Ham Radio Tower | Aluma Tower (2023)

Telescopic Towers – Guyed andUnguyed

Aluma proudly offers aluminum guyed and unguyed towers as an efficient solution to meet any of your ham radio, HF, or UHF/VHF requirements. The lower section can be bracketed to a suitable structure rather than guyed, ensuring solid lateral support for your tower.

We offer two, three, and four section towers, comprised of telescoping sections, rising to 30 – 100 feet. Our ham radio crank up tower models are constructed of extruded6061-T6 tubing, both lightweight and strong. Tower sections are manually welded by certified welders using the TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding process. All towers are rigged to allow the sections to telescope simultaneously, using stainless steel cable and pulleys. Aluma towers are designed according to the TIA-222-G Structural Standard for antenna supporting structures and antennas.

Aluma includes the following standard features with your tower:

  • Tilting base: either our unique H-type hinge base or T-type tilt base (fixed base can be substituted at no charge)For permanent applications, the tower base is attached to a concrete pad. For temporary applications, an optional temporary base is available for quick, short-term deployment,such as field day, emergency operations, or mountain-top operation.
  • Aluma’s engineered building brackets provide six inches of standoff for attachment to a suitable structure (house, barn, shed, etc.) against one side of the tower (custom brackets are available for an extra fee)
  • All tower hardware, including stainless steel rigging, and cables and pulleys
  • Zinc-plated hand crank worm gear winch (electric winches, both DC and AC, are available)
  • Welded aluminum guy ears at the top of each section, color-coded to Aluma’s guy wire systems (guy wires sold separately)
  • Aluminum masts for easy attachment of antennas or instrumentation
  • Safety stop latch to remove tension on cables and eliminate unwanted retraction
  • Updated aluminum rollers to facilitate smooth extension and retraction

Tower options range from:

  • Standard Duty HN
  • Extra Heavy-Duty Towers XHD
  • Extra-Extra Heavy-Duty XXHD

Standard Duty HN

18 sf wind load 125 lb of payload 70 mph

Standard Duty Models for Amateur Radio applications:T-50HN; T-75HN;T-100HN

The HN series is designed to accommodate antennas with large wind surface areas of up to 18 sq. ft (1.6723 m²) and 125 lb (56 kg) of maximum payload capacity. They are tested with these loads at wind speeds of 70 mph (112.65 kph). Payload is equal to the total weight of the antenna(s), rotator, and the mast.

These models are equipped with a universal rotor plate welded in place to accommodate a large variety of commercially available rotors, Hygain (up to Ham IV) and the Yaesu 800-1000, enabling the orientation of a beam or other directional type antenna. All tower packages include a heavy-duty 8 ft (2.4384 m) mast 2 in (5.0800 cm) diameter and 1/8 in (0.31750 cm) wall, guy ears on each section, an engineered building bracket, and tilt base which allows tower tilt over to ground level.

The “N” indicator on model numbers denotes the capacity of the tower to be fully nested when a rotor is installed on the top section. This is a special feature only available for Amateur Radio models.

Tower Model

T-50HN

T-75HN

T-100HN

Aluma Part No.900054900058900456
Sales DrawingQS-1319QS-1231QS-1027
Tower Construction(No. of Section / Section length)2 / 25 ft3 / 25 ft4 / 25 ft
Number Of Section234
Tower SectionsB, CB, C, DB, C, D, E
Length Of Each Section25 ft25 ft25 ft
Maximum Height W/ Mast50 ft71 ft92 ft
Nested Height W/O Mast20 ft 6 in25 ft 9 in26 ft
Width Of Unit16 in21 in26 in
Raising SystemHand CrankHand CrankHand Crank
Type Of BaseTTT
Approximate Weight102 lb195 lb300 lb
Maximum Pay Load125 lb125 lb125 lb
Maximum Wind Load18 sq. ft18 sq. ft18 sq. ft
Maximum Wind70 mph70 mph70 mph

Download specs here:T-50HN, T-75HN,T-100HN, Technical Data Summary

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23 sf 200 lbs 70 mph

Extra Heavy-Duty Models:T-50XHD; T-75XHD.

The extra heavy-duty aluminum crank-up tower can accommodate antennas with larger surface areas. These towers can handle up to 23 sq. ft (2.1368 m²) of antenna surface area and 200 lb (90 kg) of maximum payload capacity in wind speeds up to 70 mph (112.65 kph). They feature an extra heavy-duty 8 ft (2.4384 m) mast with 2 in (5.0800 cm) diameter and ¼ in (0.63500 cm) wall, guy ears on each section, heavy-duty building bracket, and tilt base and can accommodate a variety of commercially available rotors. Contact your sales person for additional details.

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Tower Model

T-50XHD

T-75XHD

Aluma Part No.900063900065
Sales DrawingQS-1000QS-1029
Tower Construction(No. of Section / Section length)2 / 25 ft3 / 25 ft
Number Of Section23
Tower SectionsC, DC, D, E
Length Of Each Section25 ft25 ft
Maximum Height W/ Mast50 ft71 ft
Nested Height W/O Mast25 ft 6 in25 ft 9 in
Width Of Unit21 in26 in
Raising SystemHand CrankHand Crank
Type Of BaseTT
Approximate Weight150 lb290 lb
Maximum Pay Load200 lb200 lb
Maximum Wind Load23 sq. ft23 sq. ft
Maximum Wind70 mph70 mph

Download specs here:T-50XHD, T-75XHD

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25 sf 275 lb 70mph

Extra-Extra Heavy-Duty Models:T-50XXHD

The extra-extra heavy-duty aluminum crank-up towers are designed to accommodate larger, heavy duty rotors and pedestals for multiple antennas. These models are designed for payloads up to 275 lbs (136 kg) and up to 25 sq. ft (2.3226 m²) of antenna surface area, in tested wind speeds up to 70 mph (112.65 kph). The extra- extra heavy-duty towers are complete with a heavy-duty 2 in (5.0800 cm) diameter x ¼ in (0.63500 cm) wall mast, guy ears on each section, heavy- duty building bracket, and tilt base.

Tower Model

T-50XXHD

Aluma Part No.900067
Sales DrawingQS-1769
Tower Construction(No. of Section / Section length)2 / 25 ft
Number Of Section2
Tower SectionsD, E
Length Of Each Section25 ft
Maximum Height W/ Mast50 ft
Nested Height W/O Mast25 ft 3 in
Width Of Unit26 in
Raising SystemHand Crank
Type Of BaseT
Approximate Weight290 lb
Maximum Pay Load275 lb
Maximum Wind Load25 sq. ft
Maximum Wind70 mph

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Tower Mounting Solutions

Aluma towers can be installed on a building utilizing our building bracket, but they can also be installed in open areas with or without the use of concrete. Our innovative mount solutions allow the towers to support the same payload capacity regardless.

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Mounting Pole (MP-2) Direct Ground Mount – no concrete

The MP-2 Mounting Pole allows the customer to install an Aluma tower without a concrete pad. This eliminates the need for bracketing the tower to an existing structure. The installation requires only a 6 ft deep hole and locally available dirt and gravel. It uses water to compact the soil and stabilize the system. Aluma has hundreds of current customers utilizing this system, including NASA and U.S. military forces.

The MP-2, made of scheduled 40 galvanized steel, has a top-pivot at six feet that allows the user to tilt the tower from vertical to horizontal positions, eliminating the need for climbers or riggers. The standard pole is available with a hand crank winch and the MP-2 can be easily upgraded to an electrical system (AC or DC) on the tilting and hosting systems.

The MP-2 is constructed with hot-dip galvanized steel and weighs approximately 230 lb. It is capable of supporting the standard Aluma Tower models, guyed or unguyed (HD, XHD & XXHD).

Download MP-2 drawinghere

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Tower ModelAluma Part No. (Tower +MP-2)
T-50HN900091
T-75HN900095
T-100HN900474
T-50XHD900099
T-75XHD900101
T-50XXHD900103

Independent Base

This new Independent Base design allows the customer to mount any Aluma tower to an existing three-foot concrete pad, eliminating the need for bracketing the tower to an existing structure.

Not only can the Independent Base fit in multiple existing concrete pad configurations, it also allows the user to tilt the tower from vertical to horizontal eliminating the need for climbers or riggers. The standard model is available with a hand crank winch that can be easily upgraded to an electrical system (AC or DC) on the tilting and hosting systems.

The Independent Base is constructed with structural steel, has a powder-coated finish and weighs approximately 350 lb. It is capable of supporting standard Aluma tower models.

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DownloadIndependent Basesales drawinghere

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Medium Duty Trailer/ Tower Systems

The TM-12 small mobile tower system is available with a wide variety of options and accessories and is highly suited for meteorological work, test data acquisition, and many other tasks where a small portable tower is tantamount. It’s similar in size to a personal watercraft trailer with a very different design, of course. These small but hearty mobile trailer towers are constructed of tubular structural steel before being hot-dip galvanized. They include our A-frame tongue design with an additional T-bar for added structural integrity. It complies withDOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulationsand will pass licensing in all 50 states.

Capabilities of the TM-12:

  • The deck of the mobile tower unit is about 4 ft wide x 16 ft long and will accommodate a small equipment cabinet.
  • Available accessories for a complete mobile trailer tower solution include an Aluma Tower coax reel, spare tire, antenna storage tubes, and portable generators.
  • Available tower options include most models, in either 35 ft (2-17 ft sections) or 50 ft (3-17 ft sections) heights on this mobile tower unit.
  • It is extremely lightweight and easily transportable by most vehicles with a suitable trailer hitch.
  • The TM-12 can fit into a transport container.
  • For a list of the complete specifications please see the table below or feel free tocontact usto discuss all of your small mobile tower or mobile trailer tower requirements.

Download TM-12 setup instructionshere

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Trailer Specifications

Trailer Width Overall69 1/2 in
Trailer Width, Frame Only48 in
Trailer Deck Height20 in
Trailer Length of tall(W/O Coupler)15 ft 11 in (191 in )
Trailer Gross Vehicle Weight(Gvwr)1,990 lb
Trailer Bare Weight990 lb
Trailer Gross Axle Weight(Gawr)2,000 lb
TrailerApprox. Weight Shipped
(Varies With Different Accessories)
1,400 lb
Number of Axles1 (SINGLE)
Axle Capacity Rating(Each)1500 lb
Coupler Channel(Positions/Holes)3 POS./4 HOLES
Standard Coupler Size2 5/16 in BALL, 7,000 lb CAP., 2 HOLES
Electric BrakesNONE (available)
Tire Size(Note:AllRadialTires!)ST175/80R/ 13
Tire Load RangeC
Tire Capacity And Load Rate1360 lbs
Tire P.S.I.50 psi
Wheel / Rim Size(Dia./Width/Bolt Pattern)13 in / 4.5 in / 5 ON 4.5 in
Finished Height, Tower In Usage Position96 in
Finished Height, Tower In Stowed Position74 in
Overall Length With Tower Mounted17 ft 6 in (211 1/2 in )

Tower Models for the TM-12 Trailer

Tower ModelT-DD-35HNT-DD-50HNT-DD-35XHDT-DD-50XHD
Aluma Part No.900499900501900500900502
Tower Construction(No. of Section / Section length)2 / 17 ft3 / 17 ft3 / 17 ft3 / 17 ft
Number Of Section2323
Tower SectionsB, CB, C, DC, DC, D, E
Length Of Each Section17 ft17 ft17 ft17 ft
Maximum Height W/ Mast34 ft47 ft34 ft47 ft
Nested Height W/O Mast17 ft 6 in18 ft17 ft 6 in18 ft
Width Of Unit16 in21 in16 in21 in
Raising SystemHand CrankHand CrankHand CrankHand Crank
Approximate Tower Weight130 lb150 lb255 lb290 lb
Maximum Pay Load125 lb125 lb200 lb200 lb
Maximum Wind Load18 sq. ft18 sq. ft23 sq. ft23 sq. ft
Maximum Wind70 mph70 mph70 mph70 mph

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FAQs

How tall should my HAM radio tower be? ›

HAM radio towers and antenna 150 feet or less in height shall be permitted to locate in all zoning districts. The Safety Service Director shall issue the necessary permits upon compliance with the applicable requirements and payment of a permit fee of ten dollars ($10.00).

How much does a HAM radio tower cost? ›

For a typical tower less than 100', the whole thing can cost between $5-10,000 including the tower. The major costs are the tower itself, the concrete and labor.

Can my HOA stop me from installing a HAM radio tower? ›

The bottom line. According to the OTARD law, HOAs cannot stop you from installing an antenna that meets regulations.

Do ham radios need towers? ›

The purpose of an antenna tower is to sustain the antenna that 'hams' need to communicate with. With towers 'hams' use larger antennas that are required by the longer wavelengths of lower frequencies, but in general all kinds of antennas are used.

How high can I build a radio tower? ›

The answer to General Class question G1B01, “What is the maximum height above ground to which an antenna structure may be erected without requiring notification to the FAA and registration with the FCC, provided it is not at or near a public use airport?” is “C. 200 feet.”

How high can my antenna tower be? ›

Although there is no absolute height limit for antenna towers, both agencies have established a rebuttable presumption against structures over 2,000 feet above ground level.

Is ham radio an expensive hobby? ›

The lowest starting point is around $100. This will buy you a basic low power short distance radio and cover the cost of your ham radio license exam and study books. Second-hand equipment is perfect at this stage and a shortwave transceiver and a simple antenna could be less than $400.

How much does it cost to put an antenna on a tower? ›

The price of attic and outdoor TV antennas is similar. Expect to pay anywhere between $30 and $300 for the antenna itself and an additional $200 to $300 for installation. If the best location for mounting the antenna is difficult to access, the labor costs could be even higher.

How much does it cost to build a radio tower? ›

SBA Communications

Previously, the company stated that, on average, its tower build costs in the United States and Canada ranged from $250,000 to $275,000 per tower.

Can I install a ham radio tower in my yard? ›

HAM radio operators are required to obtain the prior consent of the association to install an outdoor antenna. HAM radio operators are prohibited from placing antennas on common property. Associations may establish written rules concerning outdoor HAM radio antennas.

How do I hide ham antenna? ›

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Are ham radio antennas federally protected? ›

While the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 ( “Telecommunications Act”) is the ultimate authority on regulating satellite dishes and television antennas, it does not apply to amateur radio (“ham radio”) antennas.

Can Hoa prevent ham radio? ›

Without ARPA, there is literally no limit on an HOA's ability to deny Amateur Radio antennas.

How tall can a tower be before it needs a light? ›

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), all structures exceeding 200 feet above ground level (AGL) must be appropriately marked with tower lights or tower paint.

How high can a ham radio antenna be? ›

Height. Antenna installations over 65 feet in height shall require an antenna permit pursuant to PMC 17.31. 040. Antenna installations up to 65 feet in height are permitted without the requirement to obtain an antenna permit and are subject to the regulations in subsections B and C of this section.

Do tower lights have to be red at night? ›

The two colors of lights required are red or white. They must be of low, medium or high intensity. Dual lighting may be required. Lights may have to blink or be steady.

How tall is the average radio tower? ›

Typically 150 feet to 250 feet tall, lattice towers are less expensive to construct than other types. A guyed tower is a very tall structure, usually 250 feet to 500 feet, utilized primarily in more rural sections of the country to maximize coverage.

Why are radio towers painted red and white? ›

Structures over a certain height may also be required to be painted with contrasting color schemes such as white and orange or white and red to make them more visible against the sky.

Where is a 2000 ft radio tower? ›

KDLT Tower
TypeTelevision Tower
AddressCounty Highway 111
Town or cityRowena, South Dakota
CountryUnited States
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What is the highest radio tower? ›

Warsaw Radio Mast

What is the tallest radio tower in the United States? ›

The tallest radio tower is the 650 ft (198 m) KSZR (97.5) tower in Oro Valley near Tucson.

How much does a decent ham radio cost? ›

Depending on the options you select, it costs around $1000. If that's too much for your budget, you could buy a less feature-rich, used HF radio at local hamfest for around $200. To operate HF you're also going to need some kind of antenna.

Does anyone use ham radios anymore? ›

Ham radios remain popular among hobbyists. They provide a fun way to communicate recreationally, and the process of gaining an amateur radio license is educational and practical. There are groups, leagues, and clubs for amateur radio users.

What is the range of ham radio? ›

The maximum range of a ham radio is about 6430 kilometers (4000 miles). Ham radios are able to transmit farther than CB radios because they use more bandwidth and higher power levels.

How much does it cost to build a 5G tower? ›

A small tower and 5G cell site costs $30,000–$50,000. The cell site will also require commercial power and batteries if the wireless network is expected to work during a power outage.

How much does a cell site cost? ›

“This paves the way for a level playing field for a third player,” Jacinto said, noting that a telco startup would no longer need to worry about setting aside heavy capital investments to build cell towers, which cost around $100,000 (P5 million) per site.

How many types of radio towers are there? ›

There are four different types of antenna towers. These include lattice towers, mast towers, pole towers, and portable towers.

Can I put up my own cell tower? ›

For a personal cell tower, you probably do not have to request a construction permit. Instead, you would need to clear the request with the building owner. That simple process means that you can add additional capacity easily. Conventional cell towers, which measure up to 200 feet in height, are a different ball game.

Why are radio towers so tall? ›

That means you need to "see" the transmitting antenna in order to receive the signal. If something gets in the way be it trees, a hill, buildings, etc it can block the signal. Therefore, a nice tall tower has enough height to "see" over local terrain and hills.

Do radio stations make a lot of money? ›

According to Statista, radio stations in the US generated around $9.5 billion dollars in 2020.

How tall is the average radio tower? ›

Typically 150 feet to 250 feet tall, lattice towers are less expensive to construct than other types. A guyed tower is a very tall structure, usually 250 feet to 500 feet, utilized primarily in more rural sections of the country to maximize coverage.

How high can a ham radio antenna be? ›

Height. Antenna installations over 65 feet in height shall require an antenna permit pursuant to PMC 17.31. 040. Antenna installations up to 65 feet in height are permitted without the requirement to obtain an antenna permit and are subject to the regulations in subsections B and C of this section.

How tall should my antenna be? ›

A height of 120 feet or even higher will provide even more advantages for long-distance communications. To a distant receiving station, a transmitting antenna at 120 feet will provide the effect of approximately 8 to 10 times more transmitting power than the same antenna at 35 feet.

What kind of antenna do I need for ham radio? ›

Wire dipole antennas on their own are widely used for HF amateur radio communication. Dipoles are straightforward in their design and hence they are quite easy to make. Often wire cut to length for the frequency of operation and fed at the centre.

How far can a radio tower transmit? ›

If you stand in the same point the antenna is mounted and look out with a pair of binoculars, wherever you can see it is possible to transmit to. This can be 5 or 6 kilometers if you are standing on a flat terrain, or up to 30 or 40 kilometer if you are on a mountain top.

Why are radio towers painted red and white? ›

Structures over a certain height may also be required to be painted with contrasting color schemes such as white and orange or white and red to make them more visible against the sky.

Where is a 2000 ft radio tower? ›

KDLT Tower
TypeTelevision Tower
AddressCounty Highway 111
Town or cityRowena, South Dakota
CountryUnited States
8 more rows

Does antenna length affect reception? ›

It all depends on what your transmitting and receiving frequencies are. Theoretically, a longer antenna will have a greater range, but it is far more important for optimal radio performance that the length of the antenna matches the frequency.

Can I install a ham radio tower in my yard? ›

HAM radio operators are required to obtain the prior consent of the association to install an outdoor antenna. HAM radio operators are prohibited from placing antennas on common property. Associations may establish written rules concerning outdoor HAM radio antennas.

Is it effective if rather antennas are mounted on higher ground Why? ›

In general, higher is better in UHF antenna installations, actually in any antenna installation. Raising the antenna over nearby obstructions may make a dramatic improvement in coverage. Within reason, the greater the height the more the coverage, but this gain must be balanced against feed line losses.

Do digital antennas need line of sight? ›

A: For the best performance, we typically recommend placement of your TV antenna at the highest point available to you and with a clear line of sight to the broadcast towers to minimize the possibility of obstructions between your antenna and the broadcast towers it is receiving signals from.

Why are radio towers so tall? ›

That means you need to "see" the transmitting antenna in order to receive the signal. If something gets in the way be it trees, a hill, buildings, etc it can block the signal. Therefore, a nice tall tower has enough height to "see" over local terrain and hills.

Where is the best place to put an antenna? ›

Place the antenna in or near a window

The fewer obstructions between your antenna and the broadcast towers, the better. And make no mistake–thick walls and ceilings are certainly obstructions. That's why placing your antenna in or near a window often yields the best results.

How far apart should ham antennas be? ›

Antenna Positioning: Distance Between Antenna

For effective diversity performance, AB antennas should not be positioned less than ¼ wavelength apart, and ideally, they would be placed ½ to one full wavelength apart.

Can you use a TV antenna for ham radio? ›

VHF/UHF TV Antenna for ham radio - YouTube

How far can a ham radio transmit? ›

The maximum range of a ham radio is about 6430 kilometers (4000 miles). Ham radios are able to transmit farther than CB radios because they use more bandwidth and higher power levels.

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