When I originally posted the link to the unfortunate guy with the tower, I
posted it as an item of general interest to anyone with a tower. I was
surprised to see how long the thread became.
I want to throw an addtional two cents worth in. I have three 200 foot
towers and most of you on the reflector have towers ranging from ten feet to
200 feet. Aside from the aesthetics aspect, most non-hams do not want a
tower next to their property for safety reasons. They are afraid that the
tower will fall over on their home.
Think about it for a moment. How many installations do you know about in
your area that are less than safe? Not your own of course, but surely
someone in town has one. Assuming you climb, would you be willing to climb
anyone's tower in your club or town...probably not. I know I wouldn't. I
have personally seen or heard hams supposedly knowledgeable about towers use
some really unsafe designs such as the guy with the screw anchors on the 150
footer. How many freestanding towers sitting in a yard of concrete, or 50
foot tower bases just stuck in the ground with no concrete do you know about?
How many Rohn 25 installations are just house bracketed to the fascia boards
(a poor way to do it)? The answer is lots...in Florida.
It is really amazing that there aren't more events like the one this thread
has been about.