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Announcing Max-Gain Systems, Inc.'s line of heavy duty (1/8 inch thick wall on all tubes ... not the thin walled "glorified fishing poles" sold by some) ... fiberglass push-up masts!
We currently offer eight versions of our mast kits, from our 50 foot (maximum extended length) model MK-8-HD, to our "most popular" (and our staff's favorite) model MK-6-HD, to our 21.5 foot model MK-4. Between these models, we offer a wide range of sizes and combinations ideal for a great many uses! These packages each contain the fiberglass tubes (MK-8 series has 8 foot long tubes, MK-6 series has 6 foot long tubes, and MK-4 series has 4 foot ling tubes) plus all sizes of our Quik-Clamps needed for your model, at a package discount price. (Guy rings and guy rope sold separately.) We also offer our 8 foot lengths of fiberglass tube "by-the-piece", and sell our Quik-Clamps individually, so you can create your own custom mast, perfect for your particular use!
We offer two options on material for the special screws used in our Quik-Clamps with your choice of material supplied at same cost. Note that the stainless screws are "standard equipment", and are supplied with your clamps unless you state a preference for the non-metallic, glass-filled adjustment screws as a no-cost option. See discussion of advantages of each material, here: http://www.mgs4u.com/fiberglass-push-up-mast.htm#quickclamps
To see the reviews of this mast system as listed on the eHam.net website, CLICK HERE http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/7041
To see reviews of our company in general (not just this mast system) on the eHam.net website, CLICK HERE: http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/7536
NEW ITEM! We now have custom made guy rings, manufactured specifically for our mast systems! These guy rings are machined from mineral-filled acrylic, a material which is non-metallic, non inductive, non-conductive, impervious to UV, and very strong. We have seven sizes available, each made to fit perfectly over our fiberglass tubes of the same size. They will not scar the fiberglass surface. They slip freely on the fiberglass tubes, and rest on top of the "Quik-Clamp" below. (For example, the 3/4 inch size fits on our 3/4 inch OD tube, and will rest on top of our MC-1 Quik-Clamp, which is installed at the top end of the 1 inch OD tube.) Each guy ring has 5 drilled and counter-sunk holes for your guy rope, allowing you to select either 3 point OR 4 point guying! The counter-sunk holes will not cut guy ropes with sharp edges. Smaller two sizes accept guy rope diameter of 3/16 inch maximum. Larger four sizes accept guy rope diameter of ¼ inch maximum. Colors vary. (Our selection.)
We HIGHLY recommend these guy rings for use with our mast systems. The six sizes are shown below, and may be ordered individually, or at a special discounted "set prices".
Click HERE to see photos of these guy rings installed on our mast system, and photos illustrating proper knot tying for guy ropes.
DISCOUNTED SETS: (click on the Stock # to see the picture)
50 ft heavy duty mast (MK-8-HD)
Announcing our new 50 foot heavy duty mast, model MK-8-HD!
43 ft standard duty (MK-8)
Standard duty version, 43 foot model MK-8
Custom mast configurations
Depending on the height and load bearing capability you are trying to achieve, you can order this system "by the piece." ( Fiberglass is sold "by the piece" in 8ft. or 4 foot lengths only ) Here is a link to our fiberglass individual piece pricing page: http://www.mgs4u.com/fiberglass-tube-rod.htm Here is a quick jump to the section on this page where individual "Quik-Clamps" are listed: http://www.mgs4u.com/fiberglass-push-up-mast.htm#quickclamps
If you needed 22ft. with high load bearing capability you could order the 2.5" tube, 2.25" tube, 2" tube and the 2 corresponding "Quik-Clamps", the stock numbers MC-2.5 and MC-2.25, to achieve the desired height.
If you needed a 22ft., light, highly portable system to hold up light things, you could use the 1 1/4" tube, 1" tube, 3/4" tube, and the 2 corresponding "Quik-Clamps" , the models MC-1.25 and the MC-1. This selection would allow some flexibility at the top while being light and easily movable.
The 43 ft. Mast assembly is shipped as 8 foot fiberglass tubes, sleeved, with the clamps not installed on the tubes.
We would like to see your photos of any of our masts installed and in use! We will be building a "photos" page, and would like to include many of your favorites to illustrate the many possible uses for the MK-4, MK-6, and MK-8. If you have digital photos to send, (.jpg format preferred) please attach to an email, sent to: email@example.com Please put the words: mast photos in the subject line.
32 ft standard duty (MK-6)
Standard duty version, 32 foot model MK-6
Our 32ft Mast assembly is shipped as 6 foot fiberglass tubes, sleeved, with the clamps not installed on the tubes. Order Now!
38 ft heavy duty mast (MK-6-HD)
Announcing our new 38 foot heavy duty mast, model MK-6-HD! 16.5 pounds, and the MK-6-HD-EXTEND to read 17.5 pounds
21.5 ft standard duty (MK-4)
Standard duty version, 21.5 foot model MK-4
25 ft heavy duty mast (MK-4-HD)
Announcing our new 25 foot heavy duty mast, model MK-4-HD!
Compact carrying techniques
When fully assembled, but nested, the Quik-Clamps add approximately 1 foot, 3 inches to the length of the fiberglass tubes used. The 8 foot tubes become a 9 foot, 3 inch long assembly, and the 4 foot tubes become a 5 foot, 3 inch long assembly. To shorten the package for easier transport, simply slide the sections apart from one another and bundle them side-by-side, for a new maximum assembly length of only 1.75 inches longer than the fiberglass! The larger, shorter bundles become much easier to put on most cars and small trucks. These lengths are of course for the full-size versions, consisting of all 6 fiberglass tubes, which would be "worst case". Custom masts consisting of fewer sections would be accordingly smaller.
"Quik-Clamps" and screws
Click on stock numbers for photos of Quik-Clamps and the associated tube sizes each accepts.
The "Quik-Clamps" may be supplied with EITHER our standard-equipment non-metallic glass-filled screws or with stainless screws. Both types are extremely rugged and strong, and operate identically. The glass-filled screws have the advantage of being totally non-metallic, non-magnetic, non-conductive, and RF transparent, and are impervious to continuous duty in salt water environments. Stainless screws are more rugged in applications involving constant handling / frequent adjustment in commercial or military applications. All of our screws are "universal", in that both types fit any and all sizes of our "Quik-Clamps". We sell these screws individually as well. NOTE: You will automatically receive one screw of the material of your choice with each clamp ordered. (specify when ordering masts or clamps, if you have a preference) You need only order the ones below if you want BOTH materials for some reason, or if you have somehow lost one, for instance.
Glass filled screws: Stock number : MC-FS1 Price each : $2.00 Stainless screws: Stock number: MC-SS1 Price each: $2.00
If you are ordering parts for a custom mast configuration, here is a link for our fiberglass price list page. Note that we sell individual fiberglass tubes in 8 foot or 4 foot lengths only. (Not in 6 foot lengths). http://www.mgs4u.com/fiberglass-tube-rod.htm
All Masts are shipped with an assembly and use instruction sheet, which also includes guying instructions.
Accessories and mounts
Our fiberglass masts are an extremely popular and still expanding new product line, and we have frequently been asked for bases and mounts of various types. While we do not offer these accessories, as hardware is not a line of our expertise, they are "in the works" by several other companies. When development is completed we plan to offer links and information regarding these accessories on this page for the easy reference of our customers. In the meanwhile, you should be able to purchase these items from one of the companies working on this project, Penninger Radio. Penninger Radio should be able to supply most anything you might require. They do beautiful, quality work in our opinion. Visit their website at: http://www.penningerradio.com Be sure to mention the Max-Gain Systems mast type you are getting so that they suggest appropriate accessories.
This company sells a mount that may be of use to our RV enthusiast customers. http://www.flagpolebuddy.com/ See how, here: http://www.mgs4u.com/additional-push-up-mast-photo-2.htm
If you prefer to make your own, many customers have fabricated nicely made bases themselves. The best we have seen is by Ray Jurgens, KQ6RH, a retired NASA scientist and antenna designer, and proprietor of the " Antenna Magic " page. Click HERE for a photo and instructional page by Ray Jurgens showing the mast base made from readily available materials ( Assembly Instructions For 8' Quadra Pod Base ).
We do sell a fine line of custom guy rings, specifically manufactured for a perfect fit with our masts. See the detailed descriptive text and photos at the top of this page. These guy rings are HIGHLY recommended for use with our mast systems!
3/32" OD, Black Dacron, double weave, stretch resistant, highly UV resistant rope with 260 pound break strength
1/8" OD, Black Dacron, double weave, stretch resistant, highly UV resistant rope with 350 pound break strength
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