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Subject: [TowerTalk] screw-in guy anchors, was Could this happen to you
From: (Jim Smith)
Date: Mon Mar 3 04:08:46 2003
What follows is a response to all the posts on this topic, not just the 
one to which this reply is attached.

C'mon guys, he's one of us.  He put his story and pix up in good faith 
and he gets tromped on by fellow hams ridiculing his "mistakes".  I'm  
not competent to judge whether or not they're mistakes but I do know 
that that's no way to treat a fellow ham.  I see plenty of ignorant 
statements on various ham reflectors about stuff that I know a lot 
about.  I don't call the guy down.  I either say nothing or I try to say 
something that will alleviate his ignorance about this particular item. 
 Lots of guys haven't a clue about, for example, using a transistor to 
interface a computer parallel port to the key jack, and I venture to say 
that includes a number of  Towertalkians.  They may read about various 
ways of doing it and try them until they find something that works but 
never understand why one method works for them and others don't.  If you 
know this stuff, it's a trivial exercise.  If you don't, it's a great 

Ignorance means that you don't know.  Stupidity means that you don't 
have the mental ability to enable you to know.  

So, in the spirit of the above, may I suggest that when one of us comes 
up with something that makes the rest of us cringe, that those who 
respond do so in the same helpful manner that would make the person feel 
good about being part of the fraternity and, to the extent possible, 
grateful for advice kindly offered that any of us would like to receive 
if we, in good faith, offered up something that revealed that we had our 
head up our butt.

An old expression of the Golden Rule.  "Do as you would be done by."

73 de Jim Smith    VE7FO wrote:

>I can't believe no one has noticed he used mobile home tie-down anchors.  
>What, about 30 inches long with a 4 inch auger??
>Dwayne, KG4ADM
>>The link below is why I never use screw anchors.  Check the pictures...very 
>>Bill K4XS
>See:  for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless 
>Weather Stations", and lot's more.  Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any 
>questions and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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