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## [Towertalk] Statics 101

 To: [Towertalk] Statics 101 W8JI@contesting.com (Tom Rauch) Fri, 12 Jul 2002 03:06:40 -0400
 ```> Statics 101: An object is at rest when the forces up equal the forces > down. > Don't matter how many pulleys you use, unless you make a second > attachment to the tower you don't gain anything as the ground crew > holds the rope (same as tieing it to a ground) and the gin pole takes > out twice the load since there are two equal downward force vectors. The downward force on the pole is the SUM of the weight of the load and the force needed to "pull" down on the rope to lift the load. If you have a 100 pound load the compression on an ideal frictionless vertical pole would be 200 pounds, because the force pulling on the rope would add to the compression load on the pole. If you used a mechanical advantage *at the pole*, it would reduce the pulling force on the rope (but increase distance) so you would have load + some lesser force depending on mechanical advantage. You'd have a minimum pole load of the original load plus whatever tug is required on the rope. Of course if you added mechanical advantage at the tower base, it would do nothing at all for the pole.73, Tom W8JI W8JI@contesting.com ```
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