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    ·         Attach the first antenna to the very top of the uppermost section of the mast; raise the upper most section of the mast ~ 0.5m; attach second antenna; if attaching a third antenna, raise the mast another 0.5m and attach antenna. **It is ideal to leave as much distance between antenna as possible, >1m or more if space allows, especially for antenna in the same place (eg. E & W facing antenna). **

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    Table of parts for a standard 30 ft telemetry tower:

     

    Part

    Specifications

    Source

    Part Number

    Tripod

    10 ft (height)

    http://www.wadeantenna.com/Wade/Tripods.htm#.Uays6ZyM9X9

    TRM-10L

    Pop-up Mast

    30 ft (height)

    http://www.wadeantenna.com/Wade/Popups.htm#.UaytZZyM9X9

    30A

    Aircraft cable

    264 ft (total length)

    1/16 in (diameter)

    Galvanized or Stainless*

    http://www.herculesslr.com/category/products/wire-rope/aircraft-cable/

     

     

    Aluminum sleeves

    36 total

    Wire diameter = 1/16 in

    http://www.herculesslr.com/products/hardware/connectors/aluminum-duplex-sleeve/

     

     

    Quick links

    9 total

    3/16 in (diameter)**

    Galvanized or Stainless*

    http://www.herculesslr.com/category/products/hardware/links/

     

     

    Wire tighteners

    9 total

    https://am.gallagher.com/en-ca/product/2754/in-line-wire-tightener

     

     

    Reinforcing bar (or Rebar)

    9 pieces in total

    ¾ in (diameter)

    4 ft (length of each piece)

    http://homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Building-Supplies/Building-Materials/Masonry-Products/Reinforced-Products/Rebar/20mm-x-20-Reinforcing-Rod/_/N-2pqfZ67l/Ne-67n/Ntk-All_EN/R-I2730513?Ntt=rebar

     

    * To date we have only used galvanized and it has worked fine.  Stainless is more corrosion resistant and so may be a better long term investment, but it is also more expensive than galvanized.  It might be worth getting a quote for both.

    ** If the quick links aren’t molded properly it can be difficult to fit them through the holes in the guy rings on the pop-up mast.  I always bring a guy ring to the store and test each quick link individually to make sure it fits before I purchase.

     

    One-time-use materials:

     

    Material

    Purpose

    Electrical tape (standard black)

    Waterproofing connection between coax cable and antenna

    Silicone

    Waterproofing connection between coax cable and antenna

    Electrical tape (various colours)

    Colour-coding antennae

    Rubber (old bike tubes work well)

    Isolating antenna from pop-up mast

    Zip ties (black, UV resistant)

    Securing coax cables to antenna/pop-up mast

    Flagging tape (reflective tape)

    Flagging guy wires

     

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    In order forField Data Sheet stations to be compatible with Motus, each receiver setup (Fill these sheets out onsite for later input into motus-wts.org)must: be registered with atMotus Station Registration Form Motus.org.docx.

    An example Motus Station Station InspectionMotusStationRegistration Form

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    Field Data Sheet (Fill these sheets out onsite for later input into motus-wts.org): Motus Station Registration Form.docx

    Motus Station Registration Form

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    Current version

    This revision modified by stuart (Ban)

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    ·         Attach the first antenna to the very top of the uppermost section of the mast; raise the upper most section of the mast ~ 0.5m; attach second antenna; if attaching a third antenna, raise the mast another 0.5m and attach antenna. **It is ideal to leave as much distance between antenna as possible, >1m or more if space allows, especially for antenna in the same place (eg. E & W facing antenna). **

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    Table of parts for a standard 30 ft telemetry tower:

     

    Part

    Specifications

    Source

    Part Number

    Tripod

    10 ft (height)

    http://www.wadeantenna.com/Wade/Tripods.htm#.Uays6ZyM9X9

    TRM-10L

    Pop-up Mast

    30 ft (height)

    http://www.wadeantenna.com/Wade/Popups.htm#.UaytZZyM9X9

    30A

    Aircraft cable

    264 ft (total length)

    1/16 in (diameter)

    Galvanized or Stainless*

    http://www.herculesslr.com/category/products/wire-rope/aircraft-cable/

     

     

    Aluminum sleeves

    36 total

    Wire diameter = 1/16 in

    http://www.herculesslr.com/products/hardware/connectors/aluminum-duplex-sleeve/

     

     

    Quick links

    9 total

    3/16 in (diameter)**

    Galvanized or Stainless*

    http://www.herculesslr.com/category/products/hardware/links/

     

     

    Wire tighteners

    9 total

    https://am.gallagher.com/en-ca/product/2754/in-line-wire-tightener

     

     

    Reinforcing bar (or Rebar)

    9 pieces in total

    ¾ in (diameter)

    4 ft (length of each piece)

    http://homehardware.ca/en/rec/index.htm/Building-Supplies/Building-Materials/Masonry-Products/Reinforced-Products/Rebar/20mm-x-20-Reinforcing-Rod/_/N-2pqfZ67l/Ne-67n/Ntk-All_EN/R-I2730513?Ntt=rebar

     

    * To date we have only used galvanized and it has worked fine.  Stainless is more corrosion resistant and so may be a better long term investment, but it is also more expensive than galvanized.  It might be worth getting a quote for both.

    ** If the quick links aren’t molded properly it can be difficult to fit them through the holes in the guy rings on the pop-up mast.  I always bring a guy ring to the store and test each quick link individually to make sure it fits before I purchase.

     

    One-time-use materials:

     

    Material

    Purpose

    Electrical tape (standard black)

    Waterproofing connection between coax cable and antenna

    Silicone

    Waterproofing connection between coax cable and antenna

    Electrical tape (various colours)

    Colour-coding antennae

    Rubber (old bike tubes work well)

    Isolating antenna from pop-up mast

    Zip ties (black, UV resistant)

    Securing coax cables to antenna/pop-up mast

    Flagging tape (reflective tape)

    Flagging guy wires

     

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    In order for stations to be compatible with Motus, each receiver setup must be registered with at Motus.org.

    An example Motus Station Station Inspection Form

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