Following my extreme disappointment at losing my 12m mast through an ‘agricultural incident’, I have been heartened by a number of people rallying round to help.
Initially George M1GEO and his dad Chris G8OCV tried to repair the mast by cutting off the broken section and rebuilding it, but sadly with a bit of a bend on the remaining damaged section, it would not retract fully and would be impossible to transport.
However LEFARS club Chairman Dick G4DDP had a mast surplus to requirements which he ‘donated’ to me, I ended up with a replacement mast, while George kept my ‘compromised’ one! Christmas came a few weeks early for me this year!
I have some minor work to do in order to use it, as I had modified my old mast for use with a Clark guy rope kit, as the lower eyelet on the mast were damaged. This replacement mast has the same issue, but a while ago, I bought a replacement bottom section with intact eyelets, so as soon as the weather warms up i will replace that section and I should have a 100% usable Racal 12m PU mast again, this time using the original Racal guy ropes.
My sincere gratitude goes out to Dick for helping me recover what was an irreplaceable part of my portable setup. I certainly could not afford to buy a replacement mast due to my current financial circumstances!