- Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community

Call Search

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Friends Remembered
Survey Question

DX Cluster Spots

Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement

Reviews Categories | Towers, masts, accessories, climbing gear | Rohn HDBX-48 Free Standing Tower Help

Reviews Summary for Rohn HDBX-48 Free Standing Tower
Rohn HDBX-48 Free Standing Tower Reviews: 15 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $$999 - $1600
Description: The Rohn HDBX series towers are the heaviest, and strongest of the BX series. Available in heights of 24' to 48', they consist of the bottom sections of the full 64' standard BX tower. The legs are of beaded channel. They have X bracing that is riveted at the ends and in the middle.
Product is in production.
More info:
Email Subscription
You are not subscribed to this review.

My Subscriptions
Subscriptions Help

You can write your own review of the Rohn HDBX-48 Free Standing Tower.

<— Page 2 of 2

K4GDW Rating: 4/5 Mar 18, 2011 14:00 Send this review to a friend
Rock solid  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had a HDBX48 tower up now for 3 years with a Tennedyne T6 LPDA, 10 element VHF yagi, and a Comet GP9 vertical stacked above it. The T6 has a 12' boom, 2' longer than the recommended length and I've had 0 problems. I have watched it in 60mph wind gusts when the last hurricane that hit the gulf coast made it to Montgomery as a tropical storm. It didn't budge at all. There is no visible rust.

Installing it was a little bit of a hassle as the sections didn't want to fit together. I pity the next owner of the property if they decide they want to remove that 5'9" x 5'9" concrete block. I didn't even attempt to dig that monster myself. I hired a concrete company to do it. When all was said and done, the concrete truck had about a wheelbarrow full of concrete left over out of the 5 yard minimum load. I'll be moving soon and will be having a tower moving party. With any luck, the only thing I"ll have to buy in the way of tower hardware is a new set of base stubs.
K9FON Rating: 4/5 Aug 9, 2009 20:31 Send this review to a friend
Great  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have a BX 48 in my backyard and without a dought, it is a great tower. It however, only holds up a doublet and a 10 meter veticle ex CB 5/8 wave antenna. When installing the sections sometimes they dont nest together all that well and it takes a bit of "jimmying" to get the sections to fit together. Also, never climb one of these towers wearing athletic shoes, as your feet will hurt! A lot of hams on the forums down these towers, saying they will not hold the boomlenth and windload. Thats bullcrap, as I have several Rohn BX towers here around me that hold everything from TV antennas to Moonraker 6 32' CB beam antennas, and some of these towers have been up 35+ years. I think Rohn underrated the loading capabilities so as not to be sued if someone did overload the tower and it came down.
Overall, these towers are very well made and id take another one if i had the chance.
KK0DJ Rating: 4/5 Jul 15, 2007 04:54 Send this review to a friend
Good Tower  Time owned: more than 12 months
Back when I lived in Livermore, CA., several of us hams; N6DVY, KB6BD, AA6F and I (NU6O at the time) purchased HDBX48 towers together and helped each other erect them. We had a gin-pole and other helpful tools like good climbing belts and hams willing to climb! Once the towers were up, we put various antennas up amongst us. I had put up a Cushcraft A4 with the 40m option. I recall that I had put a light duty Alliance HD73 rotor in the tower as well. Beware that if you purchase the HDBX48 that a Tailtwister or rotor of that size will not fit in the tower. The towers are robust, and easy to erect. My personal experience in digging a 5' square hole was difficult, but other than that, no issues at all. To my knowledge all of the other towers are still standing. The comment regarding shoes is all too true. Good boots with a steel shank along the insole is the only type of shoe that I found I could have comfort with while climbing the tower. I would purchase another one given the chance.
KI6SZ Rating: 5/5 May 29, 2007 12:44 Send this review to a friend
Very Strong and Tough  Time owned: more than 12 months
I owned the 40' version (HDBX-40) of this tower while living in West Texas. This is indeed a very strong tower -- During one particularly strong wind storm, the heavy duty antenna mast I had been using became permanently bent, but the tower held up just fine. The one drawback with this tower construction is that due to the cross-brace structure, unless you are wearing very good boots with very hard soles, your feet will fatigue quickly and become quite sore, so don't plan on being on the tower for any extended period of time. Pretty easy to erect, and requires little space when storing due to the ability to nest each of the sections. I recommend this tower.
K4GDW Rating: 5/5 May 29, 2007 07:10 Send this review to a friend
Very strong, perhaps over-engineered.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This past weekend I had a tower raising party at my house where we stacked a brand-new HDBX-48 tower. This thing is monstrously strong. I seriously suspect that Rohn under-estimated it's wind handling capacity. They probably did so to give themselves an extra safety margin just in case someone overloaded the tower and it came down and Rohn got sued.

Now, the strength above actually turned out to be a contributing factor on the only real problem encountered during assembly. Basically, the sections fit together a little too tightly. It was very difficult to get each section to seat down into the previous section without some minor modifications. It's almost as if they put the entire tower together out of long peices of beaded channel, then used a saw to cut it into the individual sections. We got around this problem by taking a big hammer and bending in the bottom ends of the section legs to that they would fit down into the top of the lower section. Once that was done it was much easier to stack the tower by making the modifications on the ground and dry fitting each section before sending it up the tower.

Over-all, I'm very satisfied with this tower.
<— Page 2 of 2

If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews, please email your Reviews Manager.