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Author Topic: aluminum tubing  (Read 860 times)
KD8Z
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« on: September 03, 2007, 10:02:16 AM »

My local supply of aluminum tubing has dried up, does anyone have a reasonable supplier?  Reasonable means charges market rates and doesn't try to retire on each sale.

73

ET, The Extra Dimensional
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ONAIR
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2007, 02:26:19 PM »

     What size, and how much do you need?
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KD8Z
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2007, 02:44:26 PM »

2" upto perhaps 2.25 or even 2.5" by 40', its for standoffs!
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KD5NCO
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2007, 04:57:44 PM »

I find Texas Towers has reasonable prices and shipping

Just built a freestanding (no guy wires) 80 meter vertical. I used them for the aluminum top section telescoping sections..... The bottom is an old 35' tall Naval HF monopole rated for 10KW and a giant ceramic insulator.

The tubing I got was very high quality and rigid enough to extend me up the final 30 feet.

tubing lengths longer then 6 feet can not be shipped UPS/fedX, so this is a limitation if you need long pieces.....they will freight long poles or bars to you but I usually can find what I need locally slightly lower price with shipping a consideration
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KB1LKR
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2007, 06:33:13 AM »

Try local sheet/bar/structural metal suppliers in the yellow pages too, e.g. Ryerson, A M Castle, etc.
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KA5UOS
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2007, 02:06:36 PM »

An alternate source for aluminum tubing:

Online Metals. I personally buy AL plate from them for homebrew tube gear. I buy tubing from our local manufacturer in OKC through Home depot.

http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant.cfm?id=71&step=2&top_cat=60

BTW..I purchased 5ea 96" lengths of 1 1/4" tubing for approx $30. I thought that was reasonable for Home Depot as I rebuilt my 40M 1/4 wave for about $24.

Good luck,

K5UOS
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KB6VIV
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2007, 05:44:58 PM »

http://www.metalsdepot.com/

http://www.metalsupermarkets.com/

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NR9R
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2007, 10:36:14 AM »

I have searched up and down for aluminum tubing suppliers.  Texas Towers is the best for 2" and smaller diameter.  OnlineMetals is good for small quantity orders greater than 2" OD.  The best deal for large diameter tubing of lengths more than a foot or so is Trinity Metal Sales:

http://stores.ebay.com/TRINITY-METAL-SALES

They sell scrap pieces online for a very good price.  By scrap, I mean lengths that are left over from the 20' stock length.  I have bought 8' x 4" OD tubing from them at about 1/2 the cost of OnlineMetals.

A note about shopping for aluminum tubing:  Don't get confused between pipe and tubing.  Pipe is classified by inside diameter while tubing is classified by outside diameter.  Also, make sure you are looking at T6-6061 grade structural aluminum.  You can get architectural aluminum cheaper but it is more pliable and not suitable for antennas.

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Anthony
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WB2LCW
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2007, 08:03:20 AM »

In Florida go HERE!

Pompano Beach

1841 North Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Tel: 954-960-0444

Tel: 800-537-9953

Fax: 954-960-0451

They have a web site .

They have everything. thier prices are reasonable and they are in your area.

I visited the one near me and I never saw so much aluminum in one pace before..

73
Mike

 
 
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NA0AA
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2007, 11:57:41 AM »

Just for giggles, I went to T-towers to check aluminum prices.  Wow.  Not as cheap as I had hoped.

Before you pay shipping for their stuff, compare it to copper if you can substitute - for 10 and 20 meter verticals, it's cheaper to use copper once you factor in shipping costs.

I priced tubing for a 40 meter vertical six sections of tubing, $107.10 for tubing alone, plus shipping.

Local sources have to be the way to go....<G>
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WA9SVD
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2007, 07:07:34 PM »

Copper prices have gone through the roof lately.  Also remember copper pipe of the same size/strangth is going to be MUCH heavier than aluminum, and more "flexible."  make sure tou consider all the ramifications if you are going to try to use copper.
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