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[TowerTalk] Gin Pole

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Gin Pole
From: (Steve Hurst)
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 22:45:04 -0600
Rick and tower gang,

        When I installed my 40 feet of Rohn 25G, I had a local welder make me a
gin pole from pics in the ARRL antenna book. It worked out fine for me. And
I still have it !! So it'll come in handy again when I dismantle the tower
and reinstall it at my new QTH on ten flat acres !!!  Going higher this
time , have 80 feet of 25G !! My gin pole is in two parts , one part
attatches to the tower leg , then the pole slides in . Works good. Good
luck Rick......  be carefull  !!!!!!

P.S. I had the welder weld a handle on the pole for easy hoisting up the
tower . 

Steve Hurst
KA7NOC  ( southern Idaho )

" I'm cooler than you are. Why don't you fix your little problem and light
this candle ?"
Alan B. Shepard

> From: Rick Bullon <>
> To:
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Gin Pole
To: <>
> Date: Friday, June 19, 1998 10:14 PM
>   Well I have had another set back on my tower project. There is a local 
> ham who has a gin pole sitting on top of his 110ft Rohn 25 tower. I 
> heard he got scared when he got it that high and left the gin pole up 
> there. Figured I could buy it from him at a reasonable price, if I could 
> caught him at home. Well I finally got a hold of him.
>  First the gin pole is not for sell and after he told me about it he 
> couldn't give it to me. Seems he built this thing out of what ever  
> scrap pieces of metal he had around the place some pipe some angle iron 
> some flat steel and some pulleys from who know where.
>   One thing I have learned from this reflector is DON'T JURY RIG 
> Equipment!!! So now I'm back to square one trying to find a ginpole to 
> get my tower from horizontal to vertical. I decided if I wait till I 
> have all the pieces it would never get started so I'm goin to erect what 
> I have to the first guy point then wait till I can afford the guy wires, 
> turn buckles etc. and a LOOS gauge, then erect some more to the next guy 
> point etc. I have 40 ft of Rohn 25 and plan to add another 3 sections 
> for a 70ft tower.
>   You may rember me asking about trying to fold over 70 ft of Rohn 25 a 
> while back. Well you guys have changed my mind on that idea going to go 
> straight up no fold over here!!
>  MY first priority was to get a gin pole a safety belt and either buy 
> the SB25g from Texas Towers ( fairly local to me about 65 or 70 miles 
> away) or just sinking a tower section for the base. The only place I can 
> find that sells gin poles is HRO and it lists for $499.95. If I paid 
> this for the gin pole and bought a climbing belt, the I beams for the 
> elevated guy points ( XYL's rule on guys)and ordered the truck and got 
> the base poured and creted in the I beams I would be busted.
>   Is there a cheaper place to buy a gin pole ? a used one would be fine 
> if it was a commercial made unit and semi local to the Dallas Ft.Worth, 
> TX area.
>  I have asked local hams around here and all I get is "Well so and so 
> used to have one but I think he sold it " or "Why do you need a gin pole 
> just put it together on the ground and walk it up". Several of the 
> towers around here are fold over contraptions that aren't folded over 
> much and then if they are it is with a hope and a prayer. THe ones that 
> are done right were done with a gin pole which has been long gone ie 
> sold after the tower was up.
>   This is not going to be a week end project but rather one that will be 
> done as I can afford it. The tower fund is also the emergency fund thus 
> the limited funds for equipment and tower pieces.
>  Sorry to be so long winded but I wanted to try and cover all the 
> questions that might come up after I post this. I know I missed 
> something but this post is too long now HI HI
> 73
> Rick KC5AJX
> P.S Yes I have the Rohn catalog so I know what all the specs are :)
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