Turn your beam so that it is "radiating" into the wind. That's
the least load on both the elements and the rotor.
BTW, what melted? Ice at the base of the tower? What's your QTH?
----- Original Message -----
From: Ford Peterson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2001 12:49 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] What a weekend!!!
> About all I can do is sit at the window and worry.
> My 80' tower (68' rohn tiltover with 20' mast sticking 12 feet out of the
> thrust bearing) is standing in over a foot of water, which just melted.
> wx today is like nothing I've ever seen... 60+mph sustained winds most of
> the day. Gusts must be much higher.
> It looks like the tribander is holding up. The 11el 2mtr beam at the top
> whipping around like a flag on a pole. I faced the beam into the wind
> night in anticipation of today. My guts keep telling me to turn it 90
> degrees from the wind to reduce the wind load. I've been told that it is
> easier on the beam/tower turned out of the wind but can damage the rotor.
> The rotor is an alliance of some sort--ham fest special went up two years
> ago in a very big hurry to beat old man winter...
> What's a fella to do? Into the wind or out of the wind?
> Too bad 160 is lousy. I'll bet the tower in a swamp would be a killer on
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