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Subject: [TowerTalk] US Tower Raising Fixture Question
From: "Pat Chiles" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 08:49:13 -0500
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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 
plumbed up. 

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.

Pat, K8PC

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