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Case Study

Customized Communication Antenna Support for the US Navy

Crane Naval Base needed a customized tilt-up monopole to support communication antennas on their military base in Crane, IN.

AFS 350

Ballasted System - 40' Tilt-Up Pole
Crane, Indiana
G3 Technologies
Completed Installation

The Need

ARE Telecom was contracted by G3 Technologies to manufacture and install three AFS 350 ballasted foundation systems with a customized tilt-up/self-raising monopole to support communication antennas on a military naval base in Crane, IN. The antennas had to be easily rotated in order to precisely adjust their orientation. The foundation had to be above ground with a limited foot print and easily moveable.


ARE designed a pole providing G3 Technologies with a simple, yet effective solution to change the orientation of the antennas using rotating aluminum plates. The pole can be raised and lowered with a motorized screw jack. The top section can be rotated while resting horizontally on a pedestal. The foundations were pre-assembled in our warehouse to meet the time constraint of the customer.

Project Benchmarks

  • Crew flexibility and equipment availability allowing for fast installation on short notice
  • Antennas installed on ground level eliminating the need to climb
  • Easy solution to rotate the antennas

Project Resources

  • 2-man crew
  • 3-day assembly
  • Skid-steer
  • Local gravel used for ballast


  • Small footprint
  • Quick install

1 Shipment

System can be shipped pre-assembled

2 Level Surface

Level area for foundation

3 Assembled Foundation

Assemble foundation and fill ballast

4 Assembled Pole

Assemble pole and antennas

5 Raising System

Attach motorized screw jack to raise the pole

6 Installation Complete

Installation complete