The EZ-Way 40Ft. Crank up, tilt over tower.
This is how the tower looked at Nick W2PAV's Qth. Nick is a great guy, and was moving. He donated the Tower, Antennas, loads of Feedline and more, as he was going to a restricted community. Thanks Nick :) You are truly awesome!
View of the base of the tower at Nick's Qth. I cut the stubs off flush at the concrete.
View of the two winches on the Tower. One raises and lowers and the other is for tilt over.
The main Tower sections collapsed and on the ground at my shop.
This is a view of the base section that the main tower mounts to at my shop. Note the stubs below the flanges. More to come on those stubs later.
Here is the top section of the tower with the rotator. Sorry the pic. is sideways. I will fix it, I promise.
The base section of the Tower with stubs, Welded to a 1 inch steel plate.
My buddy Teeny is an Iron Worker, and he got this plate for me and drilled the holes with a magnet drill. I welded the stubs to the plate on both sides. This will make the tower movable, if needed be to be moved another site in the future.
A close up view of the stubs with flanges welded to the plate.
The hole for the tower at about 3 foot deep. I hade a hare up my butt early one sat. morning and started to dig.
Here we see Dave N2GOZ working his magic on my crude hole.
Allright, now here's Mr Daves smiling face. Now this is a man that just loves to play in the sandbox :)
Now here is a man that just loves getting down and dirty into his work.
I know. Thisis a plug, if you need a hole dug, you got his number call this mug.
Dave's wife Julie K2JMS stopped by just in time to remove the final shovel of earth from the hole. She said this is gonna cost you 20 bucks. Dave shelled out the cash and she was on her way to a great shopping extravaganza with her daughter. (love ya Julie).
This is a view of the mounting bolts and rebar being welded together, using the base plate as a jig.
Another view of the subteranian mounting hardware.
Yet another view of the mounting hardware removed from the base plate, and looking down into the contraption from the top side.
The finished hole in the ground. Good job Dave. Looks like this thing was made in the Factory, or by a real smart whistlepig.
Just another Pic of the hole showing the tape measure. I did this just to cover my ass in the event an inspector questions anything.
A view of the mounting hardware in the hole. Fits like it was made together.
A close up of the mounting harware in the hole. Once filled with cement, never to be seen again.
The mounting harware with the form in place. We will be mixing cement soon.
29 80LB. bags of cement on the trailer. Boy my back is gonna be sore tonight.
Here it is, the cats ass of cement mixers. I honestly beleive this thing was made sometime just after they changed the water. It was lying in the weeds by my house for who knows how long. I drag this beast out and then had to bomb the ever living jesus out of it with hornet spray. After that calmed down i was able to load it in the trailer and take it to the shop for evaluation.
The electric motor was frozen solid, and probably had been for 20 years. Being it was a holiday weekend my futile atemps to put a gas motor on it wer not met with much delight for the lack of simple parts like a pully. Boom a light bulb went off in my head. I simply welded a stud onto the main pully and just used a drill to run it. The red drill you see on it was useless it started belching smoke imediatly. On to a heavy duty one that will snap your wrist and we wer in the cement mixing buiseness.
The cement is finally done. Beleve it or not the mixer and the drill survived.
Just another pic. of the cement and form.
The mounting base secured and level on the slab. we figured it was best to mount this now, so as the cement cures it will not move any of the studs.
A close up of the base mounted to the slab. I chose the nut under and nut over scheme as it will always allow me to keep the tower level.
And i would like to give my most greatest thanks to Dave N2GOZ for getting me back into this hobby. And for all the hard work with antennas and this tower, and introducing me to all you great folks here on the system.
05/31/08 The rain held off amazingly, after some good deals at the BARA Hamfest i figured the cement was now as hard as my head and I strapped a handtruck to one end of the tower and rolled it over ever so gently into position. I had to lift it on the one end over my head to bolt it to the hinge on the base.
This is a view of the ground rod and cables installed.
Cable hooked up, now it tilts up and down. Woo Hoo.
The top section of the tower installed. I removed the rototator, installed a mast mount rotor bracket in it's place. Removed the thrust bearing and top bushing, then got a piece of galvanized fence pipe and made up the mast. The mast comes out of the tower approximatly 10 feet.
A close up of the mount for the mast.
The tower, standing behind the shop.
Another view of the tower.
Here's a pic of me. JT aka KC2DHU your host for cyberspace exravanza letting the tower hold my sore ass up. LOL
Now it is on to feedline, antennas and all the other riff raff involved. I will keep you posted.
The Hustler G7-144 Roosting on the mast.
The EZ-Way Tower and Hustler complete. In the near future I will be making up some side arms and getting the Hy Gain 6 meter antenna and feedline up to get that six meter link up and on the air.