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Latest page update: 23 December 2018

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To be covered:

  • Background, my local conditions, why I "need" a telescopic mast, height of interest, to be used with which antennas (dipole, large STL, small STL,...).


general (German army surplus, 5 sections, cable, hand crank), photo of collapsed mast, construction cross-section, accessories, geroh clamps, top hole, adapter stub for STL, adapter stub for rotor, adapter stub for dipole.

Bundeswehr, THW, ....

Model: "6 Klp/F AKAC019"

Early 1960s - 1990s.

Collapsed height: ca. 1.67 m (≈ 5.5 ft); Fully extended height: ca. 5.9 m (≈ 19.4 ft); Weight: ca. 18 kg (≈ 39.8 lbs); number of sections: 5; weight of accesories pouch: ca. 12 kg (≈ 26.5 lbs); outer diameter of base tube section: 88 mm (≈3.5 inch); max antenna weight: 15 kg (≈ 33 lbs); max wind speed: 100 km/h (≈ 62 mph); max wind load: 100 N.

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Sides of the Geroh 6 meter mast

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Geroh 6 meter mast - partially extended

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Bottom and top view of the Geroh 6 meter mast

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Label on my Geroh 6 meter mast

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Content of the accessories pouch of the Geroh 6 meter mast (hammer not shown)

(source: this 2010 thread in the "Allrad-LKW-Gemeinschaft" forum)

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Table of hand-crank revolutions vs. height of the mast top and vice versa

(source and printable sheet: see ref. 5)


Mast accessories bag includes an insert, See top-left in accessories photo above.; dimensions of insert, size/depth of hole in top of mast + securing bolt.

 Need insert stubs for large STL, small STL, rotary dipole.

Large STL: 3-part; 59mm OD Alu rod (for 63mm OD PVC tube mast of STL) + steel washer + 26mm OD Alu rod , 12mm thread in rods for steel threaded rod. Alu because of weight, cost, ease of machining. Standard off-the-shelf diameters where possible, to reduce/avoid machining.

Small STL: 2-part: 40mm OD Alu rod (for 42mm OD PVC tube mast of STL) + 26 mm OD Alu rod, 12mm thread in rods for steel threaded rod.

Rotary dipole: top mast of rotator limited to 1.75", 35mm OD POM rod (OTS diameter) + 26 mm POM rod , 12mm thread in rods for steel threaded rod.  Until I get the rotator: 2-part insert.

Insert design drawing

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Design drawing for two of the adapters that I need

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Parts for the aluminum and POM/acetal/delrin mast adapter inserts

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Aluminum mast adapter inserts


Diagram from manual + own diagram.

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Guying instructions

(source: ref. 3)

At two levels: largest/lowest diam mast section (1m15), top of mast (vriable, with max of 6m). Three directions, 120° apart.

My terrace no lawn --> no spikes. Eyebolt anchors in walls + very solid pergola post.

List of materials (2 eyebolt anchors, 36 m double-braided 5mm special polyester rope (Dyneema) with low elasticity/stretching  (1.5%) and high  tensile ( = breaking) strength (when new) 1100 daN ≈ 1100 kg equivalent 100 kg guying), 9 carabiners, 6 Camcleat® line-locks). In my case: not permament installation, so UV resistance is secondary. Boat supply store.

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Parts & material for guying the mast at two levels - rope, carabiners, cleats, eyebolt wall anchors

Photos of guyed mast


For stowing the mast, I use a single bracket. Two such brackets are/were used to mount the mast against the back of an army radio truck.

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Several views of the standard "Mastschelle" mounting brackets for this mast

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My mast - stowed upright against one of the walls of my terrace


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