Yeah, the "tilt-n-raise" hitch mount I linked earlier could be used with a 40' Rohn telescoping mast. That ought to hold a 1' subscriber antenna....and maybe a camera to check optical LOS. Those would be the primary uses.

NYSEG's unit looks like it's 65' - 70', and they appear to have a Wimax BTS on top. Going that high with that much load would be nice, but I'm thinking it would have to be powered, or at least have a windlass. I just don't think it would be safe otherwise. For how much we would use it, it's probably not worth the time to build it. Definitely not worth buying for 5 figures.

------ Original Message ------
From: "Brian Webster" <>
Sent: 1/12/2017 4:54:08 PM
Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Utility company survey pole

How tall do you want to go and how much load will you put on it? There have been some square tube and aluminum tubing do it yourself plans I have seen in the amateur radio community. Some of them however have very limited top load capacity as many of them are designed as supports for ends of a long wire antenna.

You can find flagpole hitch mounts cheap on amazon and build some sort of nested pipe/conduit arrangement if the height requirement is not too much.

Thank You,

Brian Webster

From: Af [] On Behalf Of Adam Moffett
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:56 PM
Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Utility company survey pole

I'd love to get a pneumatic one with outriggers, but it's so damn spendy.

Poor man's version is Add your own mast with 2" OD at the bottom.

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From: "Jeremy" <>


Sent: 1/12/2017 1:30:57 PM

Subject: Re: [AFMUG] Utility company survey pole


On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 11:29 AM, Jeremy <> wrote:

Quick Google search finds this

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 11:09 AM, Chuck McCown <> wrote:

Maybe that is what it takes to read the meters in the area.

From: Adam Moffett

Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 10:58 AM

To: Animal Farm

Subject: [AFMUG] Utility company survey pole

See attached Pic. Our power company has this pickup truck with a gigantic mast on the rear end. I assume they're testing their smart meter junk with it....or something.

My question is where can I get one of those?!

I'm definitely jealous of their survey pole size.

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