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[TowerTalk] AB-105/FRC

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Subject: [TowerTalk] AB-105/FRC
From: (Frank Donovan)
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 17:20:02 -0400 (EDT)

Congratulations on finding an AB-105C/FRC tower, one of the very best
towers for serious competitive hamming!  I had a large quantity for sale
this summer, and all of it was sold after only one advertisement!

The installation you describe sounds like a classic military AB-105C/FRC
installation.  The hinged base you described is standard, and the AB-105
was routinely raised and lowered with the help of a 30 foot tower used as
a gin pole.  Safe removal could involve erecting a 30 foot Rohn 25 as a
gin pole (this involves many hours of preparation) or use of a crane.
Your truck idea sounds V E R Y dangerous!  Alternatively, you could take
the tower apart piece-by-piece without laying it over!  All of the pieces
can simply be dropped to the ground, except the legs which must be lowered
with a rope.  Since your AB-105 is on a hinge base, be sure the guys are
very secure, otherwise it could fall over, injuring or killing you!

A "standard" 73 ft AB-105 installation consists of the following
sections, beginning at the hinge base: 3 ft, 2 ft 6", 5 ft, five 10 ft
sections, and two 6 ft sections.

AB-105 weighs 112 pounds per 10 feet.


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