|To:||Bill Ogden <email@example.com>, TowerTalk@contesting.com|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] Re: US Tower Raising Fixture Question|
|From:||Joe - WDØM <WD0M@centurytel.net>|
|Date:||Fri, 12 Nov 2004 11:10:13 -0700|
I too have a TX-455, and SteppIR (4 element). There is a way to put the antenna on the tower fairly easily. Check my web page to see how. My wife assisted briefly, but there is virtually NO physical requirement in lifting the antenna, simply guiding it. I put the antenna together completely on the ground before putting it on the tower. Check it out, and feel free to ask questions if you have any:
Click on Ham Radio, then SteppIR 4 element....hopefully, the pictures will show you how I did it. I tied a rope to the SteppIR mast plate and then to the tower so that when I cranked the tower up in the air, it raised the antenna to the near vertical position. Let me know if the instructions weren't clear.
73, Joe WDØM
At 09:44 AM 11/12/2004, you wrote:
I went through the same stages with my TX-455 tower. I thought cranking the tower upright was a little tough, but then cranking the tower up is worse. It takes about 95 turns of the handle to fully extend it and I need a break after 10-15 turns. I usually do it in 3 sessions, with an hour or two between sessions. I am not quite as young as I was a few years ago, but I generally get around OK and this was a surprise. The motions involved with the winches stress body areas not normally stressed in easy day-to-day living.
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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