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Re: [TowerTalk] Re: US Tower Raising Fixture Question

To: Bill Ogden <>,
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Re: US Tower Raising Fixture Question
From: Joe - WDØM <>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 11:10:13 -0700
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Hi Bill,

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.


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

I'll need to crank the tower down and then lay it over when my 3 element
SteppIR arrives.  I hope I can assemble it by installing half the boom and
two elements (while the tower is almost flat on the ground) and then raise
the tower enough (from the flat-on-the-ground position) to install the
other boom half and the last element.

The top of the tower gets crowded.  I have a coax switch (strapped to the
standoff), a half sloper (which I will not attempt to tune until the beam
in installed) and a terminated inverted V dipole suspended about 3 feet
from the tower top.  What with the control cables (beam, rotator), coax
(two feed lines), switch and jumpers, the whole thing became more crowded
than I expected.  I positioned a short wooden dowel, suspended down the
standoff arm, to take the vertical weight of the cables.  I did not want to
have the weight suspended from the sharp right-angle turn provided by the
bare standoff arm.

Bill Ogden


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