I took delivery of my new tower yesterday and with the help of Pete, N4ZR, and
a neighbor who owns a front loader I now have it standing on the pad and
Cranking this tower (HDX 555) from horizontal to vertical was unexpectedly very
hard. The only additional weight was a 140 lb mast snuggled inside the tower.
I could only do about 10 complete rotations and then had to take a break and I
am a fairly big boy and in fair shape.
My question is what have others done to lessen this burden? Is there a better
winch or rigging scheme to gain mechanical advantage? My tower has two
side-by-side pulleys on the tower, but only one is used. The raising fixture
only has one pulley. The cable goes over the pulley at the raising fixture,
around one of the pulleys at the tower, and back to the raising fixture where
it is terminated on a bolt. We have it rigged per the instructions.
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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