Airdorn said:But for a REAL man's mast, do like I did and go buy some 2" contractor's gas line and put it in a hole with some Quick-crete.
PVC is fine for a quick and dirty antenna mount but in a fix location you will need to replace it in a year> Most PVC pipe will not hold up to the sun UV rays and the motion even a small antenna will put on it. I also wonder what kind of mount your going to use that only needs 2ft of mast? MOst antennas take a 6inch to a foot and the mount end takes a couple of feed in most cases. If you just need short mast, Radio shack and Lowes has 5ft steal mast to do the job right.crvickers said:Just out of curiosity, is ok to use pvc for a antenna mast? What I'm thinking of doing is using about 2 feet of 1" pvc for a small antenna mast. Just wanted to know what people thought about it.
Wow, forgot the first rule of antenna safety! total length (antenna and mast/tower) should always be 10' less than nearest power line!I don't think its a good idea to use PVC Pipe.
Its not strong enough to support much of an antenna
Also I was helping a guy that insisted on using PVC Pipe or part of his mast with a ground plane antenna and it bent on him and folded back into powerlines and killed him on the way to the hospital.
Luckily I wasn't holding the mast when it happened.
Was a great ham other than that decision :-(