I have exactly the same view of this situation. Why build a redundant
support when climbing the existing support is the real issue?
I'd also lean toward the crane-on-demand solution, but I'd bet it would
take less money than $1000 or $2000 to strap a rail to the tree and
build a cage and motorized winch arrangement that a person could ride up
the tree in style and safety. The "cage" could be just a platform with
a fence, and the winch and battery could mount to the platform so you
could control it directly. The rail is the only thing that might
require a bit of thought.
Using a tower just doesn't make sense to me at all.
Robert Chudek - K0RC wrote:
> If you are serious about this, put your money in the bank and hire a crane
> service when necessary to do antenna work. How many times do you need to
> service the antenna each year? Then take your wife out to dinner with the
> extra cash.
> If that is not acceptable, forget about using a tower. Why do you need a
> tower? You're still gonna use the tree for mounting the antenna, right? The
> problem you face is climbing the tree. So you need a solution for climbing
> the tree, not adding another maintenance item (tower).
> I would go to Menards, Lowes, Home Depot, (whatever) and buy aluminum or
> fiberglass ladders. A 10 ft section of ladder will be a lot less than $200.
> Then I would fabricate standoffs that attach or lag into the tree. Next,
> attach to each ladder section. You don't have to worry about sway or anything
> 73 de Bob - KØRC in MN
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