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Reviews Categories | Towers, masts, accessories, climbing gear | Penninger Tipper Help

Reviews Summary for Penninger Tipper
Penninger Tipper Reviews: 17 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $329.95
Description: A portable tipping base for your mast. designed with Home Land Security Emergency Communications in mind, this base is intended to deploy rapidly in the field. The folding legs adjust for uneven terrain and fold up for compact portability. The Mdl-36 is designed to handle a 36 foot mast with a vertical antenna on top. The optional mast clamps have a convenient mounting hole for guy wire connection. Also great for FIELD DAY or camping.
Light weight & rugged
Highly portable
Deploys rapidly

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KC9FQV Rating: 5/5 Aug 11, 2007 07:06 Send this review to a friend
The "Tipper" system for EmComm and Public Service use  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Our ARES group in Kane County, IL recently had 2 opprotunities to use the Penninger "Tipper" system along with the new "Snap Tube" masting.

The first use was at the Fox Valley area "Tour de Cure ride to benefit the American Diabetes Assn. We used the Tipper with 20' of mast made up of the Snap Tubes(unguyed!) to hold a Diamond Tri-band vertical. It worked great, and was strong and steady.

We also provide communications for the Fox Valley Bike and Ski Club during their annual "Swedish Days" invitational ride. Imagine 800+ bikers, 80-90+ degree heat...and 6 SAG vehicles to keep track of! We decided to try APRS this year, and we needed something to get an antenna HIGH in order to get clear signal around the whole course (the longest was 124 miles!). We again had the chance to use a "Tipper" base and 24' of "Snap Tube" mast to support a Diamond tri-band vertical antenna.

It worked just as advertised! I cannot say enough about Charles's system. The components are well-made, precision-machined and fit together perfectly! I thought they were kidding when I was told that it could be set up and walked up by one person. They were right! The components are made to last, and while not the cheapest, they are worth the money and the best!

The system assembles and deploys quickly, is rugged and reliable. The Penninger system should be looked at seriously by ANY EmComm group looking to put together a quality, sturdy portable antenna system for Emergency and Public Service use.

Eric Lorenz, KC9FQV
Emergency Coordinator
Kane County (IL) ARES
N9QDS Rating: 5/5 Jul 31, 2007 19:17 Send this review to a friend
Pinninger "Tipper" Antenna Suport Structures  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Penninger Radio manufactures quality portable easy to assemble and take down antenna support structures and accessories for amateur radio and others like, security cameras or other products needing a support system to securely hold them. I bought and use his Tipper system with 40 feet of mast and am able to adapt it to many different configurations. I purchased the Tipper that you drive a car tire on a aluminum 10”by 24” ½ thick support plate. I have also used the trailer tongue support jack to hold down the Tipper. I am going to get the four legs that mount to the side that fold out to support it with out a car tire on it. Both the side legs and the car tire plate can be installed on the Tipper without interfering with each other (Dual Purpose) for different support configurations. The mast setup I have is 40 feet (with support guys) and can hold up a 5 element 6 meter Beam and can be rotated using the slip guy support rings and a rotator mounted at the bottom right above the Tipper. I have also supported simple dipoles antennas with a 4-foot piece of fiberglass military mast mounted at the top as to not affect the SWR of the antenna with the aluminum mast. You will need a collar adapter for the military mast, as it is 1.785 Dia. And the aluminum mast is 2.00” Dia. Penninger Radio also has the adapters for this. It takes one person to tip up the mast assembly (2 people with a 6 meter beam on it) and only one person to set up the whole thing. This whole product line is well thought out using a CAD system to make sure everything works with everything else. He uses quality materials and stainless hardware, his machine shop uses a 3-axis Hans CNC mil to produce all his hardware I rate this 5 out of 5. I have no connection to Penninger Radio other than I use his stuff and it fills a niche
KAF8152 Rating: 5/5 May 8, 2007 17:25 Send this review to a friend
Tipper Junior, TJ-200, simple, economical  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
If your looking for simple, practical and cost effective designs, look no further than Penninger Radio. Just received the Tipper Junior TJ-200 and I love it. This is a economical version of the tipper which will serve you well. Add his practical mast clamps, post mount brackets and other accessories and your good to go. Look him up on the web if you cant wait until the next ham fest. Looking forward to seeing his displays at Dayton this May,
N6NKN Rating: 5/5 Apr 30, 2007 10:34 Send this review to a friend
Why Didn't I Think Of This  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
What a great idea, well designed, well built and very easy to set up and use. Can be used as a support for a push-up tower or mast, for a small beam or as the end supports for a dipole. I would expect these would be "the" antenna support for portable use or field day.

I'm going to buy another, what better endorsement is there.

KA6AKH Rating: 5/5 Apr 22, 2007 19:51 Send this review to a friend
Like having a helping friend on the roof.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Bought a Roof Tipper at Dayton in 2005. Raising and lowering the mast with 1.25m, 70cm, and 23cm yagis, along with a diskcone at the top is a snap. No unwieldy balancing act anymore, just a nice easy tilt. The previous roof helper, my wife, is happy too! Have had great support for accessories as well. Recommended highly.

Don - KA6AKH
NV7E Rating: 5/5 Dec 14, 2005 03:03 Send this review to a friend
The ultimate solution for CC&R problem situations!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
For years I was looking for a portable but solid mast base for use with telescoping masts supporting multi-band antennas on DXpeditions. More recently I wanted a heavy-duty base for use with the Traffie Hex-Beam and the Traffie HDX-30 telescoping mast at my new QTH in South Africa. I found the Penninger P-24 "Tipper" mast base to be the best solution for both these requirements. It folds up for easy shipment but in just a couple of minutes is transformed into a really stable base capable of holding the Traffie 30' mast on its own while guys wires are being set up. It is called the "Tipper" because just by removing one bolt you can tip your mast down to ground level. This must be the ultimate solution for CC&R problem situations! I use another Tipper with an unguyed Cushcraft MA8040 vertical, which I can easily lower in the daytime in deference to the neighbors.

You can tell right away when you first set up the Tipper that it is a really high quality product and it made to last. To get a few extra feet of height, I used a Penninger mast clamp to add 4' of aluminum tubing between the Tipper and rotor in my Hex-Beam installation. Using the Penninger mast clamps with 4' sections of tubing is an excellent solution for transporting a mast in the trunk of a car. I will use them with a Tipper for DXpeditions to nearby countries in southern Africa. I think the Penninger Tippers will be an integral part of my Amateur operations for years to come. ZS6SIG
N8JBO Rating: 5/5 Feb 19, 2005 06:20 Send this review to a friend
Awesome Portable  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Simplicity and quality workmanship are the hallmarks of this wonderful antenna tipping base. Aluminum built for masts up to 40 feet, the base has four legs that open out to 65 inches, and optional mast clamps have a convenient mounting hole for guy wire connection. Yet the base folds up or stows to a tiddy 9" x 9" x 44." The tipping base's simplicity comes into play when putting it up, as I do by myself with 25 feet of mast with a Arrow Antenna's dual band OSJ 146/440 J-Pole antenna attached. The result simply put; I'm one happy camper and my "GO" kit is much improved! While portable, the Pennington can be used as a temporary base when your tower goes south on you.
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