by Greg Whiter, VK
4IG (Ex VK3CA)

These pages depict Clark Masts original range of mast products.
To see Clark's current mast series go to Portable Mast Australia Pty Ltd's (PMA's) web site.


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In the early 1970's Clark Masts published their first catalogue in 16 years. Alec Clark, the company's founder had been designing and building portable air-operated telescopic masts since 1957. During this time Alec Clark's unique lightweight portable masts had found their way into applications throughout the world with government Departments Of Defence, Police Departments, Fire Departments and Emergency Services. Commercial and industrial applications included for Radio Field Strength Surveying, TV Field Strength Surveying and portable radio communications. 

Alec Clark's company, Clark Masts Limited, performed practically ever manufacturing operation itself in-house. Fabrication, casting, precision machining, canvas sewing, plastic and rubber mouldings, anodising and plating, painting, printing, publishing and even the manufacture of packing cases were all in-house operations. 

Australian users first saw these unique portable masts in the early 1960's courtesy of a antenna manufacturing company called Belling-Lee and the foresight of a gentleman working for them at the time, Frank Welsh. Frank went on, with others, to form his own company, Scalar Industries, in the late 1960's and brought the Clark Masts agency with him. Following Frank Welsh's retirement from Scalar in the mid 1980's
GFS Electronics took on the Australian distributorship and continued to market Clark Masts in the Australia Asia-Pacific region until the company was closed in 2011. In 2012 a new company, started by Greg Whiter, who was previously Managing Director of GFS Electronics took over the Australian distributorship of Clark Masts. That new company is Portable Masts Australia Pty Ltd.

Illustrated in this web page, for historical purposes, are the ST Series Masts pages from Clark Masts early 1970's catalogue.

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The Clark Masts ST Series of the late 1960's - early 1970's consisted of 5 different models, all with keyed sections to prevent inter-section rotation, making these masts suitable for use with directional headloads. This early ST Series of masts was available in heights of 8.8 to 12.2 metres with headload capabilities up to 9 Kg. Today's ST/STX Series of masts includes a total of 72 models with heights from 2.56 to 9.06 metres and a headload capability of up to 20 Kg.

Clark Masts History - ST Series Masts of 1970 - Mast Mounting

As can be seen from above, ST Series masts were particularly designed to be internally vehicle mounted. Battery powered Air Source/Mast Controllers provided mast extension/retraction control.

Clark Masts History - ST Series Mastsof 1970 - Table Of  Models

From the table above it can be seen that Clark Masts early ST mast series were capable of operating, unguyed with 1000 square cm of sail area on top into wind, in wind speeds from 64 to 144 km/hr. If guyed all models were rated at 128 km/hr. All ST Series masts had base tube diameters of 76.2 mm (3"), 12 mm (0.5") larger than the QT Series base tubes. Like the QT Series, all masts in the ST series had 24 mm sockets at their head with a quick clamp for attachment of their headload.

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A range of accessories was available for the ST mast series which included mounting brackets for internal and external vehicle mounting, guy collars and guy assemblies as well as guy pickets etc.

CLARK SCAMP MOPED - A slight diversion from portable mast manufacturing occurred for Alec Clark in 1967 with the design and manufacture of a small moped called the Clark "Scamp". The Scamp was developed and marketed in the United Kingdom by Alec's company AN Clark (Engineers) Limited from March to November 1968. For more details on the Clark Scamp moped see HERE.

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Links to other pages in this article
Page 1 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's QT Mast Series
Page 2 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's ST Mast Series
Page 3 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's PT Mast Series
Page 4 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's WT Mast Series
Page 5 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's DAF Mast Series
Page 6 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's SCAM Mast Series
Page 7 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's PB1 Mast
Page 8 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's Surveyor Mast Series
Page 9 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's 63/70 Trailer Mounted Mast
Page 10 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's 63/100 Trailer Mounted Mast
Page 11 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's Mast Fitting and Mountings
Page 12 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's Vehicle Mounting Accessories
Page 13 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's Air Supply Equipment
Page 14 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's Guying Equipment
Page 15 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's Antenna Fittings
Page 16 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's Miscellaneous Equipment
Page 17 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's Antenna Mounting
Page 18 Clark Masts History - Early 1970's Useful Wind Information
Appendix Clark Masts History - The 1968 Clark Scamp Moped

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