GUY ROPES

 

Except for the 12m fiberglass pole,

ALL Spiderbeam Spiderpoles

must be guyed all the time. 

 

KNOWING HOW TO PROPERLY GUY THE POLES IS VERY IMPORTANT 

FOR RELIABLE INSTALLATIONS OF SPIDERPOLES.

 

Normally the pole (with nothing attached to it and no wind blowing) will stand straight as an arrow, even without guying.  However without guying, especially the longer poles will bend significantly with just a tiny bit of wind.  Therefore it important to always guy the poles!

 

PERSONAL NOTE:  I always guy the 12m pole in permanent installations, but for short excursions (i.e. day trips), I do not bother unless there is a lot of wind, or I use an antenna which exerts a lot of force on the pole.  I always guy all other poles, all the time.

 

 

READ ME FIRST:  

The following instructions explain how to guy the spiderpole (only) without any wires or antenna on it, or when just a thin vertical wire is on the pole for use as a wire vertical.  When you add other types of antennas, especially those applying a horizontal force to the pole, you will need additional guying.

 

Additional guying should be chosen on a case-by-cas basis to counter the horizontal force (pull) applied by the antenna or other payload.

 

For guy rope lengths and height of attachment, see Download (below).

 

 

STANDARD GUYING INSTRUCTIONS

 

Important Guying Considerations:

  • Choice of Rope
  • Number of Guy Directions
  • Height of Guy Point(s) on the Pole
  • Guy Rope Tension

 

Choice of Rope:

 

Spiderbeam recommends its own 2mm Kevlar rope for ALL standard guying requirements including the standard "top guy rope." 

 

Spiderbeam also sells 1mm Kevlar rope and states it is for "top guy ropes" but it is referring to cases where guying above the standard top guy level is required.  Specifically, in cases of top loaded verticals, where very thin (26-AWG) wires are used for capacity hat wires, these thin wires are to be extended with the 1mm Kevlar.   Weight is every important when guying at that height.

Normally the 1mm Kevlar rope is not recommended for guying.

 

WARNING:  Often we see people guying with much thicker rope.  This is very dangerous and can sometimes lead to breaking of the pole during snow or ice storms.

 

 

Number of Guy Directions:

 

This is easy.  The recomended number of directions is FOUR (4) - NOT three.

If you are very careful with the placement of guy ropes and place them exactly 120 degrees apart, you can usually get away with guying in just 3 directions, at least for the shorter poles, but 4 directions is always safer.

 

 

Heigth of Guy Point(s) on the Pole:

 

This is different for each pole model.  See drawings and details in the Download document below.

 

 

Guy Rope Tension:

 

Guy ropes should be slightly loose; you should be able to see a tiny bit of sag in each rope when it is adjusted properly.

 

One of the biggest mistakes people make is tying guy ropes too tight.  This often bends the pole in one direction.  If left like that for an expended period of time (i.e. several months), this can permanently bend the pole.

 

DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN THE GUY ROPES.

 

DOWNLOADS:

Guy Rope Guidelines for the all Spiderbeam Fiberglass Spiderpoles
This one document illustrates how to properly guy the Spiderpoles.
GUYING SPIDERPOLES.pdf
PDF-Dokument [413.7 KB]