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    Default Tower Installation

    I'm interested in installing a 50' free-standing tower at my home, but the thought of doing this raises a lot of questions. It doesn't seem that many companies even install towers anymore. I wouldn't mind doing a lot of the work myself. I would appreciate any advice and answers to the following questions...

    1.) Where can I buy the tower sections?
    2.) How big of a footing do I need?
    3.) I would assume that it's a good idea to have the area checked for utilities and pipes before digging, right?
    4.) Are there any local restrictions with having a tower?
    Andrew

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    Andrew...

    Do an internet search for Ham Radio equipment suppliers... There are a bunch of them and most sell various brands / types of towers.

    The size of the footing depends on the height, load rating, and type of tower.

    ALWAYS check for underground utilities, etc, before digging.

    Local communities can have all sorts of requirements / restrictions / zoning laws on towers. You'll want to look into this before doing anything else.

    Often, finding someone who is qualified to construct a tower is the biggest issue. Commercial tower builders will charge BIG BUCK$ for doing the job. On the other hand, there are people who build towers, for much less cost, who really have no qualification to build a bird feeder, let alone, a tower. I've had to fix a few towers built by those folks. I've been horrified by some of the installations I've seen.

    73, Ed NN2E
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    Andrew,

    Everything you want to know is in this publication.

    https://www.arrl.org/shop/Antenna-To...Radio-Amateurs

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    Thanks for the advice guys. I was able to find a professional tower installer in my area. He said that the first step is to contact the city I live in and find out if there are any restrictions on towers. He knows the area, and he says that there may be some I need to make note of. Once I figure this out, I'll see if I can proceed. GACTVDX, if it's permissible, I'll order that book you recommend. I wouldn't mind learning how to climb a tower myself and do modifications if necessary. I'm still young (33 years old), so climbing and heights don't discourage me.
    Andrew

    My TV and FM DX Photos from Akron, Ohio...
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/133179000@N04/albums

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