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Re: [BULK] - [TowerTalk] Crank-up won't crank

Subject: Re: [BULK] - [TowerTalk] Crank-up won't crank
From: Bob Nielsen <>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 18:15:41 -0800
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If is still stuck, is there any noticeable "bow" in the tower?  I had
experience with a 40 foot tubular tower in So. Calif. which was mounted
~60 feet above ground on a platform above the roof of a building and
saw some very high winds (worse at that height than at ground level)
and eventually acquired a permanent bow and wouldn't crank down.  We
threw a rope around the TH6DXX boom where it attached to the mast and
after a lot of tugging got it most of the way down.  Of course it never
cranked back up again after that.

Bob, N7XY

On Fri, Nov 14, 2003 at 12:52:19PM -0800, Steve Katz wrote:
> David, were you able to crank it down when the wind stopped blowing, or is
> it still stuck?  You didn't make that clear.  -WB2WIK/6
> "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of
> enthusiasm." -Winston Churchill
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:       David Greer []
> > Sent:       Friday, November 14, 2003 9:50 AM
> > To:
> > Subject:    [BULK] - [TowerTalk] Crank-up won't crank
> > 
> > I went outside Wednesday evening to crank down my new
> > U.S. Tower 55 ft. tower because of the high winds. It
> > wouldn't crank down or up. Not an inch. I had
> > previously lowered and raised it on several occasions
> > without incident. Phone calls Thursday to U.S. Tower
> > and Fulton, the winch manufacturer, yielded pleasant
> > tech support people but no real answers. There were
> > some suggestions about visually inspecting the winch
> > and the tower for any defects. Did the wind bend the
> > tower? Is something hanging it up? Anything wrong with
> > the winch brake pads? I've visually inspected
> > everything but see nothing wrong. U.S. Tower sent me a
> > list of professional installers and suggested I
> > contact one. I live about 80 miles south of Cincinnati
> > in Frankfort, Ky. The closest one on their list is
> > near Columbus, Ohio.  Anyone know an "expert" any
> > closer than Columbus, Ohio, probably a 4-hour drive
> > from here?
> > 
> > 73, Dave, N4KZ
> > 

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