So what to do? Wishing won't get anything done. Waiting for the perfect property may take forever! So I decided to make the best of the situation. Here is my El Cheepo 30 foot "tower" on the left side of the picture.
Besides the antenna mast you will also need two six foot T-posts some radiator hose clamps, a bag of concrete, guy wire, and something to tie the guy wire to. I dug a 2 1/2 to 3 foot hole in the ground with post hole diggers. I then reached down in the hole and wallowed out the bottom of the hole so that it had a little bit of a bell shape. That is to help hold the concrete in the ground once it's set. Cut four feet off the TOP of one of the ten foot sections of mast. This is the end with the taper on it. Next clamp the four foot section of mast between the two t-posts as shown in the picture above. Make sure that when the t-posts are lowered into the hole that the mast section is six or seven inches above ground. Next mix up your concrete. Use a fence post leveler to make sure your mast will not be leaning and set the t-posts into the concrete. When the concrete has set; take the remaining two sections of mast and connect them together. Then take the remaining 6 feet of the mast you cut and put it on top. Make sure and use a little grease or silicon at the joints or they may rust together and be difficult to separate later.Attach these sections to your mast base and you have a fairly stable 30 foot mast! You can loosen the radiator hose clamps and drop the entire mast a couple of inches to take tension off of the guy wires you will install or the dipole at the top. This allows you to quickly drop the mast without loosening guy wires or untying dipole legs. This is important in areas where thunder storms pop up at a moments notice.