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Subject: Tower Loading
From: (Stan Griffiths)
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 02:59:06 -0800 (PST)
>So... what i want to hear are the stories of tower failures.  Not bent
>masts and crinkled yagi elements... but the real juicy ones where, for
>example, a well guyed 120'  25G tower with two or three big beams on
>top came down as a result of the tower sections themselves crumpling. 
>I want to know what kind of storm and loading abuses were put on the
>tower to make it fall.  Now that's practical information!
>I bet there arent' too many failures that fit into this category.  Guy and
>anchor failures.. or skimping and not guying every 30' or nearby trees
>falling over a guywire are the causes i would expect to see.  I also
>wouldn't think many towers fail because of a bad tower base.
>Load us up with your tower post mortems.  I hear there's 1000 people on
>this reflector, assuming each one knows about 5 tower installations,
>that's 5000 towers... certainly a couple of them fell under interesting and
>NON-OBVIOUS  circumstances that we could all learn from.
>de KD7LS, bryan

Hi Bryan,

After 44 years in ham radio and watching hundreds of towers very carefully
all of that time, I can't think of a single failure of the type you describe.

I am very interested in what sort of responses you get.


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