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Question DetailsAsked on 11/20/2014

I'm looking for a company in my area that can build a tower (approx 18-20 feet) for a small satellite dish

The purpose of the tower is to hold a (light weight) Direct TV satellite dish. I'd like the business identified to be able to construct the tower, mount the dish to the tower and then aim it. The tower needs to be stable enough that it won't say in the wind. Metal (such as aluminium) or pressure treated lumbar.

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Building a tower - as they say in Joisey, fa-get-it. Using a tower for satellite or microwave dishes takes a VERY stable mounting, because wobble shows up as snow in the image - that is why most dishes are mounted off a wall or roof using a wide-legged support frame, and 18-20 feet sounds like just about what the height would likely be to high up on a wall or your roof, assuming you have a 2-story house.

if you are forced into a tower, you probably can't get a contractor and materials on site for the cost of a commercial metal antenna tower from Hy Gain, SolidSignal or Rohn or such, and they are easy to put up and can provide (with a suitably wide base one, like probably 12-18 inch face width for your case). You need to contact some manufacturers about your area wind loading and antenna size and such, and if your area is subject to icing, but a commercial tower that height is probably going to run about $700-1200 for the tower and mounting base, generally about $500 for the concrete base block escavation and poouring, and about $250-500 for the erection and mounting the antenna. Unless you are big on climbing towers after windstorms, an electric TV antenna rotator for about $300-400 would probably be good idea too - so you are looking at about ballpark $1500-2200 range for this - plus a few bucks a foot for cable if not pretty near the house.

You can also talk to Direct TV about what they would charge, if they do it.

Your Search the List category for a contractor is TV Antenna, or maybe TV Service - Satellite.

Bear in mind too, Direct TV will probably not service a tower-mounted antenna, but a crank-down or lay-down antenna tower will add a thousand or so to your cost.

I guess you have figured by now I am wondering why you cannot just mount it on the house roof, unless you are in an area that does not allow roof-mounted satellite TV dishes - in which case it is highly unlikely they allow tower mounted ones either - so be sure to check on local ordinances and subdivision covenants FIRST. I have seen all too many TV and ham radio tower that have been build and then had to be taken back down because they were in violation for that area.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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