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Reviews Categories | Towers, masts, accessories, climbing gear | Spiderbeam HD 12m (40 ft) fiberglass pole Help


Reviews Summary for Spiderbeam HD 12m (40 ft) fiberglass pole
Spiderbeam HD 12m (40 ft) fiberglass pole Reviews: 3 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $68.10 EUR
Description: High strength professional telescopic fiberglass pole.
Fully extracted length (height)= 12m (40ft)
Transportation length 1.18m (3ft 10")
Weight = 3.3kg (7lbs)
Bottom diameter 55mm (2 1/6")
Top diameter 8mm (1/3")
Wall thickness 1.4mm - 2mm (1/18" - 1/12")
Number of segments 12
Pole material black fiberglass, UV protected
Specially reinforced multilayer winding.

Summary: Spiderbeam Heavy Duty fiberglass poles are perfect for building all kinds of wire antennas.
A single person can easily put them up within a few minutes. These are extremely strong poles, with a much greater wall thickness (up to 2mm!) than the usual "fishing rod" types. A special reinforcing winding technique - several layers of fiberglass are wound in alternating direction (criss/cross winding) - provides greatly increased lateral and linear strength. Stronger joints are achieved by a much larger overlap between the individual tube segments than usual.


Product is in production.
More info: http://www.spiderbeam.net/sb/product_info.php?XTCsid=dd441d78518dae06fd9929e62d23dcd5&info=p3_Spiderbeam%20HD%2012m%20fiberglass%20pole.html
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WV0H Rating: 5/5 Jun 15, 2016 19:11 Send this review to a friend
Stronger Than Expected  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I own several fishing pole type masts and this pole beats them all in the strength category. I purchased it from the US Spiderbeam distributor and pretty much got it in 3 days to Colorado from Tennessee.

The Jackites are lighter but this pole is considerable stronger (thus heavier). Shakesphere Wonderpoles are good but no match for height or strength of this beast. Owned the MFK 33 footer too but it is whimpy compared to this thing. The walls of this pole are thicker than most.

Having set up one for field day several years ago I plan on guying the mast along with the rubber hose clamp set as our FD operation was met with several collapsed mast experiences. The guy line is to be attached at the bottom of section 8 (at the 23 foot level). They count sections from the bottom up.

While heavy there is some flexibility to the mast which can either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on whether or not you need some tension in your transmission line or not. (PPD TL)

The end caps are friction fit and slide off if you carry the pole and bounce the sections inside while walking. A piece of gaffer's tape will take care of this.

The rubber banded clamp set was well worth the extra cost and some assembly is required. They give you 1 meter of rubber band and accompanying heat shrink tubing which you have to cut and shrink yourself around each clamp. It took me about an hour but was a bit meticulous in cutting the band and cutting 45 degree bevels in the ends to allow the heat shrink to "grasp" the tag end of the rubber band on the tag end of the hose clamp. Oh, BTW, the hose clamps are none like I've ever seen before. The band part doesn't have any cuts or grooves in them they are embossed and press with grooves, not a nit but an observation.

Since owning several masts from lightweight fishing pole types to the medium stiff Jackite, this pole is what I would consider medium-heavy duty in the telescopic pole division and would definitely buy another.
 
NO9E Rating: 5/5 Apr 20, 2009 07:12 Send this review to a friend
Good commbination of size and strength  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Its first use was in a rental house on Florida coast. The pole was attached to a railing in a widow's nest using bungee cords. It supported an inv L with some 20ft of sloping down wire. A few random length radials on metal roof and feeding via TV ribbon to K3 with tuner and balun. I could work almost anybody including CE and DL on 160m. Heavy winds bent the pole but not too much. No sign of any damage.

For its size and strength I consider the Spiderpole indispensable for portable work especially when natural supports are missing.

Most likely the pole would support an inv V with thin wires or a dipole with light feeder (TV line). It is probably too light for a dipole with a coax or thick wire but a stronger pole would have to be considerably heavier. Max Gain Systems sells sturdier poles but their 43 ft pole is over two times heavier and two times longer (collapsed).
 
LY1DF Rating: 5/5 Oct 15, 2006 09:45 Send this review to a friend
Excellent portable mast  Time owned: more than 12 months
I wish I had one of these masts few years ago! Small size when collapsed (1.18m that is 3ft 10") and the total weight of only 3.3kg (7lbs)makes it easy to take it with you to any trip. It has taken only two days to receive this after ordering (delivery from DL to G3). Do not mistake this with a conventional fishing rod - the 2mm wall thickness and 55mm (2 1/6") bottom diameter is good for most of the wire antennas you could think of - dipoles, verticals, deltas etc. This mast is excellent choice for portable operation and is a good value for money (the price is only 68 EUR or so now). So far I have tried this mast in the following operations/conditions:

2005 CQ WW CW Contest - J45A expedition, used for 80m vertical in extremely bad WX - strong wind and rain;
2006 CQ 160M CW Contest - J49W expedition, used as a central mast for 160m full size dipole;
2005-2006 - SV8/SV9 operation in Mediterranean region, dipoles and verticals for 40m-15m;
2006 - various operations in the mountains of North Wales (Snowdonia) - at extremely high wind speeds.
2005 - without the upper sections, used as a temporary vertical mast to carry portable beams for 15m-20m band.
This mast is currently used in my back yard as support for inverted L 80m band vertical or whatever wire antenna I decide to experiment that day.
Good news from manufacturer - due to high demand and popularity the MONSTER version (18m that is, 60ft)of the same mast became available this year. You can see it here:
http://www.spiderbeam.net/sb/product_info.php?info=p71_Spiderbeam%2018m%20fiberglass%20pole.html

Good luck in improving your portable operation results!

73 de SV1/LY1F
www.qrz.lt/ly1df
 


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