The new mast is 8.5 metres tall however 1 metre is buried in a large block of concrete so 7.5 metres in total and is approximately 1 metre taller than the original scaffold pole. It's a telescope design raised and lowered by a heavy duty winch triggered by a remote control, so no going outside in bad weather to raise and lower it.
The winch is powered by a battery which is a kept topped up using a 2.5W solar panel.
The guys from MM0CUG kindly took down the scaffold pole for me and moved my antenna to the new mast all within a day. I still need to do a little tidying up regards cable routing etc ... but overall a stress free project.
Below is a few pictures taken on the day again from the luxury of my living room.
|The initial hole cut in the decking|
|Digging a hole|
|Mast stub concreted and mast inserted|
|Getting ready to attach the rotator and antenna's|
|The new mast in the lowered position.|
|The mast extended.|