If you have the COMPLETE instructions / manual for the tower, there is a
very good gin pole/erection fixture diagram in the back. They are in common
use around the country I am sure. Some people I have heard are using surplus
aluminum utility pole(s) cut down and used. I think the pole is on the
order of 18ft. Best thing to do is to look at that and build something. It
cannot be expensive but somewhat labor intensive to get set up. The guy that
took my tower down had used the raising fixture for a US Tower but had to do
some welding to the existing HyGain concrete base ears to attach it.
Unfortunately, this would not be a good idea if you intend to reuse the ears
as of course you would. The welding might not be the way to treat them if
you know what I mean. ( Blake in Tampa are you reading this...maybe explain
how you did this over in Orlando...) All in all, I would just build the
fixture that HyGain suggested. - Mike
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Don Tucker
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2006 1:59 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Hy-Gain HG-70HD Crankup Tower
Have one of these and need some help. Very well built but a bear to work
with and I need to do some rotator repair and antenna repair after getting
it moved from Portland and reinstalled at our coast home.
1. Currently use the local auto hauler to come up, extend his boom, hook
around and lay the tower over (high associated cost and very difficult to
schedule plus can't get in when rains come during winter!). Does anyone
have any knowledge of a fixture/winch that someone has designed for this
tower that I can build to lay it over in lieu of the wrecker?
2. Any suggestions on a good and safe way to get just the inner section up
to get at the rotator. When fully nested it is impossible to get at the
darn thing. Regular fixed tower gin poles don't work.
3. Did Hy-Gain really construct it or was it done by another tower
manufacturer if anyone happens to know
Thanks in advance for the usual good advice from this site.
ARRL, WVDXC, 10-10 #71666, ARLHS #166, USLHS, QCWA #33545
K Sorter, ARRL 7th Area QSL Bureau
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