations, so just one less thing to fiddle with.
     
  6. WN1MB

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    Ahem...

    On their website, MGS shows there are guy rings available, but they're accessories.

    I don't recall KB9RLW mentioning guy rings in the video.
     
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  7. W4EAE

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    I recently acquired the 42ft 'Extended' version of this mast to replace a tree that recently came down. With the 42" Heavy Duty version, the bottom pipe is 2.5" in diameter, and each section is 72" long. I have a steel pipe in concrete that the 2.5" base of the mast slots right into. It is guyed in three directions, and it is quite stable. I placed it right beside the house in the back garden. If it fell on the house, it would do so with very little velocity (and given its light weight shouldn't do any damage); and if it fell in any other direction, it would land on grass.

    My antenna is not as high as with the tree, but I didn't want to go any taller with anything given that I cannot get more than 60ft from power lines in three directions.
     
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  8. W2JKT

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    I have the 38 foot HD mast. It's been up for a few years now. I have two ranks of guys in three directions, and it works great. There's a Diamond X-50 on top and a 60/30/15 dipole attached at the top rank of guy rings at the bottom of the top section.

    What I don't like about them is that the fiberglass tubes can't withstand the clamping force necessary to keep the sections from sliding down over time. So, it's helpful to add steel inserts in the bottom foot of each hollow tube so the section below it can clamp down hard enough to prevent sliding. Other options include using a gripper material on the outside of the bottom of each tube that gets clamped on, but I prefer the inserts.

    Another thing I don't like is having to get up on a ladder to push it up. It's awkward and a little dangerous. The military masts are easier since they have 4 foot sections and are easily managed while standing on the ground, inserting more sections in the bottom as you push it up (with guying help of course).

    Here's a pic. You can kinda make out my military mast in the background as well.

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  9. N0YG

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    This is going on my WISH LIST for sure.. Looks like the masts are made of very good material.
     
  10. K8HIT

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    I have 2 of these push up mast. They are about 2 years old now, no problems.

    One set of 3 way guys, about 26 feet tall.
     
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