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Why Don't You Have a Tower ?

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by NN4RH, May 18, 2018.


What is the #1 reason WHY don't you have a tower?

  1. HOA Restrictions

    26 vote(s)
  2. Local Government Restrictions

    7 vote(s)
  3. Live in apartment/condo, etc or yard too small

    30 vote(s)
  4. Too many obstructions in yard (trees, utility lines, power lines, pool, etc)

    28 vote(s)
  5. Temporary QTH

    10 vote(s)
  6. Cost

    114 vote(s)
  7. Spousal veto

    30 vote(s)
  8. Don't want to peeve off the neighbors

    20 vote(s)
  9. Don't want/need one

    42 vote(s)
  10. Other (explain in response)

    33 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
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  1. KG5THG

    KG5THG Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    A nice home depot dipole and some chain link fence top rail will serve you well.
    KK5JY likes this.
  2. KD2ACO

    KD2ACO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    She was afraid you were going to start hanging out with her and her friends while they’re shopping... :p
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2018
  3. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    No Tower After 5 Decades on-the-air
    I actually had a 64 ft Rohn BX sitting in pieces in the back yard. The helpful Elmers from my radio club were always ready to help me when , I had family activities I had to attend, birthdays, funerals , weddings etc. When I was ready to do the job they all had similar activities to keep them away from my house.
    I dug the big 3x3x3 ft hole for the base concrete to go in and then it rained for a week and filled the hole \with mud !
    I got a 4 element 15M Yagi from a friend and laid it out in the back yard and it seemed so big that it would wrap it's self in tree branches no matter where I raised it !!
    Finally after 2 years I traded the tower and 15M beam off for some old tube high power FM gear to play with /
    N8AFT likes this.
  4. AE7BT

    AE7BT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Because it hasn’t arrived yet.
    I have an IO-45 rooftop tower and 8 foot mast on order from Roger at
    When it arrives the K4KIO hexbeam and HAM IV rotator goes on it.

    That’s enough for now. The Rohn?.... someday.
  5. W2WDX

    W2WDX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Climbing harnesses have no room ... um ... down there. If ya get my drift!

    Hey ... I can dream, can't I!?
    KD5RJZ likes this.
  6. W1VT

    W1VT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been able to work the DX I need without one. I did miss ZS8 recently but that was because the OP had an emergency situation and couldn't get on the air. No sense putting up a tower for 20 and the higher bands if you plan to be busy on the low bands with a vertical and RX loop array.

    Zak W1VT
  7. WD6USA

    WD6USA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm relatively new to Amature Radio and so far, My Shack is a den with an HT and rubber duck (there is a great Repeater just a few miles away, so my HT let's .e reach out ~~60++ miles). I did install a dual band radio in one of my vehicles.

    As I find more time to get into the hobby, I do plan to upgrade my shack with a more advanced radio and antenna so I can start to explore HF...likely after I upgrade to my General License.
  8. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't need one.
    N1OOQ likes this.
  9. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I found there are ways to reduce the cost yuugely w/o giving up much. With a crankup/tiltover and a yagi boom that partially disassembles, ALL antenna/tower work is done w/o climbing:
    And no expensive yagi tilt plate is needed. :)
    W4PG likes this.
  10. KG7OOM

    KG7OOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't have the acreage I want and I am in lightning prone territory.

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