The ALUMA T-50H TOWER
The ALUMA TOWER T-50H INSTALLATION
Part 1- PERMIT / DELIVERY
The Town approved the tower permit June 17, 2011. The fee was $50 and the Building Inspector was very knowledgable on tower installations, from amateur radio to cell towers. The process from application to approval was 6 working days. Shortly after i picked up the permit and ordered the tower.
The tower and accessories shipped in a 26 foot wood crate. Shipment departed Monday August 8th from the Aluma Tower Company in Vero Beach, Florida via YRC Yellow Freight. Delivery was Friday August 12th. Russ K1RTA offered his help and the use of a cement mixer. Thanks so much! …The tower arrives!
The Crate size was 26′ x 2′ x 2′ and weighed 796 pounds! Russ K1RTA pulled the crate with his vehicle and dragged it onto the driveway. The crate size seemed intimidating but it was easy.
Russ, Joe and I dismantled the crate. It was easy with 1/2 inch pine and thin staples. Most of the weight was the MP-2 Ground Post. The tower was only 100 pounds! My wife, KB1VAJ took the photos.
Unloading time was 2 hours. Aluma Tower did a great job crating the tower to ship. The company sells a great product and it is well worth the money.
Part 2- The Foundation
A few days after delivery, Russ and I began work. The foundation size was 44″w x 34″d x 36″h. That’s rather large for a T-50H tower (standard size is 30″ x 30″ x 36″). We made th foundation larger due to more sand around the house. It was easy to shovel sand. 2 hours and 20 wheelbarrows later we cut part of the wood crate into 36″ x 10″ boards to form the foundation. The wood is held together with screws.
42 bags of Quikcrete was delivered yesterday, August 9th. Assembling the rebar cage snd mounting the foundation screws to the T-Base today. Tomorrow we mount the MP-2 post and rebar cage and then pour.
We bought 16 more bags of QuiKcrete.
Part 2-Tower Installation
Before connecting the tower to the T-Base, i’m installing a 3,000 pound 12 Volt DC Full Breaking ATV Winch from Harbor Freight., a NAPA Deep Cycle Marine Battery / Battery Box and a Battery Minder Charger/Conditioner. These items will replace the manual winch that came with the tower. it takes too long to hand crank. A high torque cordless drill was sufficient.
Part 4-Grounding,Guying,Rotor,Antennas and Coax
4 ft. Galvanized screws anchors,shackles and T 304 stainless turnbuckles.
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