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[TowerTalk] mast weight

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Subject: [TowerTalk] mast weight
From: (Robert Chudek)
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 1997 03:06:59 +0100
At 11:18 PM 4/13/97 PDT, you wrote:
>Maybe we can settle this argument. I have a 24' galvanized moly mast which
>about 135 pounds. I also have small boat winch mounted on top of the flat plate
>at the top of the tower, with a 1/4" hole drilled through the flat plate. So,
>simple matter to load the winch with 100' of 3/16" cable, through the top
>down the inside. Simple matter to just lower the cable down to the top of the 
>mast inside the tower, and crank it up. When the top gets close to the top
of the 
>tower, I secure the mast from the bottom with a come along, disconnect the 
>winch, and use the come along to go through the mast bearing. Simple, works
>well, and doesn't expose me to a 135 pound mast. Light masts can be held by
>a gin pole or even manhandled into place, but don't try it with a heavy job,
>a 24' mast at that weight can do a lot of damage on the way down.
>73, Ed
>Name: Edward W. Sleight
To: <>
>Date: 4/13/97
>Time: 11:02:41 PM

Why bother with the danger of switching a 135 pound load over to a come along
at the top of the tower?  Simply drop the cable through the mast and out the
bottom.  Secure the cable to a metal plate that is larger than the ID of the
mast and hoist the mast into position in one operation using the winch (or in
my case, a gin pole above the tower).

73 de Bob - K0RC

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