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by Ray M1REK
Date Added: Monday 18 April, 2011
We took 2 of these fibreglass masts on our Dxpedition to the Isle of Barra
in April 2011. The main one we used to hold up a wire doublet antenna
which was almost 38 metres in length. The other mast was used to hold up a
ground plane, with 4 radials, for 20 metres. While we were staying on
Barra we experienced very high winds, force 7 gusting to 8. The ferry was
cancelled and the fishing boats did not put out to sea. We experienced
failure of the traditional fibreglass fishing poles, but no problems with
the Ham Radio Shop fibreglass masts.
These masts are slightly heavier than the traditional poles, which
probably accounts for their strength. They are easy to erect and each
section locks when full extended. When erected they are quite flexible
which gives them their durability in high winds. We also did not
experience the slip in wet weather (one section slides inside the one
below it) that tends to happen with traditional poles.
We guyed the masts with 3 guy ropes attached to the mast with a short
piece (25mm) of 40mm diameter polypropylene pipe slipped over the mast. We
fixed them at the base with plastic ground screws which are designed to
fix rotary clothes driers and can be purchased from DIY stores.
In conclusion I believe these masts are good quality and offer excellent
value for money.
More info and pictures on our website www.m1rek.co.uk