Mine creaks (and pops) too, and it is the new design with sleeved joints. If
yours is this design (post 1995), tightening the bolts will not help because
there is minimum gripping pressure at the joints. All of the leg loads are
carried by the bolts, which are virtually a press fit. It is my belief the
creaking/popping is caused by minor changes in the alignments at the joints
due to the natural flexing that occurs in aluminum. In this more recent
design the bolt holes will NOT elongate because the bearing strength is well
below the point of deformation, even at rated wind loads. I know this
because I have reviewed the PE analysis of this design in great detail.
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4. Neighbors...(Thanks!!) (Jerry K3BZ)
5. Re: Heights (Don Havlicek)
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 12:33:25 -0600
From: "Tom Branch" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Heights
I've noticed the my Heights tower "creaks" when the wind is blowing. I've
tightened all the bolts so I'm hoping this is "normal"...
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 13:58:18 -0600
From: Tim Duffy K3LR <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Subject: [TowerTalk] Dayton Contest Dinner 2003 **UPDATE**
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UPDATE MARCH 27, 2003
*** K1QX reports that ticket orders are ahead of last year.
**** Do not wait until the last minute to place your order as
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The North Coast Contesters are pleased to announce:
The 11th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner
Tickets are on sale NOW.
Master of Ceremonies is Tim Duffy, K3LR
The 2003 Contest Hall of Fame Inductions will be formally announced by
the CQ WorldWide Contest Director and CQ Contest Hall of Fame member,
Bob Cox, K3EST.
We are honored to have Rich Strand, KL7RA as our dinner speaker.
The dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 17, 2003 at 6:30 PM:
Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM.
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Dayton (Downtown), Ohio in the VAN CLEVE BALLROOM
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Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 15:42:20 -0500
From: Jimmy Weierich <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: KB2HUK@aol.com, email@example.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] need 24 volt 6amp PS
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$16 if a switcher will do the job:
>Hello all ! I need a 24 vollt 6 -8 amp power supply for a new alfa spid
>rotor . Is there any one who knows where I might find one ? thanks John
Jimmy Weierich, K2LV, ex KG2AU <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Vestal, NY USA FN12xa
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 21:35:57 -0500
From: Jerry K3BZ <email@example.com>
To: "(Reflector) TowerTalk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Neighbors...(Thanks!!)
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Reply-To: Jerry K3BZ <email@example.com>
Thanks to the many that gave me some very good ideas and suggestions how to
deal with this. The problem doesn't seem to be as big as we first thought,
and it appears to be manageable. Much appreciated, gents.
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 09:04:46 -0500 (EST)
From: Don Havlicek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Heights
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This may have been addressed before on the reflector.
What you have is elongation of the bolt holes in the tower.
PLEASE, for you own safety, take down the tower and inspect ALL the bolt
holes, especially those INNER holes which are hidden from view.
I am certain that you will discover they are no longer ROUND, but
elongated, making for an UNSAFE condition.
Tightening the bolts will NOT improve the safety factor much, as the tower
will still be slipping in the joints due to that elongation.
How to eliminate the problem? IMHO, you must place another bolt at each
joint where elongation has occurred, perhaps above, below, or between the
> I've noticed the my Heights tower "creaks" when the wind is blowing.
> I've tightened all the bolts so I'm hoping this is "normal"...
> See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
> Weather Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with
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