[amsat-bb] Re: PVC & Windsurfer Mast

Bill Bordy, NJ1H nj1h at comcast.net
Thu Feb 24 06:52:38 PST 2011

I acquired a fair amount of windsurfer mast at a garage sale and have 
used it successfully as a mast for a 3 element 6M beam and also as a 
support for a 40M inverted vee with no problems yet. I have clamped two 
pieces together with hose clamps to get about 22 feet of height with no 
guying. Each individual mast is about 15 feet. It flexes in strong wind 
a bit, but that is what it is supposed to do in normal use. I have the 
antenna rotor for the 6 meter beam mounted on my deck with a sleeve 
bearing in a tripod.

I know you were asking about PVC, but windsurfer technology has changed 
over the years and you may also find older masts at garage sales or flea 


On 2/24/2011 7:59 AM, Mike1234 wrote:
> Has anyone ever experimented with PVC pipe to use for a mast in place of
> steel ? I have used it for vertical antennas and stands up excellent to the
> winds and weather here in Toledo, Ohio .
>         Mike   N8GBU
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