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Subject: [TowerTalk] Home Brew Tower
From: (Jerry Keller)
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2001 09:19:43 -0500
Months ago, I raised the question of home-brewing a tower ... forgetting to
put on my asbestos jeans first. That was interesting. There were virtually
no positive responses at that time, but recently the thread has been revived
with some comments not entirely opposed to the notion. I guess it takes time
for an idea to become less intimidating.
I'm definitely no tech genius or engineer, and I couldn't design a
toothpick, but that hasn't stopped me from building a bunch of my own stuff
over the years.
I guess I'm just barely smart enough to know other people's good ideas from
the bad...some of the time. Also lucky, I suppose.
I try to be sure that, if I err, it's on the side of own and
others.  For example, I would never build anything where there was any
chance of it falling over on anything valuable... like a kid or a house or a
car.  That would be stupid, and I'm only crazy.
Now I see VK4VKD's "One-Man Tower" idea and it looks like a pretty good one
to me...(but what do I know?)
His list of "goals" is almost identical to mine:
1. Free standing, no guy wires.
2. No risking my friends' lives putting it up.
3. No climbing, or hiring a cherry picker, to install antenna arrays.
4. Ability to lower antennas during storms, high winds, & while away.
5. Affordable.

Maybe some of you could take a look and advise your opinions?

TIA,  Jerry K3MGT (now properly dressed)

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