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Old 05-11-2013, 12:51 AM
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Default Custom Ham Radio Antenna Tower

Well if a picture is worth 1,000 words, then check out my latest YouTube video of my custom built 80-foot free-standing Ham Radio Tower in action:
Custom Built 80-Foot Tall Free Standing Ham Radio Tip-Tower in Action! This is COOL! - YouTube
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That is awesome! Thank you for sharing this. I kind of want one in my backyard
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That takes all the fun away when you can not climb the tower. I am joking, very nice tilt over. I enjoyed the video, and think you should permanently mount a outdoor netcam at the top after seeing the view.
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Very nice DoctorZ,

I've been looking at different options, I like your setup!
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I've got something very similar in my yard for a multi-room bird house. You just gave me a very good idea lol.
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That is really cool, thanks for sharing!
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Never have seen a tilt over tower that big. I wish I had one on my back yard. Is that a manufactored tower or was it custom built? Thanks for sharing.
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You sound like Clint Eastwood. You should post an audio clip of "get off my lawn".
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Never have seen a tilt over tower that big. I wish I had one on my back yard. Is that a manufactored tower or was it custom built? Thanks for sharing.
It was a custom build by a Satellite Dish company, back when the huge 12' dishes that had to be rotated were in style. The owner of the company was a former high school Industrial Arts teacher. He really enjoyed building the tower, but said there was no money in it to offer as a product.
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Out of curiosity, are there blueprints of how to build one (or one similar) somewhere? That might be a fun project to try someday.
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I like how well it's balanced and how smoothly it operates. Something that large seems like it should be unweildy but it's rock solid.
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DoctorZ...that's an awesome video and a pretty impressive antenna farm. Thanks for sharing it with us. Now, please, I need to know the score in your video is from which movie?? It's a tune I recognize but can't indentify. Help, please!

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It was a custom build by a Satellite Dish company, back when the huge 12' dishes that had to be rotated were in style. The owner of the company was a former high school Industrial Arts teacher. He really enjoyed building the tower, but said there was no money in it to offer as a product.
Very nice and well balanced. It would be interesting to see the math calculations used during design.

Do you know how deep into the ground the base goes?

Thanks for sharing,
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Wow that's cool!! Thank you so much for sharing that!!!
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Quite an impressive setup overall. Especially the Tip Tower! I'd be very proud to have a setup such as yours. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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Out of curiosity, are there blueprints of how to build one (or one similar) somewhere? That might be a fun project to try someday.
I still own the copy of the tower's blue prints. They are too large to scan though, but I suppose I could take a digital picture and send it to you.
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DoctorZ...that's an awesome video and a pretty impressive antenna farm. Thanks for sharing it with us. Now, please, I need to know the score in your video is from which movie?? It's a tune I recognize but can't indentify. Help, please!

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The music is the theme song from the movie "The Magnificent 7" That's not actually the original music though. I didn't want to get in trouble with copyrights on YouTube, so I downloaded a free Midi file, then ran a little utility program I found that converts Midi's to MP3's. I edited the music to fit the time frame. It worked quite well, and that's a totally unique arrangement of the movie's Theme Song.
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Very nice and well balanced. It would be interesting to see the math calculations used during design.

Do you know how deep into the ground the base goes?

Thanks for sharing,
The base is four feet square by 8 feet deep. There's a welded steel cage embedded into the concrete with rebar driven into the sidewalls of the hole.
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Nice tower, but it's hard to believe its 80ft. the 50 foot pivot is barely above the second story. I would think it is 60 ft, and over 80 at the top of antenna. Also a real nice video
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