Thanks for the input from all!!!
I have been unsuccessful in uploading the photos.
I like the idea of splicing the amount I cut off using a sleeve. However, I am unfamiliar with that technique. What do I use for a sleeve? Any piece of aluminum? Plus, I need to find a 4" piece to splice to the bottom of the mast. If I could upload the pics you'd notice that their is a pin that goes through the side of the mast. This is used for stepping it. I would need to add that too.