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Re: [TowerTalk] running cables up the tower

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] running cables up the tower
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 09:48:24 EDT
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Has  anyone out there run 1-5/8"
hardline up a ham tower? How  did you do it and  how did you attach it to  the

No need to go out and buy special stuff.  The weight of that much 1  5/8 inch 
cable is about 50 lbs (.8 lbs/ft).  All you need to do is to get  some rope 
sufficient to hold that much weight, put a pulley at the top and  attach the 
rope to the cable.  I use two hose clamps and tighten them  around the rope 
running parallel to the cable with a spacing of about a  foot between them.  It 
impossible to tighten them enough to bend the  hardline unless you actually 
try to.  
I've used this method to install lots of hardline from 1/2 to 1  5/8...worked 
without fail.
One other thing, install all cables on one leg, keeping the other two cable  
free.  It makes for a safer climb.
Bill K4XS

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