In a message dated 96-12-12 19:02:26 EST, you write:
> Yes these would be additional guy wires. I'm a safety fanatic, just
>trying to provide a more safe tower to climb. The wind zone you mentioned
>is <70mph, although we have had a 90mph wind with no damage. The 90mph was
>a once in 50 or 60 year event. More than the wind load i'm scared the tower
>will colapse with someone on it. Am I being over-cautious?
Hi, Mick --
You're correct, Bedford County is a 70 MPH zone - the lowest rating in
the TIA-222. While I'm all in favor of over-engineering towers and antennas,
the added guy tension will be a detriment to your installation by adding
additional compression force to the tower legs. They weren't designed for
this additional force.
You'd have to hook a cable from the tower to a car and drive it away in
order to exert enough force to do anything. It really is a safe tower. The
additional guy wires would do NOTHING to make is safer for someone to climb
the tower. Are you being over cautious? I'd say so. As long as you've
installed everything to the factory specs, that's all you need to do. The
best thing you can do to make it more stable (not safer, that doesn't change)
while it's being climbed is to install torque arms at each set of guys.
These are the ones that have the foot long metal bar attached to them.
73, Steve K7LXC
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