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From: (Michael Hatzakis, Jr)
Date: Tue Aug 19 03:00:18 2003
A few comments.  I agree with all of Steve's comments also.  

1.  MA-550 is easy to raise and lower with the hand crank, but if you do it 
more than a few times a week, all the way up and down, it can get tiring.  I 
raise or lower it half-way maybe once or twice a week and it's not a big 
problem.  The weight of 435 lbs is much easier to handle and was an easy 
install.  To move than the 900+ lbs with the motor and the extra $1400 or so is 
signfiicant.   The crank over package is a must for antenna maintenance.

2. I've heard of people buying Dayton engineering winches as an aftermarket 
modification.  Everyone I have heard of has said good things about this 
approach.  I was about to buy one when the manufacturer would not warrantee it 
if it were used vertically rather than the spec'd horizontal.  I decided to 
wait and see.

3. Despite a permit and no applicable CC&R, used this tower to reduce visible 
impact.  It's a big improvement over my old lattice-type tower in terms of 
looks.  When it's all the way up, there are some visitors to my place who say 
they didnt even notice it driving by.

4. The MARB-550 and MAF-550 are very solid and have no concerns about their 
ability to handle the tower.  I used a 4 x 4 x almost 6' base.  I am not 
worried about the base, even though I added the US Tower 20 mast.  I lower it 
if the wind picks up.  It is close to the house and even though it makes me 
nervous being so close, I dn't feel the need to mess with the factory design.  
The rotor base in my opinion is a must.  Having a rotor at the base is terrific 
and a Tailtwister moves it without hesitation.

5. Suggest buying a wx monitor such as the Davis Engineering to keep track of 
wind at the tower top. I have alarms set at 25mph.  It does sway in the wind 
and creaks occassionally.

Bottom line.  I love the tower.  It's a great system.  If you would like photos 
to help you decide, let me know.  Good luck.

Michael  K3MH

Michael Hatzakis, Jr MD 
Physiatrist, Treating Individuals with Neuromuscular Disabilities 
Consultant, Information Technology Based Health Care Solutions

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