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Dishman Dan
09-08-2011, 07:22 PM
I purchased a Winegard HD8200U antenna on Ebay a little while ago

and got a great deal. It is quite a large antenna and the instructions are

recommending 2" mast. Can I use 2" OD galvanized pipe???

Radio Shack only sells the 1.25" standard mast. I found some 2" mast

on Ebay but with the shipping it will cost more than my antenna did!!! :eek:

I only paid $66 with shipping for the antenna! :D

Dishman Dan
09-09-2011, 06:57 AM
The "beast" weighs about 15 pounds so maybe I will stick with the 1 1/4" mast.

Bad idea???

sergei
09-09-2011, 08:26 AM
The "beast" weighs about 15 pounds so maybe I will stick with the 1 1/4" mast.

Bad idea???You can alway double the mast thickness by add another section of pipe inside the first.

Dishman Dan
09-09-2011, 08:36 AM
I just got off the phone with a local Winegard dealer

and he says that the 2" recommendation is a misprint! :confused:

Dishman Dan
09-09-2011, 08:37 AM
You can alway double the mast thickness by add another section of pipe inside the first.

That sounds like a good idea!

harshness
09-09-2011, 08:56 AM
There is no such beastie as 2" OD pipe. The closest you can get is 1.9" with 1-1/2" pipe (all schedules are the same OD).

Like satellite antennas, the issue is mostly about wind loading and not so much about the weight. With a 14' long boom, there's a lot of potential for twisting in the wind.

sergei
09-09-2011, 09:38 AM
Like satellite antennas, the issue is mostly about wind loading and not so much about the weight. With a 14' long boom, there's a lot of potential for twisting in the wind

Depending on the antenna setup the right wind (100-130 MPH) can do more than just twist the antenna on the mast as the storm in July bend my guyed Rohn tower and bend my top part of my antenna mast and the mast is 1 1/2" doubled walled pipe.

Dishman Dan
09-09-2011, 12:03 PM
I am near Lake Erie and we do get wind!!!

I went through 3 Radio Shack antennas in the last 12 years! :mad:

They just start blowing apart after a couple of years.

I am not sure who made them but now the Radio Shack manager

says that they are now made by Winegard! :up

Dishman Dan
09-09-2011, 12:07 PM
A buddy has a 20' tower he wants to get rid of.

After thinking about the sizeof this antenna and the wind....

it might be a smart idea!

harshness
09-09-2011, 12:10 PM
I am not sure who made them but now the Radio Shack manager says that they are now made by Winegard! :upIf you look at the Radio Shack catalog, all of their current yagis are Antennacraft branded.

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