It's well known that the editing of QST, particularly images, doesn't really
take into account such things as safety. Check out the pictures of the HV
power supply last year. Clip leads, DMMs not rated for the voltage, wires
strewn all about, etc.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Coleman" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 8:32 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Disturbing tower picture in QST
> In the October 2004 QST, on page 52, there's a rather disturbing
> picture. It shows three hams on a tower. Ostensibly, they are
> installing a 2m antenna at a hospital as part of an Eagle Scout
> Here's the disturbing part. Although it isn't possible to tell for
> certain from the photograph, NONE of the tower climbers appear to be
> wearing any sort of climbing safety gear. One gentleman on the left of
> the picture appears to have a strap around his rib cage. The gentleman
> above him on the right seems to have a similar clip to the tower. The
> fellow below and to the right has nothing, and doesn't appear to be
> doing anything to further the installation.
> Now, I'm all for doing good things for the benefit of the general
> public, and installing a 2m antenna system in a hospital is a good
> thing. BUT, that's no reason to compromise safety.
> Tower climbing is a dangerous activity. Proper safety gear and all
> safety precautions ought to be followed.
> QST ought to consider the consequence of publishing pictures showing
> hams recklessly endangering themselves.
> Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Quote: "Not within a thousand years will man ever fly!"
> -- Wilbur Wright, 1901
> See: http://www.mscomputer.com 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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See: http://www.mscomputer.com 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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