|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] What Kind of Tower is This|
|From:||"Donald Chester" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Fri, 30 Mar 2007 17:16:49 +0000|
Probably a Rohn Clone. I have seen many of them. A lot of local welding shops made up towers for >the farmers to get a TV antenna up high enough to get the signal from the Big City. In my area of >Western Kentucky, what with the advent of Local Channels on Cable and Satellite TV, many can >be had for taking them down. Some of the locals have done so but I think most of that sort of >tower is dubious at best. It is one thing to drop a Channel Master Fringe Supreme in the dirt and >dropping a Ham Yagi, Rotor and all else.
I say that would have been true 25 years ago, but my experience in the early 80's was that practically every one of those abandoned home TV antenna towers in rural areas worth the trouble of taking down was scarfed up by CB'ers during the CB "boom".
With the advent of more TV stations on the air, and later, cable and then satellite, stratospheric TV receiving antennas in rural areas was pretty much a phenomenon of the 50's. Any of those things still standing to-day would be highly suspect. Many are undoubtedly 90% ferric oxide (known as rust), maybe held together with remnants of the original coat of paint applied at the factory.
Besides the danger of personal injury trying to take down the tower, there is the liability issue in case the tower fails during disassembly and causes property damage.
I would look for good used communications tower stock, such as Rohn 25 or better. Now that the CB craze has long ago fizzled, many of these may be had for the trouble of taking down.
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