In a message dated 2/8/2006 2:37:29 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
> Steve what determines when to replace the Cable on the Tower Winch?
Hi, Phillip --
The industry standards are:
1) damage to the cable. This means deformed, kinked or obvious damage.
2) broken strands. You can have up to 6 broken strands and still be in spec.
3) rust. Real rust - not just surface rust.
To be honest, I haven't seen a ham tower cable that was bad enough to be
replaced. Especially based on the above criteria. I'll bet you a nickel that
yours isn't that bad either.
> I have a HDX 555 tower and would like to replace it with the Original
Size Cable or one size larger.
Oops - you have to go with the original size; the whole tower is designed
If in doubt, WWUSTS? What would US Tower say? Your job is to follow the
> If things go right I will also put an Electric Winch on the Tower. Do you
sell this kind of Cable or could you steer me to where I can get the Good
Cable. My old cable isn't frayed but I am redoing the tower and Coax and
antenna system and want to get it right the first time. I can't afford a
cause things only happen when the WX is 25 to 35 below zero.
In the remote chance that you actually need new cables, get them from
As far as adding a winch to your tower, it's not an easy job plus the
main haul cable will have to be replaced as it's probably too short for a
winch. You need more cable to go thru the winch mechanism.
If you really want to do something helpful to your crank-up and its cables,
get some cable lubricant and do a PM once or twice a year. (Champion Radio -
_www.championradio.com_ (http://www.championradio.com) - sells the PreLube 6
which is recommended by wire rope manufacturers.)
The other things you can do to prolong the service life of your cables
1) exercise the tower a couple of times a months. Just run it up and down
once or twice.
2) don't always park it at the same places. Vary the extended and retracted
stop point - that way the cables don't take a set at the limits.
Those, along with the aforementioned PM, should keep your cables in good
enough shape to last for years.
Champion Radio Products
PS - These were really good questions so I've posted this on TowerTalk. I
hope you don't mind.
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