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Tomy / KF7GC  4el SteppIR 40/30 option                          Joe / WDØM  4el SteppIR 40/30 option

Bob / WA5VSK  4el SteppIR 40/30 option                          Mike / KM4H 4el Rohn 25 tiltover tower

Owen / KB5XE  3el SteppIR 40/30 option  (Rohn 45 foldover)      Gunther / VA3GA  4el SteppIR 40/30 opt.

Gary / W2CEA  2el SteppIR 40/30 option                          W0PL / Paul  DB18 (installation tips)

Kirk / K6KAR  4el SteppIR 40/30 opt. (inspiration for KARLock)  Jerry  / K3BZ  4el SteppIR (TiltPlate #1)

Bill / KM1C   Optibeams 40-6M (3 yagi stack on 2 TiltPlates)    Russ / K4WB   Tennadyne T12 Log Periodic  

Del / KG6LQ   4 el SteppIR  (US Tower MA-850)                   Jim / K7YZ  4el SteppIR            

Tommy / W6IJ  M2 Log Periodic                                   Jeff / W0JM DB36 (lateral strut)

Dave / K8DH   4el SteppIR ("remove a tube" leveling)            Bernard / WA4OEJ 3el SteppIR 40/30 opt.        

Lou / W0FK    DB18 stackable                                    Adil  / A65EE  Optibeam 13-6 40-10M

Joe / KC2TN   4el SteppIR                                       Fred / W8FLC Mosley TA-63N (phase lines)

John/ WC0W    4el SteppIR  (U S Tower 572)                      Mark / WA2ILB 4el SteppIR (leveling tip)

Guy / ON4AMG  Optibeam OB13-6                                   Tom / K5AX  TH11DX (no KARLock mounting)

Bill / ND0B   SteppIP with dual 30/40 loops                     Ivan / WK1W Stacked TiltPlates

Kim / K4ATX   DB18 and U.S. TX 472 - Stackable                  Matt / KI6VJY Mini-TiltPlate & 2el Steppir

Pete / N4KW   Bencher SkyHawk & 40M dipole                      Herb / K4HMK Great pix showing tilt operation

Will / K4AAV  M2 Log Periodic (phasing tube example)            Ron / KB9NW DB36 - making a repair

Gary / W7DO   4 el SteppIR                                      Jack / WE5ST DB 42

Bill / K5UY   DB18 on US Tower                                  Dennis / N8ERF DB18E at Midland HS Club

Rulon / W7QR  DB42 with 80M dipole and 144/440 yagi             Charlie / AB3LE DB42 and VIDEO

Rich / W9YAC  DB18 on US Tower                                  Steve / N6SJ DB42 HDX589

Tad / WF4W    Mosley PRO67C (phasing tubes)                     Paul / WY7I Stack - 4el SteppIR & 2el OB2-40

Mike/ K4EU    US Tower 455, 3el SteppIR                 

 


 

Tomy KF7GC

Here are a few Pics of my Steppir 4 EL with 40/30 installation, to a TX-455 tower.

         

All of the antenna installation was done on the ground by myself.

         

 

Thanks for a great idea and product. The only thing I added was a couple of 12v winches. 

73! Tomy Ivan kf7gc



Owen  KB5XE 

I sure am proud of the plate. I no longer have to climb tower. It is a Rohn 45 fold-over. 

Happy Days are here again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Owen  KB5XE 

 

           

Tower in the tilted over position                                           Tower coming up at 45 degrees

 

  

Tower in the operational position                                    Tower in the operational position



Kirk  K6KAR

Kirk decided to add a TiltPlate, upgrade his Steppir with the 40/30 option, paint the boom, and coat the elements with a marine UV protectorate.   He credits his wife and daughter with helping but says he was able to do most of the work himself.  

 It's always easier when you can do it from the ground.  Great looking job Kirk!

KARLock (named for Kirk / K6KAR  and his suggestion to offer an optional lock) .

  

Ready to raise....                 Time for some DX



Del KG6LQ

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and congratulate you on a great product.  Your TiltPlate is built like a tank, with very high quality parts and precise machining.  It was a pleasant experience to have the U-bolts slide so easily into their respective holes.  Your design has resolved a long standing problem that I've suffered regarding antenna operation and maintenance. 

I bought the MA850 tower so that I would never have to climb a tower again.  However, when lowering it to ground I had to stop at the 18' length of my antenna elements.

Thanks again for a quality product!  Serial Number 16 will long outlive me!   Also thank you for providing a solution to my long standing dilema.   You can see more of Del's pictures on his WEB page
 
73, Del KG6LQ




Dave K8DH

Dave wanted to continue using a tall vertical in addition to the yagi/TiltPlate but didn't have enough mast to use the sidearm option and came up with a different solution.   Dave also provided the "remove a tube" method of leveling your antenna during installation.

Thanks for your ham brand ingenuity!

Dave's homebrew solution to attach a mast that is independent and rises above the TiltPlate.   He constructed a mount that lets the TiltPlate boom truss rotate between the cage that supports his vertical mast.

The sidearm option noted in the FAQs attaches below the TiltPlate and would have required a new mast about 2-3 feet longer.  And in Dave's case, cutting and lengthening his cables.

 


Joe WDØM

Joe / WDØM has a great web page with more pictures and commentary about his TiltPlate installation.  Here are a few shots, check out his web page for more. 

LEFT - Joe's "last time on a ladder"  removing his antenna and getting ready to install the Tiltplate.  

RIGHT - The TiltPlate is on the mast and ready for his SteppIR

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe enlisted the help of his XYL Deb for the installation.  She installed the U-bolts as Joe lifted the antenna in place.

Installation is complete and the tower is being raised. 



Gunther VA3GA

Another successfull TiltPlate installation on a very small city lot.
73 Gunther VA3GA.


(check out the weather vane on the boom truss, a neat idea...Al)

     

 


Jerry / K3BZ

Jerry has TiltPlate #1 and was one of the beta testers for the KARLock. 

(You might know Jerry better as the SteppIR support Guru)

 

      

Hi, Al... I've had the tower up and down twice and the KarLock performs just as expected. 

    

  

I definitely like the whole arrangement.  I can tilt the tower over, do whatever maintenance or repairs I need to do without a ladder, and tilt it back up again.... all in a couple of hours, safely, and easily. That doesn't seem to be a lot, but believe me, it's HUGE.  This is the tower and antenna set-up I always dreamed of, and the TiltPlate and KarLock just add the frosting to the cake.  This set-up will enable me to independently take care of my own antennas and equipment.... in virtually any physical condition, as long as I can move around.... for as far into the future as I can imagine.

 

73, Jerry K3BZ

 


Jim / K7YZ

MY NEW TILT PLATE IS UP AND DOING WELL.  

I HAVE A DIAMOND DUAL BAND ABOUT 17 FEET LONG ON TOP.  WE OFFSET IT TO MAKE UP FOR THE OFFSET OF THE TILT PLATE AND HAVE HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THE TILT PLATE DOING EXACTLY WHAT ITS WAS DESIGNED TO DO.

I AM VERY HAPPY WITH IT AND THANK YOU FOR THE PRODUCT AND HELP.  I  DIDN'T LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING TO CLIMB A 20 FOOT LADDER OR THE TOWER.

     

 

 


Bernard / WA4OEJ

The tower is a MA-850 and the antenna is a Steppir 3el with the 40/30 add-on.  

Show here in the retracted position.

 

 

 

By the way, we have had some pretty strong winds at the lake and it's operating just as advertised.  Good Job!!!

 

 73s, Bernard Vatz / WA4OEJ 



Bob / WA5VSK

 

Stackable Tiltplate and KARLock with lower antenna installed....

Click for more pix of the stackable TiltPlate

 

         

Pic shows the wind blowing at about 30 MPH with gusts as high as 40 MPH (Note the trees).  This is why I bought the KarLock. Pic shows the antenna really tilting but the KarLock engaging.  It works nicely. 

 


This, is a picture of my wind speed indicator, my neighbors flag.  Yes sir it was blowing  that day.  God Bless America!


73, Bob / WA5VSK



Gary W2CEA

Gary has a 2el SteppIR, and U.S Towers MA-850.  He is using a stackable TiltPlate with another antenna up above in this creative application and use of the garden gate.  Who says you need a lot of room for a tower and beam. 

 Below is a picture of his project in process.  

      

The SteppIR boom is in place, elements are next.  Gary will have to raise the tower to just above the fence to install the far side elements. 

  

 

   

Up and ready to raise.... 



Bill KM1C


The KM1C project is 3 yagis on one tower with 2 Stackable TiltPlates.

Bill provided pictures, commentary and video for his project.  Anyone considering stacking TiltPlates should take a look at "The KM1C Project" page.

 

Bill says he was going to do wires and verticals and low power for the rest of his ham radio live until he spotted the ad for the TiltPlates.  Read the rest of the story.

Click the PICTURE or link to go to "The KM1C Project" page.

 

16-Dec-2011 -- Update from Bill

"The day came that I had to do some maintenance on my OptiBeams: Easily done by virtue of my TiltPlates.  Cranked the tower down and over, did all the work by myself, cranked everything  back up. No tower climbing. All antenna work done at chest high, ground level,  except for the 6 meter beam. That required a 2-step step ladder, because it does  not have a TiltPlate and the boom is just out of reach from the ground. This was  far, far easier than the beam maintenance I used to do at 110' off the ground while  strapped to a 2" mast. I would sell my pets and children before I would sell my  TiltPlates!" .... KM1C

 



Tommy W6IJ

TiltPlate #002 and a Karlock with an M2 Log Periodic antenna.   I originally bought this TiltPlate for use with another antenna and decided to add a KARLock and use it with the M2 Log Periodic shown below. 

 

 

          

We found the "protractor method" spot on for the correct angle and to level the antenna.

 

Hooking up the boom truss cables.....

 

 

Front view.....

 

Note Phasing tubes routed around the boom truss mast.....

 


Lou / W0FK

DreamBeam 18

Lou is using a stacked TiltPlate with his Dream Beam 18E.  He writes  " My 6M beam is not built or installed yet. That will fit about 5' above the SteppIR on the main mast."

You have a well engineered product. It works great.

73,  Lou, W0FK

         

 

 

Lou recommends that users with the stacked plate that also use the boom support supplied by SteppIR for the DreamBeam 18E use the shim supplied with the TiltPlate under the LOWER u-bolt.  If a longer mast is used, it probably won't be needed.

And here is Lou's setup when complete with the 6M antenna installed.



Mike / KM4H
 
4el SteppIR

Mike has a 4el SteppIR installed on a Rohn 25 Tiltover tower.  Click here for more information on using a TiltPlate with one of these towers.

With a TiltPlate installed the antenna comes down to ground level.  Mike is going to send more pictures showing the tower tilted next time he lowers it for maintenance.

Here are some pictures of Mike's project.  He says "everything went fine with installation and I’ve already had occasion to use it again."

 

 


W0PL /  Paul

DreamBeam 18

Paul says this assembly would not have been possible, in the small area that I have to work in, without the use of your Tiltplate. I sincerely thank you for a novel innovation and a quality product!

 

Paul / W0PL provided some installation tips that might be helpful to others who are assembling a DB18E on a TiltPlate.
CLICK for more information and pictures

Tower ready to raise

 

View from the porch

 

Tower being raised....

 

Closeup of the KARLock

 

 

 


Russ / K4WB
 
Tennadyne T12.10-30HD on an US Tower HDX-555.

 

 

 

Building the antenna was a breeze considering the size – 36 foot booms with the longest element reaching 53 feet. I attached the NN4ZZ TiltPlate to the mast, then the T12 booms to the TiltPlate and built all the elements – right on the ground. Very easy and no heavy lifting as it all sat on the sawhorses.

 

Thank goodness for Al’s TiltPlate. I built the T12 with the booms already attached to the TiltPlate and the tower in the horizontal position. Everything went together smoothly and it works great on all the bands

 

 

 

Click here for more information on the Modification for the NEW Tennadyne HD model T12 10-30 HD

 

 

 

TiltPlate works great.... Thanks again for this great device.

73

Russ, K4WB

 

 


 

Jeff  / W0JM
 
SteppIR Dreambeam 36

 

 

Jeff writes his DB36 is up and ready for the Minnesota winter now with his custom strut to address the problem some DB36 user have reported with a "too flexible" boom.    If you look closely you can see both the vertical and lateral boom truss masts and cables in the picture above.  Below is a closeup showing the cables highlighted in RED and BLUE.

 

Click here to read more about the boom flex problem and solutions.

 

 

The picture below shows how the boom can bow under the weight of the trombone elements.   Jeff does not have his lateral strut installed in this picture.

 

The RED line is added in the copy below to help see the bend.....

Here are Jeff's notes and closeup pictures for his strut mount. 

Using your measurements as a guide, I fabricated a truss using 2" angled aluminum, 1/2 " plate aluminum and a couple of 2" element clamps that I had left over from my DB-36 project. The 3' tubing is left over from the aluminum antenna mast that I had cut to mount the tilt plate. I used 1/8" UV-resistant Dacron double weave rope and thimbles at each endpoint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great job Jeff!    And thanks for sharing the pictures and notes for others that may want to make one also.  

  


 

Adil / A65EE

 
Optibeam 13-6

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Al and His wife now My OptiBeam OB 13-6 is up easily without any problem....
I just changed a bit the location of the boom to mast plate place and swiched the boom truss positions...
was very easy to put it up.. Great work exellent TILT PLATE i call it one man job to put the antenna up...
No more calling for crain and helpers ...
Al keep the great work and well done God bless..

Adil
A65ee

  


Joe / KC2TN

Joe recently added a KARLock to his installation and comments:

Thanks for the quick service!  The Karlock arrived Wednesday morning and I had it installed in about 2 hours. And it works GREAT!

4 El SteppIR

 

 

 


Fred / W8FLC

Fred has a Mosley TA-63N on a tower that pivots 8 feet off the ground.  
Here are some of his construction photos showing how the phasing lines are run. 













I got the beam all put together today, but I don't have the coax run yet.  Although my tower pivots at 8 feet off the ground, the beam is still easy to work on.

Thanks again for coming up with this idea so this old man does not have to climb up the tower and service the beam. The whole beam was assembled on the tilt plate with the tower lowered.
Regards,
Fred(W8FLC)

 

 



John / WC0W

SteppIR 4el

U.S Tower 572

 

Thank you for the fast turnaround. Three days from ordering to delivery, wow. With the TiltPlate I was able to install my new Steppir 4 element beam with just my wife and myself. It was easy. I had the beam up and working on day 4 of the order. It built like a tank and yet has the beauty of a fine piece of machinery.

Thanks for saving my back and my wife's(WC0T) back. When I told her she didn't have to help me raise and lower the antennas any more she said buy the Tiltplate now.

73
John and Leigh
WC0W & WC0T

 

 

 

 

 


Mark / WA2ILB

HDX-555 tower with a 4EL SteppIR beam

Monster model and KARLock

 

Mark ordered the monster version in case he decides on an antenna upgrade in the future. 

 

 

Here is a picture and his comments on how he leveled the antenna to the proper angle on the Tilt-Plate.  His method is a variation on method 3 for SteppIR antenna installation

First I attachched the boom to the TiltPlate with the u-bolts.  Then I closed the TiltPlate and held it shut with a couple of clamps. I then took a square and placed it on the mast plate and the right next to the boom. I drew a line with a magic marker on the edge of the mast plate.  I then rotated the SteppIR boom until the EHU mounting plates on the SteppIR boom were parallel to square and line. Viola, perfect alignment!

This might be useful for others installing a SteppIR on your great Tilt-Plate.

The EHU mounting plate on the SteppIR boom plate is visible in foreground....

                                                                                                              

 

Here are some pictures describing and illustrating the installation process and Mark's first tests with the 4 el steppIR.

The weather dawned clear, cool and sunny Saturday morning, September 22, 2012. Just a beautiful day for an antenna raising party. George, N1GB (my right hand man through all this) and Bob, KB1IZU, arrived just before 9 am to help with the final assembly of the 4EL SteppIR beam and raise the tower vertical.



Emacs!



Prior to installing the fiberglass elements there is a testing procedure to be sure all the control wires for the four elements are connected properly. During this test the driven element stepper motor failed to deploy the copper elements properly. Murphy showed up again! We disassembled the driven element housing and manually rotated the drive mechanism. The electrical test was run again and this time it worked perfectly. Evidently, the mechanism, for what ever reason, bound up slightly during shipping and just needed a little nudge to get it working properly.  (Al's note: it's always easier to do from the ground)

This picture shows the fiberglass element housings all installed just prior to raising the tower.



Emacs!



Due to the very heavy duty nature of the tower and antenna it was necessary to get a little help from hydraulics. My good friend and neighbor came over with his tractor and lent a helping bucket to get it up. I will be checking out acquiring a heavier duty winch with a higher gear ratio to make it possible to raise the tower without the help from the tractor.



Emacs!



Finally the tower and antennas are in the vertical position ready for connection, testing and the first contact.



Emacs!

What a thing of beauty to any ham.

Emacs!

This picture is of the "Tilt-Plate" that allows the SteppIR to remain horizontal as it is raised to the vertical position. This means that there is absolutely no climbing necessary, ever!   If the antenna rotates in the wind more than a few degrees that hook engages the U-bolt and prevents it from rotating any further.

I used two of the drilled holes in the tilting plate to run the reflector and driven element control cables through the plate to route them away from the boom. This eliminates any possibility of a wire-tie breaking and the loose control cable being crushed by the boom to plate U-bolts. I used some small rubber grommets to protect the cables from the holes sharp edges.


Yesterday, Sunday, September 23, 2012, I routed the control cables and feed lines into the shack and installed the necessary connectors. At approximately 12:30 pm the SteppIR beam became "radio active". WOW, I was hearing and contacting stations that I could not hear on my 40 meter zepp wire antenna.

Signal reports from all over Europe, Africa, Alaska, Japan and South America were 59+ just running 100 watts. Anyone want to buy an amplifier? ;-) Just kidding.

There is still a lot to do to get the grounding, cabling and landscaping done. I am going to get to it after a day or two of making contacts and enjoying my dream come true.

 

5-Oct-2012 update.   All done and I have been working stations that I can't even hear on my other wire antennas!  Your Monster Tilt-Plate worked flawlessly and if I decide to go bigger on the antenna I am all set.   The Tilt-Plate made the assembly and raising of the antenna a breeze and extremely safe!

73,
WA2ILB,




Guy / ON4AMG

Optibeam OB13-6

Monster model - stackable

 


Here are pictures of Guy's tower and his comments: 

"Your tilt plate has enabled me to build everything on my own without having to climb the tower or having to involve a large crane. "


 

 

I am really really pleased with the final result, it was a lot of fun being able to put everything together on ground level.

 

Best 73's
Guy

 


Tom / K5AX

TH11DX

Standard model TiltPlate

 

Tom didn't need the KARLock in his location so he mounted the TH11DX directly to the moveable plate of the TiltPlate. 

(Note: if you want to use a KARLock with this antenna,  the adapter  is needed.  When you order the TiltPlate for this antenna the adapter is supplied.  Click here for more information on this.   -- Al's comment)

 

 

 

( Note:  when using the TiltPlate with the supplied adapter, the antenna boom mounts between the plates.  In Tom's installation he mounted it on the outside and had to raise the phasing tubes 1 inch to provide the necessary clearance.  -- Al's comment)

Note: in this setup with the antenna plate on the outside of the moveable TiltPlate, you have to raise the phasing tubes up a little higher.  Here are  Tom's notes:  The Th11DX comes with 5 phasing line stand offs. You can combine the pieces and make three stand offs out of the pieces.   The 3 Stand offs are enough.

 

73 de Tom K5AX

 


Bill / ND0B

SteppIR with (2) 30/40 loops

 

Thanks again for a great product!!!
73 de Bill ND0B

 

 


Ivan / WK1W

Stacked TiltPlates

Force 12 5BA bottom

2 el 40M on top

 

 

Ivan's review on eHam (Thanks for the nice review....Al)

 

 


Kim / K4ATX

SteppIR DB 18

US Tower TX-472

 

 


Matt / KI6VJY

2el SteppIR

Mini-TiltPlate

 

I could not have pulled this one off without your TiltPlate . Photo attached of the 2 element SteppIR threading the needle between two trees and over a hedge. Thank you for an excellent product!

Matt / KI6VJY

 

 


Pete / N4KW

Bencher SkyHawk with a NN4ZZ Tilt Plate on a US Tower

Above the Yagi is a 40M dipole.

 

Pete / N4KW

 


Herb / K4HMK

 

Nice installation and the pictures below show Herb's setup in all 4 of the stages

 - Operational

- Tower Nested

- Tilting over

- Final postion and resting on a bracket for maintenance or bad weather

Operational

 

Nested

 

 

Herb brought us these pictures while we were in Orlando for Hamcation this year (2013).   They were very helpful in showing folks how easy it is to work on your antenna, tower and rotor from the ground with a tiltplate.  As Herb mentioned, all we need to add is a lounge chair and a tall glass of ice tea.   Thanks again Herb!

 

 


Will / K4AAV

U.S Tower TX-455

M2 Antenna 7-10-30 LP8

 

Note:  You can see  how Will routed the phasing tubes for his log periodic.  One in front and one behind the moveable plate.

 

Here are some pictures showing the tower being raised up to the operating position.....

 

Tower in fully extended and opeartional position.  The UHF/VHF vertical is mounted above the LP.

I know I am preaching to the choir, but working at ground level to complete the antenna and raise it was just too incredible. Thanks again for your incredible product.

R/S

Will, K4AAV

 

 

 

 


Ron / KB9NW

SteppIR DB36 with our optional "lateral truss support"

 

Here is a good example of when the ability to work on your antenna really comes in handy.  Ron has a DB36 and discovered the loop return had come off.  This first picture shows the missing loop.   He discovered it on a Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm. 

 

This pictures shows the antenna and tower lowered so he can make the repair.

 


Thanks to Al NN4ZZ and his Tilt-Plate, the antenna was lowered, tilted, repaired and operational in just 3 hours.

 

 

 


Gary / W7DO

4 el SteppIP

 

 

Gary building the SteppIR on the ground on the TiltPlate

 

Tower tilted up and ready to raise.....

Gary commented "I would not have bought any Steppir without the availability of your tilt-plate, to maintain and repair the antenna system. You can quote me. "

Thanks Gary!

 


Jack / WE5ST

DreamBeam 42

UST HDX-572.

 

Overall,  the tilt plate is a real work saver. I built the antenna on the tilttplate mounted to the mast/tower. I had to lower and raise the tower (horiz to vert) several times in the troubleshooting process. Can't imagine how I could have accomplished that without a crane!

Jack / WE5ST

 

( The DB42 is a BIG antenna! Here are the specs.....Al)

 

Jack's DB42 - ready to go!

 

Closeup of the new boom truss support - provided by N6SJ

 


Bill / K5UY

US tower TX-472  Motorized

Dreambeam 18E

Everything is up ....   Again Tnxs for all the help 

Bill Hardage

 

 

This looks almost too easy! 

 

Closeup.....

 

 


Dennis / N8ERF

DB18E installed at the Midland High School Amateur Radio Club site at Midland High School, in Midland, Michigan.

 The people in the photos are either student club members or mentor/advisors.


Rulon / W7QR

DreamBeam 42

Rulon purchased one of the Monster TiltPlates in May of 2012 and recently changed antennas to a SteppIR DB42 with the 80M dipole option.    He also mounted his 144/440 antenna on the boom truss mast and reports it is working fine.

Beginning to build the DB42 on the ground and on the TiltPlate.

 

 

Notice the location of the various relay and switch boxes.  

 

 

 

You can see the 144/440 yagi in this picture

  

 

 

Hope you enjoy the pictures,
 
Rulon Passey
W7QR 


Charlie / AB3LE

DreamBeam 42

Click here or on the PICTURE below to see Charlie's VIDEO on  


Rich / W9YAC

DreamBeam 18

U S Tower 472MDP

Click here for a short video of the antenna

DB18 is up and the Tiltplate works great.

73 Rich Mercer W9YAC


Steve / N6SJ

U. S Towers HDX 589

DreamBeam 42

Monster "stackable" TiltPlate and KARLock

 

Steve provided some great pictures and tips for using the TiltPlate with the DB42.  My thanks to him for documenting so well.  This a complex antenna and there are always several ways to skin the cat.   I'm sure other DB42 users will be able to take advantage of these ideas.   Al / NN4ZZ

 

 

It took about 2 months of on and off work to finish everything.  I built the DB42 right on the TiltPlate on the end of the mast on my tilted over tower.  The biggest problem was getting everything square and parallel while working on sloping ground with lots of brush in the way.  I didn’t want to clear-cut the area because the brush helps to screen the tower from the house.  I probably spent the first two weeks fiddling with a 4’ level and carpenter’s square before I felt confident tightening all the element brackets onto the boom.

 

 

 

To get the elements level on the tower, I first closed the TiltPlate with clamps and attached the DIR #1 element plate with ½ of the center fiberglass tube attached.  I used masking tape to attach a carpenter’s square onto the TiltPlate surface that’s clamped to the mast.  Then I stood back and visually lined up the tube with the square.  The carpenter’s square and long piece of fiberglass gave me more confidence than the rather short pieces I saw one of your other customers use for the same procedure.  I found if I stood back about 50 feet and used binoculars to look at the two edges, I could clearly see when they were perfectly lined up.  Once that was done, I visually lined up all the other elements to be parallel to this first one.  The result was a level antenna with parallel elements.

 

For the boom truss mast, I didn’t want to allow the mast to lean over with the TiltPlate as this would greatly reduce the angle of pull on the far side of the boom, making SteppIR’s new double-truss design much less effective.  I used some additional DX Engineering V-clamps and your furnished shim to offset the upper edge of the mast from the TiltPlate.  This resulted in the boom truss mast only being tilted by 3 to 4 degrees off vertical.  The truss tightened up fine with good purchase on both sides of the boom for lateral stability. 

 

 

 

I chose not use mount the SteppIR mast-to-boom plate like another of your customers did.  I didn’t want to offset all those components horizontally, especially since I also had the 80M dipole option.  I used a couple of un-used 3” SteppIR clamps to mount the connector junction box right onto the TiltPlate.  I used one existing hole and drilled one additional hole in the plate and used leftover 5/16” SteppIR bolts to hold it on.  The photo shows how I added a threaded rod standoff to tie down the cables as well, attached to another empty hole on the TiltPlate.

 

 

This  photo shows how close the big center element, DIR #1, ends up to the tilted over US Tower HDX 589.  Until the element truss was tightened up, the inner fiberglass pole was lying right on the steel, and I wasn’t sure it was going to  clear the tower!

You can see the KF7P curved standoff at the top of the tower.  This is an after-market part that Chris made on order for me.  It provides a gentle sweep-90 bend to get the coax into the vertical plane without creating the sharp right angle bend

 

The last main task was running AC power through liquid-tight conduit between the breaker box and electrical panel at the end of my conduits.  That’s where I installed the Remote Driver board in a little LMB aluminum box I found at HSC Electronics in Sunnyvale.  You can see the 33V wall wart at the bottom of the panel. 

 

 

I had Valerie run the controller while I listened to the happy sounds of copper beryllium scraping along the insides of the fiberglass tubes.  I tested it with all the final cable runs coiled up on the ground just to be sure I wasn’t installing any bad cable.

 

 

Time to tilt it up!

 

The hardest part of using your fine TiltPlate was convincing myself I had gotten the first DIR #1 element square with the main mast.  I must have fussed over lining up the carpenter’s square and fiberglass tube for several days!  Once convinced, everything else was easy.  The TiltPlate is a great way to build a 240 pound antenna on the ground with no sawhorses and no helpers!

It was sundown as I soldered the PL 259 onto the vertical coax run Sunday afternoon.  I went inside, heard a pack calling S21ZBB and worked him on 17M for my first QSO on this antenna, an auspicious start!

73,

Steve

N6SJ

 

 

 

 


Tad / WF4W 

Mosley PRO 67C

Heights 72ft tower

 

Picture during construction and assembly

 

The Mosley PRO 67C has phasing tubes between the driven elements. 

 

CLICK here for more tips on assembly and the phasing tube set up for the Mosley PRO 67B & 67C

 

 

 

Click here for more pictures of Tad's tower and antenna procect.

 

I will be putting up a different 6 meter beam and adding a 2 meter beam on down the road.  (and it will be easy to do with a TiltPlate)
 
You can also see the trench from the house out to the tower---about 120' with 3 separate conduits--1" for power, 1.5" for control cables and 3" for coax.
 
It is all playing well so far.
 
73, Tad, WF4W 

 

 


Paul / WY7I

Stack - 4el SteppIR & 2el Optibeam OB2-40

 

2el OB2-40 on a non-stackable TiltPlate on top

4el SteppIR on a stackable TiltPlate on the bottom.

Project went up on 6-Apr-2014 - first picture below

 

 

 

 


Mike / K4EU

US Tower TX455

3 el Steppir, weather station, vertical and small yagi above

 

 

 

Now maintenance work and repairs can be done from the ground.

 

73, Mike


 

 

Your Pictures here.....

  Your  pictures could help someone that has a similiar antenna or tower setup.