We use steel that exceeds the 36 KSI typical in many tower designs. Why? Because 50 KSI steel adds strength, saves weight and offers roughly 55 percent more steel in all legs and bracing members.
AN Wireless uses more bolts at section intersections
We use 24 half-inch diameter bolts at each section joint (eight bolts per leg). We also place heavy steel plates on each side of joints for support. And we use half-inch bolts at the top and bottom of the tower. As a result, you can raise a complete tower with a crane from a horizontal position and not worry about stressing the joints.
AN Wireless Towers let you climb painlessly
We offer 5/8ths-inch diameter step bolts as optional hardware, spaced every 18 inches for an ankle-saving climb to the top of your tower. No need to fight your way up climbing braces that are installed at awkward angles.
AN Wireless gives you your money's worth in overall height
Many competitors use overlapping section joints that can rob you of several feet on the overall height on a large tower. With our 100-foot tower, you get 100 feet in the air.
Improved windloading figures
Thanks to computer-aided design modeling software, AN Wireless offers up to a 60-percent advantage in available windloading area over similar designs. We also offer a tower and a foundation that will sustain a 140 mph wind zone ... which many manufacturers can't.
AN Wireless towers won't rust on the edges
Many towers are built using pregalvanized material. Cutting, bending and fabricating after galvanizing leaves edges unprotected and open to corrosion. AN Wireless towers receive full hot-dip galvanizing treatment the proper way — after the fabrication is done — adding decades to the life of your tower.
AN Wireless towers are built for the extremes
Our towers have roughly a 1/8th-inch gap in between each section, allowing for expansion of the steel in extreme cases to prevent buckling.
AN Wireless towers use a real sub-surface foundation
Some competitors use a sub-surface base detail that consists of nothing more than leg extensions or anchor bolt. We prefer to include a half-section of the next-largest tower section for the sub-surface tower base, complete with horizontal bracing, to be embedded in concrete for added strength.
A rigid mounting surface is standard equipment on AN Wireless towers
We supply fully galvanized, top-mounted, 1/8th-inch angle horizontal members with each tower, providing a horizontal mounting surface at the tower's top. This also allows safe antenna maintenance 360 degrees around the tower by doubling as a handy tie-off point for the climber.
AN Wireless towers offer fall-arrest options that meet OSHA regulations
A steel safety cable can be installed on one or all three faces of each AN Wireless tower. We also offer climbing harnesses and safety sleeves that lock onto the cable. Both of these options may be ordered separately, and installed on your tower in the field at any time.
Custom hardware may be fabricated for AN Wireless towers
We can fabricate custom-made parts for your tower. Antenna mounting plates, side arms, work platforms and rooftop mounting kits can be built to order.
AN Wireless towers have spare parts always available
If a leg or a brace should ever become damaged or bent, replacement parts are only a telephone call away. Everything on your tower is replaceable in the field using just a crescent wrench.
AN Wireless is happy to help
If zoning regulations are preventing you from installing your new tower, we can help. Professional engineers with licenses in 50 states and certain Canadian provinces can provide engineering drawings, complete seal, and specifications to township supervisors. We can also speak with persons in charge of the permit-granting process.
AN Wireless manufactures self-supporting towers suitable for amateur radio, broadcast, microwave, paging, real-time kinematics, Internet and networking uses.
Made from 50 KSI steel, AN Wireless towers range in height from 20 to 120 feet and many are engineered to withstand 140 mph wind exposures.
AN Wireless also offers a complete range of accessories, including safety equipment.
Q:What types of communications towers are available from AN Wireless?
A:We specialize in self-supporting wireless towers ranging from 20 to 120 feet. We manufacture three types of tower: LD (light duty), HD (heavy duty) and HHD (heavy-heavy duty).
Q:What is an LD tower?
A:LD towers offer a lower loading capacity than the HD or HHD towers, a variable face width at the base, and typically require a smaller concrete foundation as compared to our larger towers. LD towers are available in heights from 20 to 90 feet.
Q:What is an HD tower?
A:HD towers offer greater loading capacity than LD towers, but lower loading capacity than HHD towers. All HD towers have a 48-inch face width at the base, with the exception of the HD-120, which has a 55-3/16ths-inch face width. HD towers typically require a larger concrete foundation than LD towers, and are available in heights from 20 to 120 feet. HD towers are our most popular.
Q:What is an HHD tower?
A:HHD towers offer an increased loading capacity over the HD or LD towers, a larger face width at the base, and typically require a larger concrete foundation. All HHD towers have a 55-3/16ths-inch face width at the base, and are available in heights from 80 to 100 feet.
Q:Are your towers welded or bolted together?
A:Our towers feature an open lattice, modular design using bolted connections for all braces and legs. This gives customers the choice of having their towers shipped unassembled in kit form. It also offers customers the ability to replace tower components in the field with basic tools.
Q:How do you ship your towers?
A:We ship towers either as assembled 10-foot sections, or unassembled with all structural bolts, splice plates and related hardware packaged separately. Fully assembled sections typically ship on flatbeds; knocked-down sections typically ship on pallets in less-than-truckload carriers.
We also have the ability place knocked-down sections in containers for export. Because all AN Wireless towers use bolted construction, the knocked-down shipping option can save customers considerable freight costs.
We also welcome customers who want to pick up their towers from our plant in Austintown, Ohio.
Q:What makes the AN Wireless towers better?
A:For a full list of advantages, click the AN Advantages link. In summary, our towers are made from 50 KSI steel. We offer a host of standard and custom accessories. And many of our towers can withstand 140-mph wind gusts.
Q:What can AN Wireless do to help me obtain a permit for my tower?
A:In some cases, a local building authority will grant a permit with nothing more than the drawings we have available for download on this website in PDF format. Professional engineers with licenses in 50 states and certain Canadian provinces can also provide engineering drawings, complete with seal. Contact us for more details.
Q:Are there any accessories available for AN Wireless towers?
A:Yes. A full line of accessories is available. Go to the DIY Estimator for a complete list with descriptions, photos and prices.