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[Towertalk] Re: US Tower MA 550

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Subject: [Towertalk] Re: US Tower MA 550
From: (Richard Karlquist)
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 21:18:57 -0700
I have an MA-550 and asked the president
of US Tower about the cabling issue.  He
says they will work with you over the 
phone and explain the cabling.  He told
me that the MA-550 is just about obvious
in that if you watch how it disassembles,
it is easy to reassemble.  Another issue
is the pulleys.  Be sure to see if they
need replacement.  He said they will try
to sell you pulleys, but that many different
kinds have been used over the years, so
they may or may not be able to come up
with an exact replacement.

I can understand your negative reaction.
I felt the same way until the above discussion,
and now I feel like I know how to play the
game.  Unfortunately, there are not a
bunch of competing crank up tower vendors

Hope that helps.  Just wanted to give
"the rest of the story".

Rick Karlquist    N6RK 

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Mike 
> Lazaroff K3AIR
> Sent: Monday, July 01, 2002 4:42 AM
> To:
> Subject: [Towertalk] Re: US Tower MA 550
>  Hi Steve,
>  I had one...I will NEVER purchase another US Tower product.  Their
> "customer
> service" is sorely lacking.  They would not provide ANY 
> info on how to cable
> it or recable it, even though they will of course gladly 
> sell you the tower
> or replacement parts for it.  Their excuse was "liability" 
> questions.
> That's BS.  It's far more dangerous for someone to attempt 
> to recable it and
> have no clue than it is for someone to do it by following 
> manufacturer's
> directions.  They told me if I wasn't comfortable trying to 
> figure it out
> than I should hire a professional tower installer.  That's 
> not an option for
> everybody!
>  If they're afraid to provide installation instructions for 
> their own
> product
> they have no business being in the business.
>  My 2c worth....
>  73, Mike K3AIR
>  ----- Original Message -----
>  From: "SJM" <>
>  To: "Towertalk List" <>
>  Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2002 5:27 PM
>  Subject: [Towertalk] US Tower MA 550
>  I am interested in hearing from anyone who can provide me 
> with information
> about the US Tower MA550 crank-up mast. I am considering 
> purchasing one
> and would appreciate any tips or concerns.
> Thanks..
> 73's
> Steve
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