locked Drive-On mount...


David McGuire
 

Hello everyone.  

I have decided that "I need" a Drive-On mount for my Spiderbeam pole. I found a few options online, but one was out of stock, one had a delivery of Christmas, and one would be shipped from the UK.  I read reviews of these options.  A couple of reviews struck me; (1) the metal plate was not solid enough.  It was flexible, and while this would work for a flag on race day, it would not be adequate for an EFHW and a 10MPH wind, and (2) the threading that screwed into the floor flange failed after a few uses.

I wrote to one of the hams to ask for his guidance.  He said that it is easy enough to construct if you know how to weld or have access to a local welder.  He gave me this design: 

A piece of 3/16" or 1/4" steel plate about 6" x 18". Weld or bolt a pipe floor flange for the size of pipe you want to use. Then screw a piece of pipe into the flange. If the steel plate is problematic, use a wood 2x8 and attach floor flange to that.

I do not know a welder, so I looked online for local welders that would do very small jobs.  I found a couple, but they are M-F, 9am - 5pm, shops.  I'm not able to get to them during those hours.
 
I'm hoping that someone here would have some guidance for me.

TNX de David AE4LH


Bill Craft
 

https://wb3gck.com/2017/01/15/drive-on-portable-antenna-support/

no welding required


On 10/22/2022 2:23 PM, David McGuire wrote:

Hello everyone.  

I have decided that "I need" a Drive-On mount for my Spiderbeam pole. I found a few options online, but one was out of stock, one had a delivery of Christmas, and one would be shipped from the UK.  I read reviews of these options.  A couple of reviews struck me; (1) the metal plate was not solid enough.  It was flexible, and while this would work for a flag on race day, it would not be adequate for an EFHW and a 10MPH wind, and (2) the threading that screwed into the floor flange failed after a few uses.

I wrote to one of the hams to ask for his guidance.  He said that it is easy enough to construct if you know how to weld or have access to a local welder.  He gave me this design: 

A piece of 3/16" or 1/4" steel plate about 6" x 18". Weld or bolt a pipe floor flange for the size of pipe you want to use. Then screw a piece of pipe into the flange. If the steel plate is problematic, use a wood 2x8 and attach floor flange to that.

I do not know a welder, so I looked online for local welders that would do very small jobs.  I found a couple, but they are M-F, 9am - 5pm, shops.  I'm not able to get to them during those hours.
 
I'm hoping that someone here would have some guidance for me.

TNX de David AE4LH


Bill Craft
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRi6Rnh0eY0


On 10/22/2022 2:23 PM, David McGuire wrote:

Hello everyone.  

I have decided that "I need" a Drive-On mount for my Spiderbeam pole. I found a few options online, but one was out of stock, one had a delivery of Christmas, and one would be shipped from the UK.  I read reviews of these options.  A couple of reviews struck me; (1) the metal plate was not solid enough.  It was flexible, and while this would work for a flag on race day, it would not be adequate for an EFHW and a 10MPH wind, and (2) the threading that screwed into the floor flange failed after a few uses.

I wrote to one of the hams to ask for his guidance.  He said that it is easy enough to construct if you know how to weld or have access to a local welder.  He gave me this design: 

A piece of 3/16" or 1/4" steel plate about 6" x 18". Weld or bolt a pipe floor flange for the size of pipe you want to use. Then screw a piece of pipe into the flange. If the steel plate is problematic, use a wood 2x8 and attach floor flange to that.

I do not know a welder, so I looked online for local welders that would do very small jobs.  I found a couple, but they are M-F, 9am - 5pm, shops.  I'm not able to get to them during those hours.
 
I'm hoping that someone here would have some guidance for me.

TNX de David AE4LH


Bill Craft
 

https://tn07.com/drive-on/ground-mount


On 10/22/2022 2:23 PM, David McGuire wrote:

Hello everyone.  

I have decided that "I need" a Drive-On mount for my Spiderbeam pole. I found a few options online, but one was out of stock, one had a delivery of Christmas, and one would be shipped from the UK.  I read reviews of these options.  A couple of reviews struck me; (1) the metal plate was not solid enough.  It was flexible, and while this would work for a flag on race day, it would not be adequate for an EFHW and a 10MPH wind, and (2) the threading that screwed into the floor flange failed after a few uses.

I wrote to one of the hams to ask for his guidance.  He said that it is easy enough to construct if you know how to weld or have access to a local welder.  He gave me this design: 

A piece of 3/16" or 1/4" steel plate about 6" x 18". Weld or bolt a pipe floor flange for the size of pipe you want to use. Then screw a piece of pipe into the flange. If the steel plate is problematic, use a wood 2x8 and attach floor flange to that.

I do not know a welder, so I looked online for local welders that would do very small jobs.  I found a couple, but they are M-F, 9am - 5pm, shops.  I'm not able to get to them during those hours.
 
I'm hoping that someone here would have some guidance for me.

TNX de David AE4LH


Greg@hillcountrysawdust.com
 

David
I would try the suggested wood version 1st. It should fit your needs. If you decide that a steel version is what you really want. I have stick, Mig and Tig welders. All you need supply is your plans and supplies.

Greg Collins K5KYR 


On Oct 22, 2022, at 2:53 PM, Bill Craft via groups.io <billc851@...> wrote:



https://tn07.com/drive-on/ground-mount


On 10/22/2022 2:23 PM, David McGuire wrote:
Hello everyone.  

I have decided that "I need" a Drive-On mount for my Spiderbeam pole. I found a few options online, but one was out of stock, one had a delivery of Christmas, and one would be shipped from the UK.  I read reviews of these options.  A couple of reviews struck me; (1) the metal plate was not solid enough.  It was flexible, and while this would work for a flag on race day, it would not be adequate for an EFHW and a 10MPH wind, and (2) the threading that screwed into the floor flange failed after a few uses.

I wrote to one of the hams to ask for his guidance.  He said that it is easy enough to construct if you know how to weld or have access to a local welder.  He gave me this design: 

A piece of 3/16" or 1/4" steel plate about 6" x 18". Weld or bolt a pipe floor flange for the size of pipe you want to use. Then screw a piece of pipe into the flange. If the steel plate is problematic, use a wood 2x8 and attach floor flange to that.

I do not know a welder, so I looked online for local welders that would do very small jobs.  I found a couple, but they are M-F, 9am - 5pm, shops.  I'm not able to get to them during those hours.
 
I'm hoping that someone here would have some guidance for me.

TNX de David AE4LH

--
73
Greg Collins K5KYR


David McGuire
 

Bill, thank you for the link…with its clear directions!


David McGuire
 

A nice video (for those who learn best through watching).  Wait!  I resemble that comment!!  :).  Thank you, Bill.


David McGuire
 

Greg,

Thank you for the guidance to use the wood first, and the offer to share your welding skills with my materials.

David AE4LH


J C Smith
 

David:
I have one I will loan you if you want to try one first.

J C Smith, N5RXS

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From: "David McGuire"
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Sent: Saturday October 22 2022 5:15:43PM
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Greg,

Thank you for the guidance to use the wood first, and the offer to share your welding skills with my materials.

David AE4LH


David McGuire
 

JC, thank you very much.  As always, you are so kind and helpful.  I know that I want one, but I will probably give you a call to bring my Spiderbeam pole, and check the fit.  I am looking at drills tonight on Amazon. 

 

I hope you will have a nice Sunday.

 

David AE4LH

 

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From: J C Smith
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2022 6:21 PM
To: 'main@saradioclub.groups.io'
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Drive-On mount...

 

David:

I have one I will loan you if you want to try one first.

 

J C Smith, N5RXS

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From: "David McGuire"
To: main@saradioclub.groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Saturday October 22 2022 5:15:43PM
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Drive-On mount...

Greg,

Thank you for the guidance to use the wood first, and the offer to share your welding skills with my materials.

David AE4LH