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Pole guying


I have used this setup a few times and it works well, on one occasion it was also holding up one end of a ridge line for a tarp.

John VK6NU


Here is the guying attachment that I use when there is nothing to bungee the bottom section of the pole to at the summit.
It’s made from a tennis ball .

David G3RDQ




Terrific ideas. I’ll have to try some of these in my backyard before my next summit.


Just watched Jerry’s video, This is a neat way of doing it. 2:10 into the video explains it.

Overall video is a bit long but worth watching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Ce7DWzr2g&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=KG6HQDJerry


John VK6NU



I guy my roach pole with three pieces of cord with a tent slider/adjuster on each. I tie them to the pole with clove hitches and use tent pegs or rocks. Seems to stay upright and nothing to go wrong!




I only ever used small hand ratchet straps to secure my 7m mast to anything vaguely vertical … that was until 3D printing came into my life. A mast anywhere anytime… Hollywood voice over not included

VK1MIC .com


I use a Sotabeams guying ring (orange) which allows me to rotate my mast if I have a beam antenna. The cords and stakes are stored on the winder.


thank you all for your replies.

i tried my new pole guying setup on the last three activations and it worked fine. in fact it’s so easy and simple to use i think this will be my favourite way of guying the antenna pole in the future. now i ask myself why i did not think of that solution earlier :slight_smile:

i use a cable tie, three simple cords and three mini-pegs. the additional weight doesn’t matter:

73 martin, oe5reo


That looks very quick and simple. How high up do you use it from the ground??



About one meter from the ground. The pole is 6m long …


If you’re looking for ideas , here’s another DIY solution …
I made this to hold a small “golfing” umbrella (also from my beloved Decathlon store, hi).

It’s made from a 30cm PVC tube, diameter 40 mm + a piece of aluminium angle stock, 29cm long, of which one end is made into a pointed tip ( Note : don’t take this in your backpack on a plane … it’s a weapon! ;-).

One long 4 mm bolt with a thumbscrew makes it easy to unfold and use. Two nuts inside the tube make sure that I don’t crush the tube. All tension is held by the bolt alone.

The handle of the umbrella is a tight fit, I did test it on a windy summit … and on a windy beach on Mallorca !

I suppose it can also hold a light fishing pole (not tested yet), either by taking a larger tube to fit the pole inside, or using all but one element of the typical 6m pole from Decathlon, this will fit inside the 40mm tube. You will only lose the bottom 58 cm, still enough pole to put up a full size GP for 20m.

Still to do : make two cutouts as marked in the next picture, so that I can fix it at a 90° angle. Not sure where to use that, maybe for putting it between two large rocks on a summit, when you can’t put it in the (rocky) ground ?
(Would be OK for an umbrella, but probably will not take the torsion force of a fishing pole).

Other application ideas welcome !
73, Luc ON7DQ


I find that a 105 lb. anvil is a good balance between holding the pole steady and portability.



Just need to make sure your pole will fit into the square slot on top of the anvil.



It’s my lucky anvil, I take the same one with me when I go sky-diving.


Glad to see you keep it nicely lacquered Andy, a rusty anvil can make such a mess in your back-pack.

73 de Paul G4MD

(I’ll confess now before Gerald dobs me in - I use the wimpy 75lb version :frowning: )


Seeing you make Gerald carry it, you are just being far too kind to him :joy:


No wonder Gerald needed his pipes rodding through if you were sneaking that into his bag!

[straight face]
I always wrap my anvil in bubble wrap so it doesn’t get damaged when it’s in the bag.
[/straight face]


One day i will visit you and I want to take your photo as you lug that thing up your driveway, let alone a summit.


Hi Martin, For six hundred activations now have avoided any need to guy a pole. I simply “brace” the pole instead. Such is simpler, lighter, and much faster. I may typically wedge the base of the pole between rocks, between branches of a fallen tree, in a rock cairn that I may, but rarely, have to build up, and use the EFHW wire to gently pull the pole to one side. Done. No guy lines, no attachments, no bungies, no helper, no nothing. Of course if there are bushes, I can just stick the pole in. If there are trees with branches, I can use the pole like a tool to reach up and hang the insulated wire over a tree branch which can be almost 28 feet high. The pole just hangs from the branch, hi hi. No sense carrying anything that isn’t actually needed. 73, Fred KT5X (aka WS0TA)