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Subject: [TowerTalk] Broken Self Supporting Crank Up Tower
From: "Wendell Wyly - W5FL" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 19:43:22 -0500
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Driving home today after a recent thunderstorm, I saw a crank up
(telescoping triangular tower) BROKEN completely in two pieces with the beam
hanging nearly on the ground.  This was a fairly heavy duty tower with only
a tri-bander on it and only about a 50 foot tower.  He needs a crane to get
it down now.

Never ceases to amaze me that it takes me 8 5/16 EHS guys to hold my Rohn 45
tower and small 2 element quad antenna  and others seem to think a little
piece of concrete is going to hold their crank up towers in the extended
position indefinitely.  I am sure the load was only 6-8 sq feet, but that
was enough.

As Don, K5DUT often said, "Self Supporting Towers in Texas aren't"


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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