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Subject: [TowerTalk] Rohn tower assembly
From: (Dale Martin)
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 09:56:42 -0500
On Sunday, July 13, 1997 8:35 AM, Jerry K. Liley[] wrote:
>On Sun, 13 Jul 1997 08:07:43 -0500 Dale Martin <> writes:
>>On Sunday, July 13, 1997 7:42 AM, Jerry K. Liley[] 
>>You are then ready to go down,  fit another
>>>section and proceed to the next section.
>>>I hope this helps someone.   It has worked for me for 40 years.  
>Onemore time.......
>>>GROUND PREPARATION is the key.    One more thing.....It is handy  to
>>>one helper on the ground because it saves a lot of trips up and down 
>>>tower but all the ground person needs to be able to do is drive the
>>>tractor,   not lift anything heavy.    The XYL can do that very well. 
>>>Once the section is secure she can drive the tractor back to the
>>>point so you can reposition the gin pole for the next section.    That
>>>saves ONE up and down. <grin>Jerry,
>>If the person on the ground can 'drive' the tractor, that person
>>should be trainable to do the rope tying to the next new section.
>>That way, the tower person can remain on the tower. 
>>Dale Martin, KG5U
>I will probably get into trouble with this......but it is Sunday and the
>"GIRLS" are at church and won't see it...........<grin>
>Dale would you trust your wife to tie a knot strong enough to hold
>anything heavier than your darned socks?????

I am assuming that you may have taught your wife to drive the 
tractor.  If so, and, since you haven't commented negatively on 
her performance, she has done well, then you should be able 
to teach her a couple of knots, one or two of which she might
have to do on the ground for you.  

You must like living life on the edge with comments like that....
or you have a really good relationship with every woman on this

Seriously, though, I can recall that shortly after I was discharged 
from the U.S. Navy many years ago, I went sailboat racing with 
friends.  Because I had just gotten out of the Navy, there was 
general acceptance that I 'knew' my knots.  I secured the 
bow-line to the dock cleat--the line was the only line securing 
the boat to the dock--and joined the others ashore for some 
post-race tales.  

Shortly, someone came running into the club house to announce
that our boat had come loose and drifted ashore. Fortunately, 
there was no damage done to our boat or others.

I learned a good lesson then: 
1.  Know the right knot to use for the situation; 
2.  Know how to tie that knot.  
3.  If in doubt, ask.

The worst knots I have ever seen have been done by hams;
many who I thought would or should know better.    How many
times have we been up on a tower only to have a beam or 
tower section raised to us to find the knot was obviously 
made by someone who did not know knots?   

It seems to me that it is the easiest thing in the world that 
any ham can prepare for prior to doing any kind of antenna or 
tower work: learn, study, practice knot-tying and where and 
when to use them.  It's basic.  It's fundamental to just about
everything we do as hams: cable bundling, wire antenna 
supports/guys, guying, parts/hardware halyards, etc.  

If anyone can learn knots, women can, just as easily
as men.  And, maybe better. 


Dale Martin, KG5U

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