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Re: [TowerTalk] cheap hams

To: Alan NV8A <>,"" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] cheap hams
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Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006 13:43:13 -0500
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Hi Alan,

I don't think careening from one extreme to the other helps the discussion 
at all.

There are plenty of sturdy, capable tower installations made from decent 
used pieces that don't cost an arm and a leg. You do not need to buy a 
new tower to have a good tower, any more than you need to buy a new car 
to get a good one.

Don't confuse resourcefulness with carelessness. The two need not  be 

73, kelly

> From: Alan NV8A <>
> Date: 2006/08/18 Fri PM 01:11:04 CDT
> To: "" <>
> CC: Jim Brown <>
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] cheap hams
> On 08/18/06 01:54 pm Jim Brown wrote:
> >> Two words come to mind:
> >> Resourceful
> >> Thrifty
> > 
> > Yes. And not all hams have spare cash laying around. For many, it is 
> > a stretch to own one decent radio. The cost of a beam on a properly 
> > engineered tower could put a child through a year at some colleges! 
> So if you can't afford to put up a beam on a properly engineered tower, 
> don't put put up a beam. Don't put up used rusty stuff using half as 
> much concrete and a quarter as much rebar as the manufacturer 
> Maybe the "cheap" installation will stay up; maybe it won't. But if my 
> tower falls down and injures or kills someone -- or even only does 
> serious property damage -- I don't want to be the one in court trying to 
> explain why I didn't do the job right.
> 73
> Alan NV8A
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