W8IO roof tower

W8IO Rooftowers LLC

(updated 2 September 2023)

Due to health issues of both my wife and me, I will no longer be taking tower orders. We will, however, supply small replacement parts as necessary.

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W8IO Ham Roof Towers                                                                                                                     

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        Model IO-815HD                                      Models IO-810 and IO-810HD                          Model IO-610  and IO-610HD                  Model IO-45HDIO-45 and IO-45LT

          Click on the model number for more information


See the product reviews on eHam.com or I can provide additional references on request. Please check out the QRZ pages for K8DIL, K2VI and W6RKE for photos.
NEW! YouTube video of IO-45 roof tower assembly and K4KIO Spiderbeam by Cal McKitrick AI6MC.

W8IO Ham roof towers have been shipped to and are in use in these cities:

  • Camano Island, Washington
  • Federal Way, Washington
  • Moses Lake, Washington
  • Enumclaw, Washington
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Corvallis, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Califonia City, California
  • Lakewood, California
  • Sacramento, California
  • Sierra Madre, California
  • Tracy, California
  • Livermore, California
  • Grass Valley, California
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Kingman, Arizona
  • Edina, Minnesota
  • Chisago City, Minnesota
  • Elk Grove Village, Illinois
  • Elgin, Illinois
  • Algonquin, Illinois
  • Glen Carbon, Illinois
  • Frederick, Colorado
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Arvada, Colorado
  • Aurora, Colorado
  • Oak Park, Michigan
  • Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
  • Liberty, Missouri
  • Sandy, Utah
  • North Salt Lake, Utah
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Painesville, Ohio
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Cheverly, Maryland
  • Logansville, Georgia
  • Decatur, Alabama
  • Port Richey, Florida
  • Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Wappingers Falls, New York
  • Staatsburg, New York
  • Rochester, New York
  • Havertown, Pennsylvania
  • Export, Pennsylvania
  • Covington Twp., Pennsylvania
  • Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada



Full Tower Kit
includes cut and drilled 6061 aluminum parts and stainless steel assembly hardware. The assembly and installation manual can be downloaded from this web site. Mounting bolts are not included.

Partial Tower Kit includes cut and drilled 6061 aluminum parts and stainless steel assembly hardware, however the 4 legs are NOT included. You will need to purchase the 96 inch long angle aluminum locally. The assembly and installation manual can be downloaded from this web site. Mounting bolts are not included.

It has become very expensive to ship the 8 foot tall roof towers! If you can buy the 8 foot tower legs locally and drill the holes, I can cut, drill and ship you the shorter parts at a reasonable cost. 6061-T6 aluminum angle can be purchased through OnlineMetals.  They have warehouse locations in Toledo, OH; Wallingford, CT; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA. Speedy Metals has warehouse locations in Milwaukee, WI; Appleton, WI; Rockford, IL; Fraser, MI.  Zoro has 6061 aluminum angles and orders over $50 ship free!

Custom and Semi-Custom Tower Kits  If you have a roof top tower requirement that isn't shown, please drop me a note and I will see if I can make it. I can upgrade the ability of the non-HD towers to handle heavier antennas by increasing the rotor bracket and shelf wall thickness.

DIY Tower Plans include instructions for cutting and drilling all aluminum parts. The full instructions are downloaded from this web site, and the password to unlock the instructions is emailed to you on request. The assembly and installation manual can be downloaded from this web site. Assembly and mounting hardware are not included.


My towers are designed to work with a thrust bearing mounted on the top. I recommend the Yaesu GS-065, which will handle up to a 2.5 inch diameter mast.  You could also use the Yaesu GS-050 thrust bearing, however this will only allow masts up to 2.0 inches OD.  You can save money on shipping by purchasing your thrust bearing locally, either new or used. If you plan to use the GS-050, please tell me so I can drill the mounting holes for this bearing. If you want all tower parts to arrive at the same time, I can purchase the bearing and include it with the tower shipment (use the -065 or -050 option).


W8IO Rooftowers LLC warrants all its roof-tower products for 90 days after shipment. If any W8IO Rooftower fails to give the purchaser complete satisfaction within 90 days of shipment, we will replace any component of the Rooftower free of charge. W8IO Rooftowers LLC will not be liable for loss or damage to property or incidental or consequential loss or expense from property damage due directly or indirectly from the use of this product.


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Wind Area:  

 Calculations for the IO-810 roof tower.

Helpful References:

"Match your Antenna to your Tower", Roger Cox WB0DGF, Ham Radio Magazine, June 1984

"Practical Application of Wind-Load Standards to Yagi Antennas: Part 1", Stuart E. Bonney K5PB, QEX Jan/Feb 1999, pp 46-50

"Practical Application of Wind-Load Standards to Yagi Antennas: Part 2", Stuart E. Bonney K5PB, QEX Mar/Apr 1999, pp 44-49

"Tower and  Antenna Wind Loading as a Function of Height", Frank Javanty W9JCC, QEX July/August 2001, pp 23-33

"Tower Tips"  a compilation of many tower tips from various authors

K7NV's Windload equations

EIA/TIA-222-G Explained

How to Strengthen your Roof with Collar Ties

The Mathmatics of Rafter and Collar Ties

contact Roger: email to 


Roger Cox, W8IO (ex-WB0DGF) - Spring Lake, MI 49456

mirror websites: w8io.com and wb0dgf.com