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Old 01-06-2018, 7:28 PM
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Can anyone identify this tower? I think its somewhere around 30 feet tall when all assembled as each section is about 8 feet long ( 3x8=24ft) plus that center pole which probably adds another 6 feet or so.

Seller wants $150 for it. I'm just looking to put an 8 to 10 foot long (2 meter band) antenna on top.

Any idea who makes it? I'd like to find some specifications.
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Old 01-06-2018, 8:17 PM
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Looks like a free standing light duty tv tower to me
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Doesn't look like it's designed to climb but it's likely light enough to mount on a hinge plate and push it up.
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I sure wouldn't recommend using a long mast pipe like the one in the picture.
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$150 is too much for that tower.
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Seller wants $150 for it. I'm just looking to put an 8 to 10 foot long (2 meter band) antenna on top.
Seller is possibly smoking crack.

A used tower is a big question mark. You never know how the original owner used/abused it. Improper installation could have allowed water to build up inside. Could be rusting out internally. It'd need a really close inspection.
Even then, $150 for a 30 foot tower is high.

30 feet is all you need? Put up a pole.
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You're gonna want a tilt base.
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It looks like a Rohn. I would just buy the top section and install it on your roof.
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Rohn 25G's have the "Z pattern bracing. That's not a Rohn 25G. 25G's also have two bolt holes on each leg. One 1/4 inch, one 5/16 inch, if I recall correctly.
I did have a tower similar looking to that for an old VHF paging system. I had it removed a few years ago. Never did find any identifiable markings on it.
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Don't want it on my roof, needs to be free standing. I need about 30 feet.

What do you guys think its worth?

I think I might have found it here:
TDL 17 Gauge Heavy Duty 20 Feet Antenna Tower Top section and Straight section (TDLT and TDLS) at SunnyDirect.ca
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UPDATE:

Well, I picked up the tower. Paid $100 for it.

Checked inside the tubes and they look brand new. The guy said he bought it new in 2016 and it was only up for 1 year.

Its 30 feet so I should be able to put a nice Diamond antenna at the top of it. I'm also going to mount some LED flood lights up there and a PTZ IP Camera. Its going to be a busy tower!

I'm already 250 feet above the rest of the metro area, all except some hills to the west of me. Getting up an extra 30 feet should help a lot with those hills and getting over some of the brush and trees everywhere else.

Its actually a pretty nice looking tower although it doesn't come with any hardware. I'll have to dig into my box of stainless steel bolts and also weld together a stainless base plate for it.
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Well, I picked up the tower. Paid $100 for it.

Checked inside the tubes and they look brand new. The guy said he bought it new in 2016 and it was only up for 1 year.

Its 30 feet so I should be able to put a nice Diamond antenna at the top of it. I'm also going to mount some LED flood lights up there and a PTZ IP Camera. Its going to be a busy tower!

I'm already 250 feet above the rest of the metro area, all except some hills to the west of me. Getting up an extra 30 feet should help a lot with those hills and getting over some of the brush and trees everywhere else.

Its actually a pretty nice looking tower although it doesn't come with any hardware. I'll have to dig into my box of stainless steel bolts and also weld together a stainless base plate for it.
There have been many complaints about LED lights and noisy power supplies/transformers. Recommend you check out whatever you're buying for RF suitability before mounting.
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Yup, I put up some IP cameras and had to wrap several turns of the CAT5 through ferrites at the camera and the router end to calm down some noise. Plus I always run shielded CAT5 to keep noise out of my radios and radios out of my IP network.
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There have been many complaints about LED lights and noisy power supplies/transformers. Recommend you check out whatever you're buying for RF suitability before mounting.
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