|To:||"Jose Castillo" <N4BAA@cox.net>, <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] TOWER HEATER???|
|From:||"Tower (K8RI)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 2 Nov 2004 11:06:20 -0500|
What is the best way (IF any) to keep your tower from icing in the winter??? You Canadian boys found a way to prevent this yet??
Towers really don't ice up in the winter *except* during an ice storm. It's far harder on the antennas than the tower.
We had an ice storm (believe it was in 76) that took out over a mile of power line just to the West of me. The lines had over 3" of ice on them. In the wind it busted off every one of those poles. We had a maximum spam feeding the power pole. The lines coming up to the poles had stretched to the point where the bottom of the catenary was only 3' off the ground *after* the ice had melted.
I didn't lose a single tower of antenna, but they looked pretty sick with all the ice on them. When the ice fell off they straightened right back up.
When the rain starts freezing I do occasionally think of what I might possibly do to prevent it, or get rid of it.
But the straight answer is, nornmally we do nothing.
Roger Halstead (K8RI, EN73 & ARRL Life Member) N833R, World's Oldest Debonair (S# CD-2) www.rogerhalstead.com
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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