I wonder how many critics of this picture have actually seen the picture and
how much of this thread has been fuelled by nothing more than hearsay or
hatred of the ARRL.
It's a tiny little thing, 1 column wide by perhaps 2.5 inches. My eyesight
resolves to 20/20 with corrective lenses, and I can't see enough detail to
determine whether they are wearing harnesses.
I do see what looks like a red nylon strap around the middle climber, but
anything else he might be wearing is obscured by his jacket and right arm. I
can't make out if that's a harness or not.
I see hints of red up the back, over the shoulder and down the front of the
top climber and between him and the tower, but again, cannot make out in
sufficient detail to determine definitively he's not wearing a harness.
And we cannot see below the bottom person's feet, so to conclude he's acting
unsafely is a guess at best. He certainly appears to be standing on the
tower, but how many rungs up from the roof? The only persons who can say for
certain are himself, his towermates and the photographer.
Because the picture is so small, I can't say one way or the other what
safety gear is employed. Certainly the hard-hat criticism is valid.
As photographic evidence of any dishonesty on Steve Ford's part, this just
doesn't hold up.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lee Wical" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Jim Lux" <email@example.com>; "Markhasin, Vitaly"
<Vitaly.Markhasin@UE-1.com>; "'Bill Coleman'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 12:31 AM
Subject: RE: [TowerTalk] Disturbing tower picture in QST
> COULD THIS BE THE FIRST TIME ARRL PERSONNEL HAVE LIED TO US?
> At 06:58 AM 10/13/2004, Jim Lux wrote:
> >At 10:31 AM 10/13/2004 -0600, Markhasin, Vitaly wrote:
> >>The bottom one definitely DOES NOT. They should wear full harnesses and
> >>73! Vitaly (VE6JO)
> >>-----Original Message-----
> >>From: Bill Coleman [mailto:email@example.com]
> >>Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 6:15 AM
> >>To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> >>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Disturbing tower picture in QST
> >>I received a reply from Steve Ford, WB8IMY, who is the editor of QST.
> >>He assured me that all three gentlemen were wearing climbing belts,
> >>although they are not visible in the picture.
> >>On Oct 12, 2004, at 11:32 PM, Bill Coleman wrote:
> >This is much like the author of the HV powersupply article trying to
> >that the clipleads in the QST photo were made with HV wire. Oddly, at
> >that time I had just spent a significant amount of time at work looking
> >for small diameter HV wire. After a couple emails back and forth, I gave
> >up wondering, and just no longer trust the technical details or
> >construction practices in QST.
> >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.
> >TowerTalk mailing list
> 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.
> TowerTalk mailing list
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
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