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Re: [TowerTalk] Electric Winches

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Electric Winches
From: "Richard M. Gillingham" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 20:20:18 -0400
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I tilt my MA-550 over.  I built a version of a hinged boom to mast plate so 
my 3 EL Steppir stays horizontal all the way down.  I can disassemble it (if 
necessary) at ground level.  I built a secured cradle for the tower 
(tubular) to settle into when fully tilted over, so there is no stress at 
all on the base regardless of the wind.  If the wind is strong enough to 
damage the tower, Then my house will have vacated the lot long before.

However, I do agree that a tilted over tower, unsupported by other than the 
tilt cable, is more vulnerable to damage from strong winds than if it were 
left upright.  The twisting moment on the base would be incredible.

As they say, YMMV.

Best luck to all
Gil, W1RG
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From: "kd4e" <>
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Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2006 7:37 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Electric Winches

> > wrote:
>> Why would you want to tilt your tower over during a storm?  The surface 
>> area
>> is the same and it seems that it would be in a weaker position then
>> vertical.
> The winds are often stronger up in the clear as
> they are not broken by trees, houses, and in my
> case a large steel storage container.
> Also, in my case the tilted tower would be strapped
> to that steel container.
> Other's mileage may vary ... :-)
> -- 
> Thanks! & 73,
> doc, KD4E
> ... somewhere in FL
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