03-18-2008, 06:33 AM
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W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Tampa Bay Florida
Originally Posted by SR385
For an alternative that worked nicely for me, look at galvanized hurricane fence top-rail.
I used 20' of it to stick a vertical up on my roof. It's about $10 per 10' section here at Home Depot.
I took the slip joint and drilled it while coupled and stuck #10 sheet metal screws through the holes.
My mounting bracketed the base of the bottom section and the middle at the joint and the antenna is rock solid. If you went free standing with it, I would recommend guying at at least each 20' mark. You can tie three guys through stainless hose clamps on the pole.
If I had to guess, guyed twice, these things should easily hold 40'. The top ten foot section on mine barely moves at all in 40mph winds.
I did the same thing for a Maco V58 antenna. Cheap and effective.