Fiberglass Push-Up Masts

Why use Max-Gain Systems pultruded fiberglass tube and rod over other materials?

1. Telescoping Fiberglass

Max-Gain Systems round fiberglass tube and rod is designed to be able to sleeve with close tolerances.

2. UV & Corrosion Resistant

Resists harmful UV rays which may damage other products. (We use a high percentage of UV inhibitor with our isopthalic polyester resins.) Made of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic, our tube and rod is highly resistive to many common solvents, acids, and environments.

3. Flexible & High Strength

In high wind, our pultruded fiberglass will flex without cracking. Hundreds of strands of glass fibers combine with resin to form a superior and longer lasting product.

4. Electrically Non-Conductive

Electrically non conductive material that is perfect in sensitive applications. We use "E-Glass" in our tubes and rods (best electrical properties).

5. RF and EM Transparent

Max-Gain Systems fiberglass is used in more antenna manufacturing than any other manufacturer as it exhibits excellent properties at radio frequencies. Max-Gain Systems fiberglass is electromagnetically transparent allowing use around and in electromagnetically sensitive applications. Max-Gain Systems fiberglass is perfect for, but not limited to: cellular, radio, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Max applications.

6. Variety with Consistency

Innovative material allows you to manipulate it in many ways to fit your purpose and need. Rainbow of colors available in quantity. Please inquire.

7. Easily Fabricated and Easy to Install

Max-Gain Systems fiberglass is easily fabricated using proper tools with carbide, diamond, or abrasive tip blades. Max-Gain Systems fiberglass is a lighter weight material allowing for ease of installation and less risk of injury or fatigue.

8. Highest Quality manufactured in the U.S.A.

  • 20+ years of providing the highest quality product made in the U.S.A.
  • Competitive pricing with many options available.
  • No order minimums!
  • Many orders ship within 24 hours!
  • Single piece retail pricing below. Big Savings in increasing quantity. Wholesale fiberglass tube and wholesale fiberglass rod available! If you require large quantities, special pricing applies. Please inquire.

 

Telescoping Masts

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! Max-Gain System’s fiberglass telescopic masts provide the perfect platform to raise a multitude of different types of antenna to the required height. They are commonly used for mobile, temporary or even semi-permanent deployment of equipment.

We currently offer eleven 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 10.6 foot model MK-2-Standard. 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, MK-4 series has 4 foot long tubes, and MK-2 series has 2 foot long 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 and 4 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 the advantages of each material.

Reviews on eHam.net

NameMaximum Usable LengthLength When SleevedMinimum Overlap of TubesLength of TubesOuter Diameter of Bottom SectionOuter Diameter of Top SectionNumber of SectionsWeight (lb)PriceBuy
MK-6 Standard32 feet7 feet 3 inches8 inches6 feet2 inches3/4 inch611.8 Lbs$129.95
129.95
MK-6 Heavy Duty Extend43.3 feet7 feet 10 inches8 inches6 feet2.5 inches3/4 inch818.5 Lbs$214.95
214.95
MK-4 Standard21.5 feet5 feet 3 inches6 inches4 feet2 inches3/4 inch68.5 Lbs$104.95
104.95
MK-4 Heavy Duty Extend28.5 feet5 feet 10 inches6 inches4 feet2.5 inches3/4 inch813 Lbs$169.95
169.95
MK-2 Standard10 feet 8 inches3 feet 3 inches4.5 inches2 feet2 inches3/4 inch64.8 Lbs$79.95
79.95
MK-2 Heavy Duty Extend14 feet 2 inches3 feet 10 inches4.5 inches2 feet2.5 inches3/4 inch87.3 Lbs$129.95
129.95
MK-2 Heavy Duty12 feet 5 inches3 feet 7 inches4.5 inches2 feet2.5 inches1 inch76.8 Lbs$109.95
109.95

Want to see how easy it is to assemble? View our Assembly and Use Guide

Custom Mast Configurations and Replacement Parts

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.) Please see our fiberglass individual piece pricing. 

For example: 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.

Please note: Our “Quik-Clamp” stock numbers are based on the LARGER of the two associated tube sizes. For example, if you want the clamp that sits on a 1″ OD tube and accepts a 3/4″ OD tube internally, order the MC-1 size. If you want the clamp that sits on the 1.25″ OD tube and accepts internally the 1″ OD tube size, order the MC-1.25 size.

Quik-Clamps

Each “Quik-Clamp” includes one stainless screw unless noted upon ordering that you would like a glass filled fiber screw.

ImageNamePriceBuy
"Quik-Clamp" Telescoping Tube Clamps"Quik-Clamp" Telescoping Tube Clamps$9.95$11.95
9.95

Replacement Screws and Levers

ImageNameDescriptionPriceBuy
Glass-filled Clamp ScrewGlass-filled Clamp ScrewGlass-filled Clamp Screw for Max-Gain Systems’ “Quik-Clamp” line$2.00
2
Polycarbonate Clamp LeverPolycarbonate Clamp LeverPolycarbonate Clamp Lever for Max-Gain Systems’ “Quik-Clamp” line$2.00
2
Stainless Steel Clamp ScrewStainless Steel Clamp ScrewStainless Steel Clamp Screw for Max-Gain Systems’ “Quik-Clamp” line$2.00
2

Guy Rings by the Piece

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.)

ImageNameInner DiameterPriceBuy
Guy Rings by the Piece - 3/4" IDGuy Rings by the Piece - 3/4" ID$5.00
5
Guy Rings by the Piece - 1" IDGuy Rings by the Piece - 1" ID$5.00
5
Guy Rings by the Piece - 1-1/4" IDGuy Rings by the Piece - 1-1/4" ID$5.00
5
Guy Rings by the Piece - 1-1/2" IDGuy Rings by the Piece - 1-1/2" ID$5.00
5
Guy Rings by the Piece - 1-3/4" IDGuy Rings by the Piece - 1-3/4" ID$5.00
5
Guy Rings by the Piece - 2" IDGuy Rings by the Piece - 2" ID$5.00
5
Guy Rings by the Piece - 2-1/4" IDGuy Rings by the Piece - 2-1/4" ID$5.00
5

Guy Rings by the Set

Save money by purchasing one of our recommended sets.

ImageNameRange of Guy RingsPriceBuy
Guy Ring Sets - 3/4" to 1-1/2" GR-SET-1Guy Ring Sets - 3/4" to 1-1/2" GR-SET-1$15.00
15
Guy Ring Sets - 1-1/4" to 2" GR-SET-2Guy Ring Sets - 1-1/4" to 2" GR-SET-2$15.00
15
Guy Ring Sets - 3/4" to 1-3/4" GR-SET-3Guy Ring Sets - 3/4" to 1-3/4" GR-SET-3$20.00
20
Guy Ring Sets - 1" to 2" GR-SET-4Guy Ring Sets - 1" to 2" GR-SET-4$20.00
20
Guy Ring Sets - 3/4" to 2" GR-SET-5Guy Ring Sets - 3/4" to 2" GR-SET-5$25.00
25
Guy Ring Sets - 1" to 2-1/4" GR-SET-6Guy Ring Sets - 1" to 2-1/4" GR-SET-6$25.00
25
Guy Ring Sets - 3/4" to 2-1/4" GR-SET-7Guy Ring Sets - 3/4" to 2-1/4" GR-SET-7$30.00
30

Guy Rope

Black Dacron, double weave, stretch resistant, highly UV resistant rope. Note: 1 hank of 200 feet will guy the top guy ring of a MK-8-HD if using 3 point guying.

ImageNameDescriptionPriceBuy
1/8 inch, Black Dacron Guy Rope (200 ft Hank)1/8 inch, Black Dacron Guy Rope (200 ft Hank)1/8 inch, Black Dacron, double weave, stretch resistant, highly UV resistant rope. The perfect guy rope and wire antenna support. Light weight, easy to work with and to coil, and it lasts and lasts. 200 foot long hank (not on a spool) The dacron rope, with our guy rope tensioners, is the easiest way to guy any mast.$19.95
19.95
1/8 inch, Black Dacron Guy Rope (1,000 ft Spool)1/8 inch, Black Dacron, double weave, stretch resistant, highly UV resistant rope. The perfect guy rope and wire antenna support. Light weight, easy to work with and to coil, and it lasts and lasts. 1,000 foot spool that is one full, continuous length. This is to be cut into custom lengths for guying your mast. The dacron rope, with our guy rope tensioners, is the easiest way to guy any mast.$95.00
95.00

Guying Rope Tensioners

These Rope Line Tensioners are the perfect solution for quickly guying your mast or easily putting up your wire antennas, such as dipoles. Frequently called Rope Line Tighteners these are great for mobile/quick installations and for permanent setups.

ImageNameSummaryPriceBuy
Guy Rope TensionersGuy Rope Tensioners

These Rope Line Tensioners are the perfect solution for quickly guying your mast or easily putting up your wire antennas, such as dipoles. Frequently called Rope Line Tighteners these are great for mobile/quick installations and for permanent setups.

$9.95
9.95

Ceramic “Dogbone” Strain Insulator

ImageNameSummaryPriceBuy
Ceramic "Dogbone" Strain InsulatorCeramic "Dogbone" Strain Insulator$1.00
1

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 becoming available from a number of other companies who are familiar with our mast lines, and are tailoring products which can be used with many of our masts in temporary or portable applications.

 

Tripods

MFJ / Hy-Gain, of Starkville, MS has several tripod mounts that may be applicable to your needs, the latest of which is a large model which can accommodate the 2.5″ OD tube of the base section of our “HD” masts. NOTE: Guying may still be required, depending on the mast model, height, and antenna load.

The latest, largest MFJ tripod is the model MFJ-1921, which is available from:

Ham World, Inc.
Talladega, Alabama
1-800-735-5363 or 256-315-5000
[email protected]

Pricing is in the $170.00 range. Several options are available for this tripod.  (Ask the staff for suggestions for accessories you might need, such as the anchor foot braces, MFJ part number MFJ-1905.)

Aluminum Mounts (Both Mobile and Permanent)

TNØ7 Engineering of Eagleville, TN has many options for both mobile and permanent installations. They make very strong mounts that get the job done. TNØ7 mast supports include but are not limited to tilt mounts, drive-on mounts, ground mounts & hitch mounts. They also enable the masts to be rotated or locked in place.

TNØ7 is able to custom fabricate mast supports per customers’ needs. All of TNØ7 products are fabricated to exacting specifications.

Be sure to mention the Max-Gain Systems mast type you are interested in, and they will be able to make the best suggestion for your application.

TNØ7
615-656-8607
tnØ[email protected]Ø7.com

Flagpole Buddy

This company sells a mount that may be of use to our RV enthusiast customers. See how, here: https://www.mgs4u.com/ additional-push-up-mast-photo-2.htm

Other Sources

Another possible source for mounts (and even custom metal mounts) is Penninger Radio. They should be able to supply most anything you might require. They do beautiful, quality work in our opinion. Visit their website and be sure to mention the Max-Gain Systems mast type you are getting so that they can suggest appropriate accessories.

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. Assembly Instructions for 8′ Quadra Pod Base.