Mastwerks tripod with integrated hand crank mast rotator.
New portable antenna support system from the folks at Buddipole. In typical Buddipole fashion, Mastwerks is a well thought out, beautifully designed and incredibly flexible system for helping ham radio operators quickly deploy an effective antenna system on virtually any terrain.
The Mastwerks systems consist of 3 primary components: Tripod, Mast, and the Guying System. Each complete system is available in 3 models: 10ft, 23ft, and 33ft.
The RTS 1500 Series is a first-of-it’s-kind product line of lightweight and portable (patent pending) rotational tripods (hand crank comes standard) and quick deploy masts utilizing ultra-rugged nylon-reinforced custom injection molded parts, custom aluminum tubing, and stainless steel hardware.
NO SLIP UNDER EXTREME WIND
Our patent-pending mast tubing is designed with a unique shape which prevents rotation without having to rely on the collar locks to prevent rotation in heavy winds.
SUPER FAST DEPLOY TIME
Quick one-handed lever locks and a bullseye level allow for ease of setup in just a few minutes.
- Articulating feet.
- Remote control motorized rotator with electronic compass.
LEG ANGLE ADJUSTER
Leg angle adjusters allow for much greater versatility in deploying the tripod in virtually any terrain. Each leg angle can be adjusted independently.
UNIQUE HAND CRANK
Rotates tripod nearly effortlessly. Automatically locks into position. (Remote controlled motor driven unit available Winter 2019.)
Prevents rotation within itself and thereby removes the rotational forces on the collar locks.
QUICK RELEASE LEVER LOCK
Enable incredibly fast and secure height changes. Single hand operation.
- 10ft 2ft (collapsed) – 8.26lbs 3.3lbs (mast) + 4.96lbs (tripod) – Black Color
- 23ft 4ft (collapsed) – 10.8lbs 5.3lbs (mast) + 5.5lbs (tripod) – Black Color
- 33ft 5ft (collapsed) – 13.77lbs 7.16lbs (mast) + 6.61lbs (tripod) – Black Color
Posted on August 1, 2019 | by Chris Mattia
Mastwerks is a new portable antenna support system from the folks at Buddipole. In typical Buddipole fashion, Mastwerks is a well thought out, beautifully designed and incredibly flexible system for helping ham radio operators quickly deploy an effective antenna system on virtually any terrain.
The Mastwerks systems consist of 3 primary components: Tripod, Mast, and the Guying System. Each complete system is available in 3 models: 10ft, 23ft, and 33ft. I’ve been testing the 33 ft (10m) system that collapses down to only 5 ft and weighs 13.77 lbs (7.16 lbs mast, 6.61 lbs tripod). This means I can easily transport the entire system in my Mini Cooper along with my other radio gear.
The foundation of the system is the tripod which uses simple Quick Release Lever Locks (QRLL) at each adjustment point to allow you to quickly stabilize the base with a wide stance. The head of the tripod contains an integrated bubble level that helps you make quick work of establishing the level setup for the system.
A properly leveled system reduces side loading on the mast segments when raising and lowering the mast. The head of the tripod has an integrated rotator with an open port on one side that will accept the included hand crank or a future motor drive. The rotator allows you to quickly change your antenna direction by rotating the entire mast and antenna system independently of the tripod and guying systems.
Mastwerks mast uses labeled Quick Release Lever Locks for fast and secure deployment. The masthead uses a Quick Release threaded cap that mates with a Buddipole VersaTee.
The black anodized aluminum Mast uses the same QRLL as the tripod making deployment fast and easy. Each QRLL is labeled on the inside of the locking lever to make referencing specific mast segments easy. The mast has a unique rounded teardrop shape that allows all of the segments and tripod to have a positive locking grip to prevent individual segments from rotating.
The top two segments of the mast have laser etched lines indicating a suggested maximum extension of those segments when deployed in high wind situations. The top of the mast has a quick release threaded cap that is compatible with a standard Buddipole VersaTee.