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Force 12 failure? [TowerTalk] rope in elements

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Subject: Force 12 failure? [TowerTalk] rope in elements
From: (WA9ALS - John)
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 21:40:18 -0500
Here's a true story about how a Force 12 element broke even BEFORE the
antenna was on the tower.  I had a new C31XR and had begun assembly near
my workshop.  After I had assembled a few elements, I decided I would
move the operation to the tower site.  I loaded several assembled
elements across a farm wagon and proceeded to drive to the tower site.
As I set out, I didn't allow enough turning radius, and caught the end
of one of the elements on a fence.  Before I noticed and could stop the
tractor, it had bent backwards at least 90 deg or more.  Would you
believe it - it snapped!  It must have been the faulty riveted design!
Or maybe it was the lack of rope in the elements...  Wish I'd had an owl
with me!

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Sent: Tuesday
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] rope in elements

> If the rivets are supposed to fail, darn it, I want my money back, cuz
> has failed !!!!!

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