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1550 ft. Tower Fails

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Subject: 1550 ft. Tower Fails
From: (Del Seay)
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 09:37:10 -0700
Kris Mraz, N5KM wrote:

> Last Saturday morning a 1550 ft. television tower failed at Cedar Hills,
> Texas
> just Southeast of Dallas. Three men were killed. The men were in the
> process
> of installing a new antenna using a gin pole. One man was near the top
> of the
> tower and the other two were near the base. Cause of the failure is
> unknown
> at this time. 

Kris et all, of course it's foolish to rely on "facts" from the
""JOURNALISTS"" these days, but - the latest info we had was that
the gyn-pole had come loose, and swung, severing one of the guys.
The tower went into an oscillations and collapsed straight down.  That
explaination is in line with engineering data, but who knows.
Anyway - 1500 feet or 100 feet - the only difference is in the length
of time you have to watch the ground coming up. BE CAREFULL!
de KL7HF

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