To start a new thread.....
Last week, we had a ice storm come through Southcentral Kansas that snapped
power poles, limbs and branches and trees like they were tooth picks. My
TH6DXX hung in there and drooped like a centipede...but sprung back
horizontal after the ice melted. The dipoles came down (ropes broke - I
should replace the parachute cord with new stuff...it is more than 20 years
old with a lot of knots) and they had about 3/4" of ice on them. The tower
was covered with at least 1/2 inch of ice or more.
What has been the collective experience of those of you who have ice where
you live as to what it takes to bring down Rohn 25G? Luckily we did not
have wind. So, what have been some experiences?
Lee Buller - K0WA
We had ice here in Indiana last week, and had a 240' Rohn come down. Ice
was about a 1/2" at the bottom, and when I check the top of the tower, when
it was on the ground, was well over 2". We had very little wind. To remark
on a past thread, the lying b***ards of insurance people are doing just
that. It has stood for many years, with greater ice and wind. I am
guessing one or more guy wires let go. It broke over at about 120', guy
wires up to there are still good, and the top sections are still straight.
Very strange indeed. No damage to anything else, surprisingly. If one were
to use the "good" sections, which I will not, it would only need a couple
sections replaced, plus the antennas, feedlines, guying cable, and lighting.
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