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There arn't many engineering figures in this request, so design is impossible.
Originally Posted by olson34
After watching for a deal on a lightweight pole for a stern-mount radar antenna for several years... and not seeing anything appear on eBay or Craigs...
I got to wondering about just buying some carbon fabric and rolling my own.
Maybe use some sched. 20 plastic pipe for a form. There would need to be a lay up schedule devised.
No vac. bagging machinery at hand, but it seems like epoxy could be squeegied out just like all the flat panel stuff I have built over the years.
Anyone here done this? Have any thoughts on it? (Like this group will be shy about sharing their thoughts!)
I need a light weight pole about 3" OD and about 9' long.
I already have some honeycomb for the top antenna mounting plate.
But I know what I would do. I would get a broken mast (I have a snapped Hobie mast in my yard) and use that. There are many good reasons why aluminum is the material of choise for "light tubes."
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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